Passion of John the Baptist

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, also known as the Decollation of Saint John the Baptist or the Beheading of the Forerunner, is a holy day observed by various Christian churches that follow liturgical traditions. The day commemorates the martyrdom by beheading of Saint John the Baptist on the orders of Herod Antipas through the vengeful request of his step-daughter Salome and her mother.

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St. Monica, Married Woman

Patroness of Mothers, Difficult marriages, disappointing children, victims of adultery or unfaithfulness, victims of (verbal) abuse, and conversion of relatives,; an early Christian saint and the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo; remembered and honored in most Christian denominations, albeit on different feast days, for her outstanding Christian virtues, particularly the suffering caused by her husband's adultery, and her prayerful life [...]

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St. Louis, King

King Louis IX (25 April 1214 – 25 August 1270), commonly known as Saint Louis; a Capetian King of France; reigned from 1226 until his death; crowned in Reims at the age of 12, following the death of his father Louis VIII the Lion, although his mother, Blanche of Castile, ruled the kingdom until he reached maturity. Died of the plague; patron of [...]

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St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

St. Joseph Calasanz, +August 25, 1648 (aged 90); also known as Joseph Calasanctius and Josephus a Matre Dei, was a Spanish Catholic priest, educator and the founder of the Pious Schools, providing free education to the sons of the poor, and the Religious Order that ran them, commonly known as thePiarists. He is honored as a saint by the Catholic Church;  patron of all [...]

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St. Bartholomew, Apostle

One of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus;  identified with Nathanael (alternatively spelled Nathaniel), who appears in the Gospel according to John as being introduced to Christ by Philip (who would also become an apostle);  seized by the king's brother Astiagus in the city of Alban (now the city of Baku), and crucified upside down.  But even from the cross he did not cease to proclaim [...]

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St. Rose of Lima, Virgin

Isabela de Oliva, + 1617 at age 31; nicknamed Rosa because of her beauty; a Spanish colonist in Lima, Peru; known for both her life of severe asceticism and her care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts. A lay member of the Dominican Order; declared a saint by the Catholic Church, patroness of South America, especially Peru; also florists [...]

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Queenship of Mary

On the 11th OF October 1954, Pope Pius XII established the Feast of the Queenship of Mary to be celebrated throughout the world, and commanded that on that day each year, the world should renew its consecration to her; the Feast came to be celebrated on 22nd of August.  "The purpose of the Feast is [...]

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St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

Born in 1090, at Fontaines, near Dijon, France; died at Clairvaux, 21 August, 1153; a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order; After the death of his mother, Bernard sought admission into the Cistercian order;  patron saint of the Alps in 1923. His image appears in the flag of some detachments of the Tyrolean Alpine Guard. He [...]

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St. John Eudes, Priest

John Eudes (14 November 1601 – 19 August 1680); French missionary and priest; founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary and the Order of Our Lady of Charity; author of the propers for the Mass and Divine Office of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

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