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1 Some Saint's days on Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:42 pm

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January 16. In Honor of St. Peter's chains.

Herode Agrippa, after killed St. Jack, the Brother of St. John the evangelist, caught St. Peter and put him in jail. He wanted to kill him too after the Jewish easter day. The church prayed for Peter continually. (Acts 12)

When easter day arrived, God's angel appeared in St. Peter's jail. St. Peter, two chains in hand, slept between two soldiers. The angel woke him up, saying: "Peter, put your clothes on and follow me". He did, and when he arrived outside the jail, the angel disappeared. Peter realized he was saved by God who sent His angel for this purpose. He went to the house of Mary, mother of Mark the evangelist where the majority of the church was praying for him.



San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is a minor basilica in Rome, Italy. It is most famous for housing Michelangelo's statue Moses.

The basilica was first built in the middle of the 5th century to house the relic of the chains that bound Saint Peter while imprisoned in Jerusalem.

According to legend, when Empress Eudoxia (wife of Emperor Valentinian III) gave Pope Leo I the chains as a gift, he compared them to the chains of St. Peter's first imprisonment in the Mamertine Prison in Rome and the two chains miraculously fused together.

The chains are kept in a reliquary under the main altar in the basilica.

The basilica has undergone several restorations and rebuildings, including a restoration by Pope Adrian I, a rebuilding by Pope Sixtus IV and another by Pope Julius II. There was also a renovation in 1875. Some modernizations were made at that time.

Michelangelo's Moses, which dates from 1515, is the most notable piece of artwork in the basilica. Originally intended as part of a 40-statue funeral monument for Pope Julius II, "Moses" became the Pope's funeral monument and tomb in his family's church.



Two of St. Peter's chains are at Rome, in a small church called: "Church of St. Peter's chains", edified by The Queen "Oedixia" to keep and honor them. The church honors these chains on January 16.


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2 For Christian unity on Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:17 pm

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January 18 to 25

The church prays for the unity of all churches, to be one like the Son and the Father are one.

Praying hard ...

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us I trust in You!

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.


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3 St. Ephrem The Syriac on Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:00 pm

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January 28. Feast of St. Ephrem according to the eastern Saint's calender.

St. Ephrem was born in Nisibis, (currently a city in Iraq), at the beginning of the fourth century. He was educated in Edessa. As a disciple of Bishop James of Nisibis, he was ordained to the Diaconate and was a lecturer in the newly-established school at Nisibis. After the fall of Nisibis, Ephrem departed from the city and began to teach in Edessa, where he lived in a "solitary" cell on a rock hill. After a life of good works, preaching, religious writings, and ascetical exercises he died in 373.

St. Ephrem was a prolific writer and left the Church an abundance of sermons, commentaries, and hymns. Because of this enormous amount of material, he was given the titles "Pillar of the Church'' and "Harp of the Holy Spirit." The body of his writing comprises a central part of the liturgical prayer life of the Antiochene Churches.


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4 Re: Some Saint's days on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:37 pm

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February 2, 541 AD The Presentation of the Lord


The Presentation of the Lord is the feast of modesty and surrender to God's Law represented by the Church.
John Paul II proclaimed this feast day for all the consecrated.

Things to Do:

1.) Ask your parish priest to bless the candles that you will be using on your home altar this year.
2.) Have a family Candlemas procession, found in the prayer below.
3.) Read Luke 2:22-35, the account of the presentation including the Canticle of Simeon.
4.) Meditate on the constant fiat of Our Lady of Sorrows, who embraced the will of God even as Simeon predicted that a sword would pierce her heart.

Blessing of Candles

On February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, also known as the Candlemas, the priest blesses the candles before the Mass. He sings or recites five prayers of blessing, two of which are given here in English translation. This prayer is from the old Latin rite. See the Book of Blessings for the new blessing of candles on the Feast of the Presentation.

