Monthly archives:March 2017

  • March 31 St. Benjamin, Deacon, Martyr                   Isdegerdes, son of Sapor III, put a stop to the cruel persecutions against the Christians in Persia, which had been begun by Sapor II, and the Church had enjoyed twelve years’ peace in that kingdom, when, in 420, it was disturbed by the indi[...]
  • March 30 St. John Climacus                 John made, while still young, such progress in learning that he was called the Scholastic.  At the age of sixteen he turned from the brilliant future which lay before him, and retired to Mt. Sinai, where he put himself under the direction of a holy monk[...]
  • March 29 Sts. Jonas, Barachisius, and Their Companions, Martyrs   King Sapor, of Persia, in the eighteenth year of his reign, raised a blood persecution against the Christians, and laid waste their churches and monasteries.  Jonas and Barachisius, two brothers of the city Beth-Asa, hearin[...]
  • March 28 St. Gontran, King St. Gontran was son of King Clotaire, and grandson of Clovis I and St. Clotildis.  Being the second son, whilst his brothers Charibert reigned at Paris, and Sigebert in Austrasia, residing at Metz, he was crowned king of Orleans and Burgundy in 561, making Chalons hi[...]
  • March 27 St. John of Egypt Till he was twenty-five, John worked as a carpenter with his father.  Then feeling a call from God, he left the world, and committed himself to a holy solitary in the desert.  His master tried his spirit by many unreasonable commands, bidding him roll the hard rocks, t[...]
  • March 26 St. Ludger, Bishop   St. Ludger was born in Friesland about the year 743.  His father, a nobleman of the first rank, at the child’s own request, committed him very young to the care of St. Gregory, the disciple of St. Boniface, and his successor in the government of the see of[...]
  •       On this day the archangel Gabriel, by God's command, descended from heaven to the little city of Nazareth, to Mary, in order to announce to her the near coming of the Redeemer of the world. The angel entered her little room, and making a reverential bow, said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord [...]
  • March 24 St. Simon, Infant Martyr   “Hail, flowers of the martyrs!” the Church sings in her Office of the Holy Innocents, who were the first to die for Christ; and in every age mere children and infants have gloriously confess His name.  In 1472, the Jews in the city of Trent determined to[...]
  • Huneric, the Arian king of the Vandals in Africa, succeeded his father Genseric in 477.  He behaved himself at first with moderation towards the Catholics, but the 480 he began a grievous persecution of the clergy and holy virgins, which in 494 became general, and vast numbers of Catholics were pu[...]
  • March 22 St. Catharine of Sweden, Virgin St. Catharine was the daughter of Ulpho, Prince of Nericia in Sweden, and St. Bridget.  The love of God seemed almost to prevent in her the use of her reason.  At seven years of age she was placed in the nunnery of Risburgh, and educated in piety under th[...]