Saint Ambrose Hymnody

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan An Advent hymn, words by Ambrose. Martin Luther based his Nun Komm, der Heiden heiland (Savior of the nations, come) on it. Veni redemptor gentium 1-Redeemer of the nations, come; reveal yourself in virgin birth, the birth which ages all adore, a wondrous birth, befitting God....

Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (c. between 337 and 340 – 4 April 397) A bishop of Milan and one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. He was one of the four original doctors of the Church. Ambrosian chant was named in his honor; he is credited...

Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

December 6 – St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra – Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος, Hagios Nicolaos ) (270–6 December 343), was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known...

Saint John Damascene

December 4 – St. John Damascene (c.675 – c.749) Representative of the Christians to the court of the Muslim caliph. Thrived as a Christian in a Saracen land, becoming the chief financial officer for caliph Abdul Malek. Tutored in his youth by a captured Italian monk named Cosmas. Between the Christian teaching from the...

Saint Andrew, Apostle

November 30 – St. Andrew, Apostle – He was brother of Simon (Peter), both fishermen. From the fourth Gospel we learn that Andrew was a disciple of the Baptist, whose testimony first led him and John the Evangelist to follow Jesus. Andrew introduced him to his brother, Peter; later they left all things to...

Saint Silvester Gozzolini

November 26 – St. Silvester Gozzolini – Founder of the Sylvestrines, b.of the noble family of the Gozzolini at Osimo, 1177; d. 26 Nov., 1267. He was sent to study jurisprudence, but, feeling within himself a call to the ecclesiastical state, abandoned the study of law for that of theology and Holy Scripture, giving...

Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome

November 23 – St. Clement, Bishop of Rome Also called Clemens Romanus to distinguish him from Clement of Alexandria. He was the third in succession after the Apostle Peter as bishop of Rome. Clement is known mainly for the letter he wrote to the Corinthians in about AD 96. He is counted among the...

Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop

November 11 – St. Martin of Tours, Bishop, 316 – November 8, 397 While Martin was still a soldier in the Roman army and deployed in Gaul (modern day France), he experienced the vision that became the most-repeated story about his life. One day as he was approaching the gates of the city of...

Saint Simon & Saint Jude, Apostles

October 28 – St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles – Jude is so named by Luke and Acts. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus. He is not mentioned elsewhere in the Gospels, except, of course, where all the apostles are mentioned. Scholars hold that he is not the author of the Letter of Jude....

Saint James of Jerusalem, Martyr

October 23, St. James of Jerusalem, Martyr – James of Jerusalem is referred to in the New Testament as the brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He was for many years the leader of the Christian congregation in Jerusalem, and is generally supposed to be the author of the Epistle of James, although the...