Saint for the Day - January 9 - Ss. Julian and
St. Julian and St.
Basilissa, though married, lived, by mutual consent,
in perpetual chastity; they sanctified themselves by
the most perfect exercises of an ascetic life, and
employed their revenues in relieving the poor and
the sick. For this purpose they converted their
house into a kind of hospital, in which they
sometimes entertained a thousand poor people.
Basilissa attended those of her sex, in separate
lodgings from the men; these were taken care of by
Julian, who from his charity is named the
Hospitalarian. Egypt, where they lived, had then
begun to abound with examples of persons who, either
in the cities or in the deserts, devoted themselves
to the most perfect exercises of charity, penance,
Basilissa, after having stood seven persecutions,
died in peace; Julian survived her many years and
received the crown of a glorious martyrdom, together
with Celsus, a youth, Antony, a priest, Anastasius,
and Marcianilla, the mother of Celsus. Many churches
and hospitals in the East, and especially in the
West, bear the name of one or other of these
martyrs. Four churches at Rome, and three out of
five at Paris, which bear the name of St. Julian,
were originally dedicated under the name of St.
Julian, the Hospitalarian and martyr. In the time of
St. Gregory the Great, the skull of St. Julian was
brought out of the East into France, and given to
Queen Brunehault; she gave it to the nunnery which
she founded at Étampes; part of it is at present in
the monastery of Morigny, near Étampes, and part in
the church of the regular canonesses of St.
Basilissa at Paris.
Saint for the Day
- January 9
- Ss. Julian and
Read about the Saint for today - January 9 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
God often rewards men for works
that are pleasing in His sight
by giving them grace and
opportunity to do other works
higher still. St. Augustine
said, "have never seen a
compassionate and charitable man
die a bad death"
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