O holy Lord, Almighty Father, eternal God, thou hast created all things from nothing; thou hast commanded the bees to produce this liquid of wax which has been made into a perfect candle; thou hast on this day fulfilled the petitions of the just Simeon: We humbly implore thee through the invocation of thy holy name and through the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, whose feast we devoutly celebrate today, also through the prayers of all thy saints: Deign to bless and sanctify these candles for human use, for the welfare of body and soul both on land and on water. These thy servants desire to carry them in their hands while they praise thee with their hymns: Hear their voices graciously from thy holy Heaven and from the throne of thy majesty; be merciful to all who cry to thee, whom thou hast redeemed by the precious blood of thy Son, who lives and reigns with thee, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, true light that enlightens every man who comes into this world, bestow thy blessing upon these candles, and sanctify them with the light of thy grace. As these tapers burn with visible fire and dispel the darkness of night, so may our hearts with the help of thy grace be enlightened by the invisible fire of the splendor of the Holy Ghost, and may be free from all blindness of sin. Clarify the eyes of our minds that we may see what is pleasing to thee and conducive to our salvation. After the dark perils of this life let us be worthy to reach the eternal light. Through thee, Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, who in perfect Trinity livest and reignest, God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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5 St. Bakhita " Slave, with a free Heart" on Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:20 pm

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During the very difficult year of slavery, St. Bakhita remained faithful to the principles of a clear conscience, revealing a great strength of soul,wisdom and equilibrium. She subdued her natural boldness, without losing the sense of human dignity;

Read more story of St. Bakhita https://www.our-lady-for-life.com/saints-f2/josephine-bakhita-1869-1947-february-8-t338.htm


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6 Re: Some Saint's days on Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:52 pm

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February 9, 2010
St. Maron's feast day

St. Maron pray for us ...
St. Maron heal your Lebanon


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7 St. Apollonia, Feb 9 on Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:01 am

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Patron Saint of: Dentists,Toothache

There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.

The Church has quite a sense of humor! Appolonia is honored as the patron saint of dentists, but this woman who had her teeth extracted without anesthetic surely ought to be the patron of those who dread the chair. She might also be the patron of the aging, for she attained glory in her old age


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8 Re: Some Saint's days on Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:59 pm

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2\14\2010 St. Valentine's day

"Valentinus" a Roman Christian priest was tormented and jailed by Governor "Claudius" because he didn't deny his Christianity, but wanted him to worship Roman god's. In the middle of the second century A.D., Claudius the Roman governor forbade weddings in his realm, because he wanted men for war. "Valentinus" didn't accept this royal order and secretly married all men and women who desired to be married.

Claudius caught him, put him in jail, and urged him to deny his beliefs. Valentinus didn't accept it, but rather, declared his love to the real God. Claudius beheaded him on 286 A.D.

Pope Alexandre VI declared St. Valentinus as the Patron of Lovers.


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9 March 2 - ST. JOHN Maron on Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:42 pm

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March 2 - Saint John Maron First Patriarch of The Maronite Church Saint John Maron, monk of the Monastery of St. Maron and Bishop of Batroun and Mount Lebanon, was elected the first Patriarch of the Maronite Church during the second half of the seventh century AD (c 686 AD), when the See of Antioch lay vacant. He was the first Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, and the 63rd in succession to St. Peter, who founded the See of Antioch in the first century AD. This marked the beginning of the ecclesiastical, national, and organizational structure of the Maronite church. St. John Maron and his followers were forced to migrate to Lebanon following assault by imperatorial troops and persecution during the Muslim conquest. The Patriarchal Seat was then transferred to kfarhai, batroun, where a monastery was built (Rich Mro = “Head of Maron”) to house the skull of St. Maron. Traditionally, this was where St. John Maron died and was buried on 9 March 707 AD. His feast in now celebrated on the second day of March in the Maronite calendar. St. John Maron was endowed with a militant apostolic zeal, and under his leadership, a decisive victory was won by the Maronites, which drew the population of Lebanon around the Patriarch. However, St. John Maron was not only a national leader; he was also a Saint who was active in apostolic missions, teaching, preaching and visiting his people, especially during a time of plague (685AD), for which he wrote a special mass. He also wrote a book on theological doctrine…


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