St. Peter Nolasco, Confessor

stpeternolascoSt. Peter was born of a noble family in Languedoc, about 1189.  He founded the Order for the Redemption of Captives, and for twenty-five years toiled to release Christian captives from Turkish slavery.  Worn out by his labors he died on Christmas Day, in 1256.

Source: Fr. Lasance Missal.

The Second Feast of St. Agnes, Virgin, Martyr

st-agnes-the-roman-virgin-martyrAccording to some, St. Agnes appeared to her parents eight days after her martyrdom.   The ancient sacramentaries show clearly that this day celebrates the actual earthly birthday of St. Agnes; the nativity of John the Baptist and of the Blessed Virgin are thus celebrated because they were free from original sin; the earthly birth of St. Agnes is celebrated because her whole life abounded in divine grace.
(Source: Fr. Lasance, The New Roman Missal)