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St Agabus, Martyr

Today is Ferial day and the Mass and Divine Office do not commemorate a Saint or Blessed. However taken from the Roman Martyrology is the story of St Agabus. He was a martyr and one of the seventy-two disciples mentioned by St. Luke. He was a Jewish convert to the faith, noted as a prophet. Agabus predicted a famine in the Roman Empire and probably Paul's imprisonment. Agabus was unable to dissuade Paul from going to Jerusalem. The martyr died for

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St Scholastica, Virgin

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St Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor

Alexandria was the largest city in the ancient world. Rather like Los Angeles, it was a sprawling mixture of races and creeds; and it was a byword for the violence of its sectarian politics, whether of Greeks against Jews or of orthodox Christians against heretics. Cyril began his career as a worthy follower of this tradition. He succeeded his uncle as bishop of Alexandria in 412, and promptly solved a number of outstanding problems by closing the

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