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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 5 July.

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

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria.
   Feast Day 5 July.


White Vestments.

English: Portrait of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria.
Español: Pintura de San Antonio Maria Zaccaria.
Date: Unknown.
Source: Archivo personal.
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Anthony Mary was born, in 1502, of a noble family at Cremona, Italy. Penetrating of mind, added to integrity of life, raised him above his school fellows. Having won his Degree, of Doctor of Medicine, at Padua, he understood, by a warning from God, that he was called to heal Spiritual, rather than bodily, diseases.

Like the young man in the Gospel, he had from childhood observed The Commandments; he left everything to follow Jesus (Gospel). He Founded The Order of Clerks Regular, whose Members are called Barnabites [Editor: So named after the companion of Saint Paul.] Saint Anthony Mary gave them Saint Paul as model and protector. He was, like the great Apostle, filled with super-eminent knowledge of Christ (Collect). Wherefore, the Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, and Communion, apply to him the very words of the Apostle, and the Epistle is that in which The Doctor of the Gentiles gives to his disciple, Timothy, the counsels that guided him in his teaching.

Consoled by a Heavenly vision of The Apostles, he died a Holy Death, at the age of thirty-six, in 1539.

Mass: Sermo meus.
Commemoration: Of The Octave of The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
Preface: Of The Apostles.

English: The Church of Saint Barnabas and Saint Paul, Milan, Italy.
Italiano: Milano - Chiesa dei Ss. Barnaba e Paolo.
Photo: August 2008.
Source: Own work.
Author: MarkusMark.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

While in Milan, he laid the foundations of three Religious Orders: one for men (The Clerics Regular of Saint Paul, commonly known as The Barnabites); a female branch of un-cloistered Nuns, The Angelic Sisters of Saint Paul; and a Lay Congregation for married people, The Laity of Saint Paul, originally called The Married of Saint Paul, and sometimes referred to in North America as The Oblates of Saint Paul.

"The Congregation of The Regular Clerks of Saint Paul" was Canonically sanctioned by Pope Clement VII in 1533. The Barnabites' main devotions were the teachings of Saint Paul and emphasis on love for The Eucharist and Christ Crucified.

The Order was named after the companion of Saint Paul. Since The Order criticised what they saw as abuses in The Roman Catholic Church, Zaccaria soon gained a number of enemies, and, as The Order's Founder, he was twice investigated for Heresy, in 1534 and 1537. He was acquitted both times. In 1536, he stepped down as General of The Order and went to Vicenza, Italy, where he reformed two Convents and Founded The Order's second House.

On 15 January 1535, Pope Paul III approved The Angelic Sisters with the Bull, "Debitum pastoralis officii".

After his death, a number of cures were attributed to the intercession of Anthony Mary Zaccaria. Twenty-seven years after his death, his body was found to be incorrupt. His mortal remains are now enshrined at the Church of Saint Barnabas, Milan, Italy. He was Canonised by Pope Leo XIII on

27 May 1897. His Feast Day is Celebrated on 5 July. He is a Patron Saint of Physicians.

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