San Gennaro

O God, Who gladden us by the annual festival of Your Martyrs Januarius and Companions, grant that we may be inspired by the example of those in whose merits we rejoice.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
R. Amen.

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SAINT JANUARIUS AND HIS COMPANIONS
Martyrs

EMBER WEDNESDAY IN SEPTEMBER

September 19


OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE

[1846 A.D.]

(Historical)

DOUBLE / RED
In the year 304 Januarius, bishop of Benevento, three deacons, a lector, and two laymen were beheaded at Pozzuoli, Italy, under Emperor Diocletian. The courage of Bishop Januarius in facing death brought about the conversion of many pagan onlookers. His body was eventually taken to Naples, of which city he has become the patron saint. According to reliable records, some of his blood preserved in a phial has miraculously liquefied at regular intervals during the past four hundred years.

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Patron: patron of Naples, Italy; blood banks; volcanic eruptions.

Symbols: heated oven; two red vials on Bible; bishop's mitre (headdress); palm frond (symbol of martrydom); crown (of martyrdom).

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Prayer to St. Januarius

O protector of your sheep, you laid down your life for them, giving your blood for the service of souls that all might witness the surpassing love of the Lord and the glory that awaits those who die in Him – pray for shepherds who feed their sheep, not lording it over them or seeking what gain they might find for themselves, taking the milk and wool of their flock and leaving them naked and lifeless…but living the call of Christ as you, dear shepherd, have done.  Pray those who govern God’s Church will be ready even to die for Him and the people they serve.  Let all be protected by the blood of the Lamb.

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San Gennaro, and his companions, pray for us!

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