Saturday, October 01, 2016

Saint Remigius, Bishop & Confessor

Saint Remigius, much discussed in classes on early Medieval History, was the Bishop of Rheims who baptized Clovis, King of the Franks, winning the Merovingian Dynasty and all of what would become France for Holy Mother the Church.

Expecting to find Saint Therese of Lisieux celebrated today? Her feast in the 1962 Ordo is October 3, not October 1!

Saint Remigius, please pray for us!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Saint Jerome, Priest, Confessor, & Doctor Of the Church

The Golden Legend

The Catholic Encylopedia

A familiar image to old readers, once a banner image here at Recta Ratio

Saint Jerome, please pray for us!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Michaelmas, 2016

Today is Michaelmas, the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels.

Saint Michael, perhaps the greatest of the Archangels, is the protector of the Church.

Michaelmas was a quarterly rent day in England and Ireland. It is the start of the university term at both Oxford and Cambridge. Presents and feasts featuring geese were very much the custom at this time of year.
Check here and here for Michaelmas customs.

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio, contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
Defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the
Wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
We humbly pray.
And do thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host,
By the Divine Power,
Thrust into Hell
Satan and all the other evil spirits
Which prowl about the world,
Seeking the ruin of souls.

St. Michael protecting a newly deceased soul from the clutches of demons lurking by the deathbed.

Saint Michael also has another important duty. He is the principal usher of newly deceased souls to heaven. Medieval Books of Hours, as part of the Office of the Dead, often included a deathbed scene, where the soul of the just-departed leaves the body, and St. Michael has to fight off various demons who try to snatch the soul and carry it off to Hell. St. Michael is, therefore, one of the saints whose intercession is customarily invoked for a happy death, along with Our Blessed Lady, St. Joseph, and St. Peter.

And of course, St. Michael is believed to be the one who will measure the worthiness of souls at the Last Judgment, as seen in this detail from Memling's Last Judgment triptych.

Here is a site with prayers to Saint Michael, including the variations of the basic prayer above.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Saint Wenceslaus, Duke & Martyr

Saint Wenceslaus, please pray for us!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Saints Cosmas & Damien, Martyrs

Today is the feast of twin brothers, both physicians, who treated the poor without charging a fee. They were martyred for the Faith around 287 AD.

Saints Cosmas and Damien, please pray for us!

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