Saint for the Day - May 11 - St. Mammertus
Archbishop of Vienne in Dauphin, was a prelate
renowned for his sanctity, learning, and miracles.
He instituted in his diocese the fasts and
supplications called the Rogations, on the following
occasions. Almighty God, to punish the sins of the
people, visited them with wars and other public
calamities, and awaked them from their spiritual
lethargy by the terrors of earthquakes, fires, and
ravenous wild beasts, which last were sometimes seen
in the very market-place of cities. These evils the
impious ascribed to blind chance; but religious and
prudent persons considered them as tokens of the
divine anger, which threatened their entire
destruction. Amidst these scourges, St. Mammertus
received a token of the divine mercy.
A terrible fire happened in the city of Vienne,
which baffled the efforts of men; but by the prayers
of the good bishop the fire on a sudden went out.
This miracle strongly affected the minds of the
people. The holy prelate took this opportunity to
make them sensible of the necessity and efficacy of
devout prayer, and formed a pious design of
instituting an annual fast and supplication of three
days, in which all the faithful should join, with
sincere compunction of heart, to appease the divine
indignation by fasting, prayer, tears, and the
confession of sins.
The Church of Auvergne, of which St. Sidonius was
bishop, adopted this pious institution before the
year 475, and it became in a very short time a
universal practice. St. Mammertus died about the
Saint for the Day
- St. Mammertus
Read about the Saint for today - May 11 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Know ye that the Lord will hear
your prayers, if you continue
with perseverance in fastings
and prayers in the sight of the
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