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PATRON SAINTS OF TRADE; AND OF PROFESSIONSAeronauts-Our Lady of Loreto. Architects St. Pucisus, martyr, super intendent of the buildings of King Sapor:April 21. Automobilists St. Christopher: July 25. Bakers St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who gave her all to the poor: November 19. Bookbinders St. Peter Celestine, who covered his books with leather: May 19. Builders St. Vincent Ferrer, said to have restored to life three persons who had fallen from heights: April 5. Butchers St. Aureliatus, who was originally a heathen, and killed animals forsacrifice:
Physicians Saints Cormas and Damlan, studied medicine in Syria, where they d the Poor free of charge: Septem-
Joseph: March 19.
Comedians St. Vitus: June 15. Dyers St. Lydia: August 3. Farmers St. George, signifyingof the soil:" April 23.
Fishermen St. Andrew: November 30. and Gardeners St. Dorothy: February 6. Hatters St. Stevens ol Ravenna, whoFloristshis election to the Bishopric of Ravenna: February 1. Hunters St. Hubert, who, passionately fond of hunting, was pursuing the sport in Holy Week, when a deer, with a cross be-
was a hatter before
its horns, passed him. He became fervent in religion, and eventually a Bishop: November 3. Jewellers St. Eligius, who displayed a great skill in the working of gold: December 1. Journalists St. Frances de Sales Janu-
Lawyers St. Ives, who studied in Paris, and pleaded the cause of poor people and widows: May 19. Merchants St. Francis of Assisi, who before his conversion was a noted merchant: October4.
glad tidings": March 18. Millers St. Victor, who was condemned to death because he refused to offer sacrifice to idols, and was thrown across a mill wheel, which refused to turn: July 21.
St. Cecilia: St.
November Mark: April 25.
Painter:St. Luke, who has given us his Gospel the best picture of Our:
Catherine of Alexan-
THE ROMAN MARTYROLOGY
SmttattPUBLISHED BY ORDER OF GREGORYREVISED BY THE AUTHORITY OP
Afterwards, in the year 1749,
Augmented and Corrected by
LAST EDITION, ACCORDING TO THE COPY PRINTED AT ROME IN
TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN WITH AN INTRODUCTION BYTHE MOST REV. ARCHBISHOP OF BALTIMORE.
JOHN MURPHY COMPANY,Printersto
Holy See and
MOV 2 7 1942
CARD. GIBBONS,ARCHIEP. BALT.
BY JOHN MURPHY
accredited record, on the pages of which
are set forth
impressive words, the glorious deeds of the Soldiersof Christ in all ages of the
Church of the;
Heroes and Heroines of the Cross,this long roll of honor, the
verdict has beatified or canonized.
In making up
by that instinctive
Church has been actuated wisdom with which the Spirit ofall truth,
God, who abides in her and teaches her
has endowed her, and which permeates through and guides all her actions. She is the Spouse of Christ,
without spot or wrinkle or blemish, wholly glorious
and undefiled, whom He loved, for whom He died, and to whom He promised the Spirit of Truth, tocomfort her in her dreary pilgrimage through this She valley of tears, and to abide with her forever.is
in love, she is subject
in all things; she loves
teaches and practises whatIf the
what He loves, He commands.
"Legions of Honor," why
should not also the Church of the Living God, thepillar
and the ground
of the truth?
been tainted with
have been stained with blood, vice, have had their memory consecrated in prose andin verse,
men who and women who haveIf
erected to their memory,
because they exhibited
achieved great success, or
were, to a greater or less extent, benefactors of their
race in the temporal order, which passe th away,
why should not
the true Heroes and Heroines of
Jesus, who, imitating His example, have overcome
themselves, risen superior to and trampled upon the
world, have aspired, in
their thoughts, words,
actions, to a heavenly crown,
and have more-
over labored with disinterested zeal and self -forgetting love for the good of their fellow-men, have their
memories likewise consecrated and embalmed
minds and hearts of the peoplehaveits heroes,
why should not eternity; if man, why should not God? "Thy friends, O Lord, areexceedingly honored; their principalityingly exaltedI"
His Father so dearly loved,the world neglects, de-
the world crucified;
God, through His Church, exceedingly honors and exalts. Their praises are sung forth, with jubilation of heart, in the Churchspises,
God for ages on ages. The wisdom of the Churchis
equaled only by the great utility of thethusconsecrated.
merely heroes; they are models.
Christ lived in
them, and Christ yet speaks through them. They were the living temples of the Holy Ghost, in whose mortal bodies dwelt all the riches of His wisdom andgrace.lars
in life consecrated
example appeals our hearts, more eloquently even than did their\vordsto
and perfection. Their our minds and to
were in the tabernacle of thestill
Though dead, theytinue to
Their relics are
instinct with sanctity,
and through them they conbreathe forth Ihe sweet odor of Christ. Theinto
which they have entered still lingers in their bones, and seems to breathe in their mortal remains. As many an ardent, spirit has beenimmortality
induced to rush
the exploits of earthly heroes, so
cannon's mouth by reading many a generous
Christian soul has been fired with heavenly ardor,
INTRODUCTION.to rush to the
and been impelledof the Saintsits silent
dom, by reading the lives and heroic achievements
and Martyrs of Christ. Example, in appeal, is more potent in its influence onheart and conduct than are words in their
most eloquent utterances.
The Church knows andof
feels all this, in the Spirit
God with whom
replenished ; and hence she
with holy joy and exultant hope, her
of bright and ever-increasing Calendar of Sanctity just men and women made perfect and rendered
under her unearthly and sublime teachings.roll
In reading this
of consecrated holiness,is,
precisely that which the
great soul of St. Augustine reached at the very crisisof hislife,
of his conversion
attained to such sanctity,
Shall the poor, the afflicted, the despised of the
away the palmI lie
of victory, the
lose the brilliant
mansion already prepared for me in heaven? Shall all the gifts, which God has lavished upon me, be ingloriously spent and foolishly wasted, in the pettycontest for this world's evanescent honors and riches,
while the poor and contemned lay up treasures in
heaven, and secure the prize of immortal glory?Shall others be the friends of God,to honor, while I alone
remain His enemy, and an
from His blessed Kingdom ?" is a consoling evidence of progress in thefirst
itual life in this country to find the
here published, for thethereby
time, in English,
in its rich treasures of
Sanctity, to all classes of our population.
prove highly edifying and useful, not only to