"Let unity, the greatest good of all goods, be your preoccupation." - St. Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to St. Polycarp)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Solemnity of St. Louis of France

Today, August 25, is the feast day of Saint Louis IX (1214-1270), the principal patron saint of the city of Saint Louis.

His Excellency Archbishop Burke writes:
On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Church universal celebrates the memory of our principal patron in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis IX, King of France. The patronal feast, which is a solemnity in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, will be transferred to Sunday, Aug. 26, so that a greater number of the faithful of the archdiocese may participate in the Solemn Pontifical Mass at 5 p.m. If possible, please participate in the Holy Mass on this coming Sunday to ask the intercession of St. Louis, King of France, for the many needs of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

I also encourage you to familiarize yourselves again with the life of St. Louis. St. Louis is a model for husbands, fathers, heads of state, for those who carry out the work of charity and for all of us. He was truly a man who gave himself completely to Christ in his vocation and life. He became more and more conformed to Christ, giving his last energies of life to leading a crusade to safeguard the holy places of our Lord's redemptive Incarnation.
St. Louis, King of France, please pray for our city. Especially pray that all the Christians of this city would be reunited in full visible unity. In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen

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