Book of Saints – Mary – 1 November

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(Saint) Virgin Martyr (November 1) (2nd century) During the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, a certain Senator discovered that one of his slaves, by name Mary, refused at a festival to partake of viands which had been consecrated to the gods of Rome. He imprisoned her, but, being accused of harbouring a Christian, delivered her over to the populace, who were clamouring for her death. Yet these same people, witnessing her patient endurance of torture, induced her judges to remand her to prison. There she expired from the effects of her wounds (A.D. 120).

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Mary”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Legends of the Blessed Sacrament – The Devotion of Saint Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, to the Blessed Sacrament

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When this Saint, who owed his religious training to the piety of his grandmother Saint Ludmilla, his mother Drahomira being a heathen, came to the government of Bohemia, his over-ruling desire was to win his entire kingdom to the Catholic faith. It was striking to see the young Duke, tired with the business of the day, passing whole nights in prayer for his people before the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Daily he was in the habit of hearing Holy Mass, kneeling on the stone flags of the church. It was a joy to him to see the priests at the altar, and to dress the altars himself, for his love for Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament was very great. On this account he would prepare the breads intended for the Hosts in Holy Communion with hie own hands. The corn-field devoted to this purpose he not only tilled and sowed, but he also would be seen reaping the same, and, after grinding the corn into the finest flour, would himself prepare and bake the altar-breads, and humbly present them to the priest. Often in the midst of a winter’s night he would rise from his couch in order to visit our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. His soul was so inflamed with the love of God that it imparted heat even to his very body.

On one occasion, in company with a servant, he went barefoot to the church in the depth of winter. Ice and snow covered the ground. Wenceslas stepped bravely forward, the servant following, trembling and bitterly complaining of the pain which his feet suffered from the deep snow. Then did the Saint advise him to tread in his footsteps; and behold a pleasant warmth imparted itself to the feet of the servant, who now followed the Saint with gladness. It was his love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament which gave birth to those sweet graces of his character which rendered him so femous through the whole length and breadth of his dominions — his humility, his zeal for the honour of God, his inflexible justice, and his most tender compassion for the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the forsaken.

As might be expected, such virtues gained him also many enemies, and his heathen mother united with his godless brother in a scheme for putting him out of the way. Now when a son was born to the brother of the Saint, he and his mother invited Wenceslas to pay them a visit. Without suspicion of their purpose the Saint aocepted the invitation. But the following night, entering, according to his wont, into, the church to pray before the altar, he was assailed by his murderers, and by his own brother pierced through with a lance on the 28th September 936.

MLA Citation

  • Emily Mary Shapcote. “The Devotion of Saint Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, to the Blessed Sacrament”. Legends of the Blessed Sacrament, 1877. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Book of Saints – Maruthas

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(Saint) Bishop (December 4) (4th century) This holy man flourished in Mesopotamia towards the end of the fourth century. His contemporaries are unanimous in their praise of his learning, virtues and miracles. Syrian chroniclers style him Bishop of Tigrit. He attended the Council of Constantinople against Macedonius (A.D. 380), and made various other journeys to the Imperial Capital to implore the intervention of the Emperors Arcadius and Theodosius the Younger between King Isdegerdes of Persia and his persecuted Christian subjects. Saint Chrysostom pays a great tribute of praise to Saint Maruthas for his zeal in the cause of the afflicted Church of Persia. The Saint at length gained the Royal favour, and thus was enabled to build and repair churches, to restore ecclesiastical discipline and even to convoke Synods at Ctesiphon. The concluding of a Peace between Constantinople and Persia at that difficult period is due to his tact and energy. In his Episcopal city of Tigrit, he collected the scattered relics of Persian Martyrs and enshrined there so many that it gained the name of Martyropolis (City of Martyrs). The body of Saint Maruthas was soon placed among and shared the honour paid to them. Later it was translated to Egypt. Saint Maruthas has written many valuable works in the Syriac language, among them a Liturgy, a Commentary on the Gospels, and some account of his own times.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Maruthas”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Book of Saints – Matyrs of Uganda

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(May 26) (19th century) Twenty-two natives of Uganda, converted to Christianity by the “White Fathers” of Algiers, and put to death on that account by Mwanga, King of the country, at various dates between the years 1885 and 1887. Thirteen of them were burned to death at the stake, and the rest executed in various ways. Pope Benedict XV declared them to be true Martyrs (A.D. 1920). Many other Christians were also called upon to give their lives for Christ, until the British occupation of the country put an end to the persecution.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Martyrs of Uganda”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Book of Saints – Martyrs of Tarsus

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(Saints) (June 6) (3rd century) Twenty victims at Tarsus in Asia Minor of the persecution under Diocletian. A.D. 290 is given as the date of their martyrdom. They were famous in antiquity, and their relics seem (at least in part) to have been transported to Africa, where Saint Augustine makes mention of them. Authentic details concerning their lives and sufferings are now lacking.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Martyrs of Tarsus”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Blessed Francesc Llach Candell

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Priest. Member of the Sons of the Holy Family. Secretary of his community and science teacher at Saint Peter the Apostle school in Reus, Tarragona, Spain. He was arrested on 25 July 1936 during the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War for the crime of being a priest, imprisoned on the ship Cabo Cullera of Tarragona, and then executed. Martyr.

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Beatified

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Francesc Llach Candell“. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Book of Saints – Martyrs of Syria – 14 November

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(Saints) (November 14) (8th century) A number of Christian women put to a cruel death at Emesa (Horns) by the Mohammedan Arabs, conquerors of Syria (A.D. 773).

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Martyrs of Syria”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Blessed Fermí Martorell Vies

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Priest. Member of the Sons of the Holy Family, and the treasurer of his community. Teacher at Saint Peter the Apostle school in Reus, Tarragona, Spain. He was arrested on 27 July 1936 during the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War for the crime of being a priest, imprisoned on the ship Rio Segre of Tarragona, and then executed. Martyr.

Born

Died

Venerated

Beatified

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Fermí Martorell Vies“. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Martyrs of Syria

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350 monks massacred by heretics for their adherence to orthodox Christianity and the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon.

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MLA Citation

  • “Martyrs of Syria“. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>

Book of Saints – Martyrs of Syria – 31 July

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(Saints) (July 31) (6th century) Three hundred and fifty Catholic monks, massacred in Syria (A.D. 517) by the heretical opponents of the Council of Chalcedon.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Martyrs of Syria”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 November 2014. Web. 29 November 2014. <>