Saint for the Day - September 19 - St. Januarius
Many centuries ago, St.
Januarius died for the Faith in the persecution of
Diocletian, and to this day God confirms the faith
of His Church, and works a continual miracle,
through the blood which Januarius shed for Him. The
Saint was Bishop of Beneventum, and on one occasion
he travelled to Misenum in order to visit a deacon
named Sosius. During this visit Januarius saw the
head of Sosius, who was singing the gospel in the
church, girt with flames, and took this for a sign
that ere long Sosius would wear the crown of
martyrdom. So it proved. Shortly after Sosius was
arrested, and thrown into prison.
There St. Januarius visited and encouraged him, till
the bishop also was arrested in turn. Soon the
number of the confessors was swollen by some of the
neighboring clergy. They were exposed to the wild
beasts in the amphitheatre. The beasts, however, did
them no harm; and at last the Governor of Campania
ordered the Saints to be beheaded. Little did the
heathen governor think that he was the instrument in
God's hand of ushering in the long succession of
miracles which attest the faith of Januarius. The
relics of St. Januarius rest in the cathedral of
Naples, and it is there that the liquefaction of his
blood occurs. The blood is congealed in two glass
vials, but when it is brought near the martyr's head
it melts and flows like the blood of a living man.
Saint for the Day - St. Januarius
Read about the Saint for today - September 19 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Thank God Who has given you
superabundant motives for your
faith; and pray for the spirit
of the first Catholics, the
spirit which exults and rejoices
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