Over in the side bar, under “Pages” at the top, there is now a link called Purgatorian Manual. Several years ago I was library book sale, and picked up a pocket sized leather bound book from 1930 called the Purgatorian Manual. It was published by the Redemptorist Fathers. The Manual is a devotional aid in […]
Archive for November, 2011
To wrap up our unofficial Octave of All Saints focusing on the Fourteen Holy Helpers, here are a couple pictures of the Grünewald altarpiece, by Matthias Grünewald.
Our last pair of Holy Helpers are Sts. Giles patron of cripples, and of making a good confession among many other things, and Vitus patron against epilepsy. I never knew anything about St. Giles before I happened to read the Liturgical Year entry on him this year (Sept 1st). I guess I missed it every […]
Today, during our unofficial Octave Of All Saints, we are featuring St. Dionysius patron against headaches, and St. Margaret of Antioch, patroness of safe child birth. Remember, St. Dionysius was the one who was martyred by having his head cut off, then, just to show them who is boss, he picked up his head and […]
Next up, probably the most popular after Sts. Christopher and George, are Sts. Blaise of throat blessing fame and Catherine of Alexandria patron against sudden death (like St. Christopher).
Today we have St Barbara, and one of my favorites, St. Eustace. I knew St. Eustace was the patron of hunters, but I didn’t realize he is also the patron saint of family discord. So I figured it was good to group him with St. Barbara since she was killed by her father. I also […]
Our next pair of Holy Helpers, Sts. Cyriacus, patron against temptations at the time of death, and Erasmus (not to be confused with the snarky renaissance guy), patron against intestinal ailments.
Today we have two lesser known Auxiliary saints. Saint Agathus of Byzantium, patron against headaches, and Saint Pantaleon patron of physicians and against cancer, tuberculosis among other things.
Happy All Saints day to everyone. The Alleluia for the Mass is one of my favorite verses: “Come to Me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.” (Matt. xi. 28.) There is a lot of garbage in this world. Many things can drag you down. We all mess things […]