September 18, 2000
volume 11, no. 174

LITURGY for Monday and Tuesday, September 18-19, 2000

Monday, September 18, 2000

      First Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 17-26, 33
      Psalms: Psalm 40: 7-10, 17
      Gospel Reading: Luke 7: 1-10

Tuesday, September 19, 2000

    Tuesday September 19:
    Weekday in Ordinary Time and
    Feast of Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

    Green or Red vestments

      First Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14, 27-31
      Psalms: Psalm 100: 1-5
      Gospel Reading: Luke 7: 11-17

Feast of Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

       Though very little is really known about Saint Januarius, he is more regularly known as San Gennaro and no one can pinpoint the date of his birth. We do know, from the biography of Saint Paulinus of Nola that Januarius, along with Saint Martin of Tours appeared to Paulinus in a vision as the author describes what Paulinus saw, "Paulinus began to ask in a clear voice where his brethren were. One of the priests, thinking that he was referring to his brother bishops who had just celebrated the Eucharist with him in his bedroom, responded: 'Your brethren are all here with you.' But he answered: 'I am speaking of Januarius and Martin [of Tours], my brothers in the episcopate, who a little while ago were speaking to me and promising me that soon I would join them'." Januarius was martyred in 305 by the Emperor Diocletian along with six companion martyrs at Pozzuoli which is near Naples, Italy. Since the 6th Century Januarius has been a special patron saint of the Napolitan city south of Rome. Miraculous events have contributed to his popularity for his blood has been preserved in a reliquary in Naples. Ever since the 13th Century there is scientific and historical proof that the dried blood is liquified four times a year, first on his feast day of September 19, on the octave of his feast, December 16 and the first Saturday in May. This phenomenon has been so great that several Holy Fathers over the centuries have put an indulgence on veneration of Januarius' relic.

September 18, 2000
volume 11, no. 174

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