DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     January 13, 1999     vol. 10, no. 8


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Historical Events in Church Annals for January 13:

  • 235 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Andrew of Trier, 12th bishop of Trier.

  • 262 A.D.
  • Martyrdom of forty Roman soldiers who had converted to Christianity. When the Roman emperor Gallienus discovered their allegiance to the one true God he had them killed as they marched on the Via Lavicana.

  • 322 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Glaphyra, a Christian slave of the emperor's wife Constantia. Her husband Licinius wanted Glaphyra to become a concubine, but she escaped the Byzantine court and took refuge with Saint Basileus who was the bishop at that time. Yet soldiers forcibly entered the bishop's residence and took her prisoner and she died enroute to being martyred.

  • 323 A.D.
  • Death of the first slavic saints - the deacon Saint Hermylus and his servant Saint Stratonicus who were both martyred by drowning in the Danube River at the order of the emperor Licinius who would later that same year be defeated by Constantine at Adrianople thus giving Christians the right to worship.

  • 333 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Agrecius, bishop of Trier. Legend has it that he bought the garment that was believed to be Jesus seamless tunic, called the "Holy Coat of Trier." St. Agrecius greatly assisted Pope Saint Sylvester I's policies at the Council of Arles.

  • 337 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Leontius, Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia who took an active part as one of the Council Fathers in the First Ecumenical Council where the "Creed" was formulated during the pontificate of Pope Saint Sylvester I who convened the Council of Nicaea in 325.

  • 368 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers and Doctor of the Church. For more on this saint, see TODAY'S LITURGY

  • 612 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Kentigern, the son of Saint Thenaw. After he became a bishop in Ireland, he was forced to flee pagan persecution and settled in Wales and then migrated north to Scotland where he evangelized the faith in Glasgow where he built and restored churches including the Glasgow cathedral where he is buried.

  • 850 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Gumersindus a pastor of the local parish in Cordova, Spain and Saint Servusdei, a Benedictine monk. Both were martyred for their faith in Cordova during the persecution of the Saladin Abderrahman II.

  • 927 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Berno of Cluny, first Benedictine abbot of the famous monastery at Cluny. He is generally regarded as the founder of the influential Cluny abbey in 910.

  • 1097 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Hidemar of Arrouaise, an Augustinian hermit who founded the Arrouaise monastery. He died on this date when a fellow cleric, having a vendetta against him, disguised himself as a novice to gain the inner sanctum of Hidemar's cell where he stabbed him to death.

  • 1381 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Colette, abbess and reformer of the Poor Clares.

  • 1497 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Veronica of Binasco, mystic and religious victim soul who experienced mystical pains and ecstasies throughout her life as a victim soul. At age 52, she died on the exact day she had been told she would by the Blessed Mother six months before.

January 13, 1999       volume 10, no. 8


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