Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
Bishop and Martyr.
Feast Day 7 August.
The Miracle of Saint Donatus.
Artist: José de Ribera (1591–1652).
Amiens, Museum of Picardy.
Author: José de Ribera (1591–1652).
Saint Donatus, Bishop of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, was arrested under the Emperor Julian the Apostate and was beheaded in 362 A.D.
Donatus was Ordained a Deacon and Priest by Saint Satyrus of Arezzo, Bishop of that City, and continued to Preach in the City and in the surrounding region. At the death of Satyrus, Donatus was appointed a Bishop by Pope Julius I. A man named Anthimus was Donatus' Deacon.
During a Celebration of Mass, at the moment of the giving of Communion, in which a glass Chalice was being administered, some pagans entered the Church and shattered the Chalice in question. Donatus, after intense Prayer, collected all of the fragments and joined them together. There was a piece missing from the bottom of the Chalice; miraculously, however, nothing spilled from it. Astounded, seventy-nine pagans converted to Christianity.
A month after this episode, the Prefect of Arezzo, Quadratian, arrested Hilarian the Monk and Donatus. Hilarian was Martyred on 16 July 362 A.D., and Donatus was beheaded on 7 August at Arezzo.
Saint Donatus Catholic Church,
United States of America.
Photo: 1 January 1970.
Church of Santa Maria e San Donato a Murano,
Photo: 30 December 2003.
Source: Own work.