Religious calendars

Religious calendars

21 May 2022 (MIA)

Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist John

The main commemoration of this great Apostle and Evangelist is on September 26, but on May 8 is commemorated a wonderful revelation about his grave. When St. John was more than a hundred years old, he took seven of his disciples, went outside the city of Ephesus and told the disciples to dig a grave in the form of a cross. Then the old man went down alive into the grave and was buried. When the faithful later opened John’s grave, they did not find the body in it. And on May 8 each year a dust arose from the grave, from which those suffering from many diseases were healed.

Catholic Calendar

St. Eugene de Mazenod

He was born on August 1, 1782 at Aix-en-Provence, southern France as Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod. He died on May 21, 1861 at Marseille, France of cancer. On December 12, 1936, his body was exhumed and found to be intact; part of his heart is venerated at Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Oblate-owned Lourdes Grotto of the Southwest in San Antonio, Texas, USA. He founded 23 parishes, built or restored 50 churches, cared for aged and persecuted priests, restored ecclesiastical discipline, and developed catechetics for young people. Started work on the cathedral and shrine of Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille. Welcomed 33 congregations of religious brothers and sisters into the diocese. More than doubled the number of priests in his diocese, and celebrated all ordinations himself. Eugene realigned parishes and manoeuvred behind the scenes to weaken the government monopoly on education. He was an outspoken supporter of the papacy, and fought government intervention into Church matters. Publicly endorsed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, and worked for its promulgation. His printed writings run to 25 volumes. Made a peer of the French Empire. Made Archbishop of Marseille in 1851 by Blessed Pope Pius IX. Named senator and member of the Legion of Honour by Napoleon III in 1856. Proposed as cardinal in 1859.

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