Saints & Feasts of the Liturgical Year

Saints & Feasts of the Liturgical Year

If a list were made of the greatest human beings who have ever lived, the saints would be at the top. Though historians often attempt to judge greatness from a subjective perspective, there must be objective criteria by which human greatness is judged. The only Being capable of establishing that criteria is God. The criteria that God has established are the virtues, as identified by Jesus and revealed by Him through the holy Gospels. The goal of this podcast is to present each saint found on the Catholic liturgical calendar in such a way so as to identify the Godly virtues that place each one on that list. The Church has already confirmed the saints’ greatness and their heroic virtues. Importantly, God chose the men and women found in these pages, not only for greatness in their lifetimes, but also as models of holiness in ours. These men and women are gifts to you, given by God through the Church. Each podecast reflection comes from the four-volume series Saints and Feasts of the Liturgical Year. These reflections can be read at our website for free: mycatholic.life. They are also available for purchase in eBook and paperback.

Episodes

April 23, 2024 8 mins
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April 25: Saint Mark the Evangelist—Feast

c. 12–c. 68
Patron Saint of attorneys, captives, shoemakers, lions, notaries, glass workers, Egypt, and Venice
Invoked against impenitence, insect bites, scrofulous & struma diseases
Pre-Congregation canonization
Liturgical Color: Red

Quote:
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I a...
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April 24: Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr—Optional Memorial

c. 1577–1622
Patron Saint of lawyers and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1746
Liturgical Color: Red

Quote:
Catholic faith, how stable, how firm you are, how well‐rooted, how well‐founded on a strong rock. Heaven and earth will pass away, but you can never perish. From t...
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April 23- Saint Adalbert, Bishop and Martyr—Optional Memorial

c. 956–997
Patron Saint of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic
Canonized by Pope Sylvester II in 999
Liturgical Color: Red

Quote:
Adalbert is that evangelical seed which fell to the earth and died, and has brought forth a manifold harvest in all the nations associated with his mission. This was the case of Bohemia, Hungary, the Po...
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April 23- Saint George, Martyr—Optional Memorial

Died c. 303
Patron Saint of agricultural workers, soldiers, archers, equestrians, chivalry, peacekeeping missions, sheep, shepherds, scouting, England and many other countries, cities, and dioceses
Invoked against skin diseases and syphilis
Pre-Congregation canonization
Liturgical Color: Red

Quote:
Immediately on the publication of the decree again...
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April 21- Saint Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop and Doctor of the Church—Optional Memorial

c. 1033–1109
Especially invoked by scholastic philosophers and in Canterbury
Possibly canonized prior to 1170; canonization confirmed by Pope Alexander VI on October 4, 1494
Declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Clement XI in 1720
Liturgical Color: White

Quote:
Man cannot seek God, unless God himself teaches...
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April 13: Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr—Optional Memorial

c. 595–655
Pre-Congregation canonization
Invoked by those persecuted by the state
Liturgical Color: Red (Purple if Lenten Weekday)

Quote:
It is now forty-seven days since I have been permitted to wash myself either in cold or warm water. I am quite wasted and chilled, and have had no respite either upon sea or land from the flux which I...
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April 11- Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr—Memorial

1030–1079
Patron Saint of Poland, soldiers in battle, moral order
Canonized by Pope Innocent IV on September 17, 1253, in Assisi, Italy
Liturgical Color: Red (Purple if Lenten Weekday)

Quote:
Just as a baptized person comes to Christian maturity by means of this sacrament of Confirmation, so Divine Providence gave to our nation, after its Ba...
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April 8: Annunciation of the Lord—Solemnity
Normally celebrated on March 25, but transfered to April 8 due to Holy Week this year

Liturgical Color: White

Quote:
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. ~Luke 1:38

Prayer:
Most glorious and ever-virgin Mary, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to you to announce the coming of God within your virginal womb...
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April 6, 2024 9 mins
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Divine Mercy Sunday—Solemnity
Eighth Day of of the Octave of Easter

Liturgical Color: White

Prayer:
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 (#1319). Jesus, I trust in You.

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April 7: Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Priest—Memorial

1651–1719
Patron Saint of educators
Canonized by Pope Leo XIII on May 24, 1900
Liturgical Color: White (Purple if Lenten Weekday)

Quote:
Indeed, if I had ever thought that the care I was taking of the schoolmasters out of pure charity would ever have made it my duty to live with them, I would have dropped the whole project. For since, natu...
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April 5: Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest—Optional Memorial

c.1350–1419
Patron Saint of builders, plumbers, fishermen, and prisoners
Canonized by Pope Calixtus III in 1455
Liturgical Color: White (Purple if Lenten Weekday)

Quote:
By study of Holy Scripture and by factual experience we know that when any great and heavy affliction is about to come on the world, often some warning sign is shown in the...
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April 4: Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church—Optional Memorial

c.560–636
Patron Saint of computer technicians, the Internet, and students
Pre-Congregation canonization
Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1722 by Pope Innocent XIII
Liturgical Color: White (Purple if Lenten Weekday)

Quote:
Isidore, a man of great distinction, bishop of the church of Seville, successor and brother of bis...
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April 2: Saint Francis of Paola, Hermit—Optional Memorial

1416–1507
Patron Saint of boatmen, mariners, and naval officers
Canonized by Pope Leo X on May 1, 1519
Liturgical Color: White (Purple if Lenten Weekday)

Quote:
Brothers, I most strongly urge you to work for the salvation of your souls with prudence and diligence. Death is certain, and life is short and vanishes like smoke. Therefore you ...
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March 29, 2024 10 mins
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Easter Sunday—Solemnity

c. 33 A.D.
Liturgical Color: White

Quote:
Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph! Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness. Rejoice, le...
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March 27, 2024 7 mins
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Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Triduum
Liturgical Color: Red

Quote:
“Let him be crucified!” But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!” ~Matthew 27:22–23

Prayer:
My suffering and sacrificial Lord, You have sanctified this day and endowed it with grace. As I commemorate Your saving sacrifice, draw me into this mystical act of love. Help me t...
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March 25, 2024 6 mins
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Holy Thursday

c. 33 A.D.
Liturgical Color: White

Quote:
Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.” ~Luke 22:19–20

Prayer:
My agonizing Lord, You endured every huma...
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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion—Solemnity
Sixth Sunday of Lent

Liturgical Color: Red

Quote:
Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest. ~Matthew 21:9

Prayer:
Most glorious King, blessed are You Who continuously comes to us, leading the way to Heaven. Hosanna in the highest! As I begin this most Holy Week, commemorating Your gift of salv...
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March 23: Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop—Optional Memorial

1538–1606
Patron Saint of Peru, Latin American bishops, and native people’s rights
Canonized by Pope Benedict XIII on December 10, 1726
Liturgical Color: Purple (Lenten Weekday)

Quote:
Nothing gave the saint so much pleasure as the greatest labors and dangers, to procure the least spiritual advantage to one soul. Burning with the mo...
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March 19: Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Solemnity

First Century
Patron Saint of the Universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and a happy death
Liturgical Color: White

Quote:
When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus. ~Matthew 1:24–25

Prayer:
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March 18- Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor—Optional Memorial

c. 315–c. 387
Pre-Congregation canonization
Declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII in 1883
Liturgical Color: Purple (Lenten Weekday)

Quote:
God is loving to man, and loving in no small measure. For say not, I have committed fornication and adultery: I have done dreadful things, and not once only, but often: will He...
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