St. Pius I

Pope_Pius_ISt. Pius I, a great Pope of the Second Century, is said by tradition to have established a baptistery in the house of the Prudenti, or de Pastore. His bother is the author of the Shepherd of Hermas which has been styled a “vast examination of the conscience of the Roman Church at the end o the first half of the Second Century.” To St. Pius is attributed the fixation of the Feast of the Resurrection on Sunday, which day then became the central Sunday of the year. He was buried in the Vatican.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

The Seven Holy Brothers

felicitysevensonsFelicitas and her seven sons were put to death for the Faith, about the year 162, under Marcus Aurelius. The sons preceded their mother to heaven; she followed them four months afterwards. In order to strike terror into the hearts of the Christians the death sentences were not all carried out in the same place, for Januarius was beaten to death with leaden scourges and was buried in the Cemetery of Praetextatus, Felix and Philip died under the whip and received burial in that of Priscilla, Silanus was thrown from a precipice and was interred with his mother in the Cemetery of Maximus, Alexander, Vitalis and Martial were beheaded and were given the honor of sepulture in the Cemetery of the Giordani.

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St. John Fisher

santjoanSt. John Fisher, born at Beverly, Yorkshire, Englandin 1469, was the son of a draper. He was educated At Cambridge and thereafter was always connected with the life of the university. He was appointed Bishop of Rochester in 1504 and in the same year was elected Chancellor of Cambridge University, to which post he was elected annually for ten years and then appointed for life. When the question of the divorce of Henry VIII from Queen Catherine arose, Fisher became the queen’s chief supporter and most trusted counselor.

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