Holy Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us!
In many countries, including the USA, today is a holy day of obligation, meaning you need to go to Mass if at all possible. In the UK it is a solemnity (so you do not need to abstain from meat) but it is not an obligation to go to Mass.
This was the previous ecclesiastical seat of the Roman Pontiff, before it was moved to the Vatican.
Today is the feast day of the archbasilica.
On this day two years ago, my grandmother passed away, having been taken ill suddenly and suffering kidney failure. I like to think it can also be her feast day, as she received the last rights and remained a faithful Catholic all her life.
St Monica, pray for us!
Bridie Mullen, RIP.
According to tradition, St Bartholomew’s missionary work was based largely in India and then, accompanied by St Jude, in Armenia.
Accounts of his death vary, with events including beheading, upside-down crucifixion, drowning after being beaten unconscious, and the most popular version being that he was flayed alive.
St Bartholomew, pray for us.
‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
St James the Apostle, pray for us.
St Mary Magdalen, pray for us.
‘Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.’
St Maria Goretti is the patron saint of victims of crimes, but especially of rape.
She died defending her chastity, as her 20-year-old neighbour attempted to rape her, and, when she successfully resisted, stabbed her fourteen times, fatally wounding her.
She forgave him on her deathbed.
He repented years later, crediting her intercession for him.
She is venerated as virgin and martyr.
St. Maria Goretti, pray for us.