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Vigil of the Nativity of St John the Baptist
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St John the Baptist was the son of St Zachary and St Elizabeth. His birth was foretold by an angel but Zachary did not believe the angel as St Elizabeth was, by then, too old to have a child. Zachary was struck dumb for his disbelief and it was only when he indicated that his son should be called John that his speech was restored. St John recognised the voice of the great Mother of God when she visited his mother before his birth so that St Elizabeth

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus
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In the Roman Catholic tradition, the Sacred Heart has been closely associated with Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ. In his encyclical Miserentissimus Redemptor, Pope Pius XI stated: "the spirit of expiation or reparation has always had the first and foremost place in the worship given to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus". The Sacred Heart is often depicted in Christian art as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound,

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St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Confessor
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St Aloysius was born in Castiglione in Italy in 1568 of the Italian nobility. He was baptised in a great hurry as it appeared he was about to die. At the age of nine he made a vow of perpetual virginity to God before the altar of the Blessed Virgin. So determined was he to preserve the purity he had promised to God, that he never raised his eyes in the presence of a woman lest temptation prove too much for him. He grew in holiness day by day. His

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St Silverius, Pope and Martyr
Silverius

St Silverius was born in Campania and succeeded to the Papacy in 536AD. He was a holy, orthodox and devout Pope and fought hard against heresy. The Empress Theodora became very angry with Silverius when he refused to restore the heretic Anthimus to the See of Constantinople. She ordered the general, Bellisarius to send Silverius into exile to the island of Ponza where he suffered greatly. He wrote “I am fed upon the bread of tribulation and the

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St Ephrem the Syrian, Deacon, Confessor and Doctor of the Church
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St Ephrem was born in Nisbis in Mesopotamia around the year 303. St Ephrem's father banished him from his home as Ephrem was sympathetic to the Christians. After he was baptised Ephrem became renowned as a teacher. Many Christians, including Ephrem, were forced to flee their country when it was taken over by the Persians. He moved to Edessa which is now in modern day Iraq. There his reputation grew because of his great understanding of the Holy Scriptures.

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