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Friday, 20 May 2016

Saint Bernardine Of Siena. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 20 May.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Bernardine of Siena.
Feast Day 20 May.


White Vestments.

English: Church of Saint Bernardine of Siena in Kraków‎, Poland.
Български: Църква „Св. Бернард от Сиена“ в Краков, Полша.
Date: 26 October 2015.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)

At this Season of the Church's Liturgical Year, when Jesus, by His Triumph, has realised His name of Saviour, The Liturgical Cycle Celebrates The Feast of Saint Bernardine, who was consumed "by the very ardent love of The Divine Name (Jesus)" (Collect).

Born of a noble family of Siena, Italy, Saint Bernardine renounced all his possessions. He kept his Chastity intact, in spite of the dangers to which his handsome features exposed him. The Church applies to him the words of Holy Scripture: "He had it in his power to violate The Commandment of God, and he did not violate it" (Epistle).

in the Capella del Voto; Duomo; Siena, Italy.
Photo: 2005-10-11.
Source: User:JoJan.
Author: Antonio Raggi.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"Not placing his hope in money and treasures" (ibid),  he left all, to follow Christ (Gospel), and entered The Order of Saint Francis, one of whose glories he is. Travelling through towns and villages, everywhere he Preached the name of Jesus (Collect) and thereby wrought many Miracles.

Saint Peter Celestine [Editor: See yesterday's Feast] appeared to him, to warn him of his approaching end, which came on Ascension Eve, 1444.

Let us ask God to grant us, through the intercession and merits of Saint Bernardine, a great love for the name of Jesus and, thereby, to kindle in us the flame of Divine Charity (Collect).

Mass: Os justi.

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