Friday before Ash Wednesday
SOLEMN COMMEMORATION OF THE PASSION
OF JESUS CHRIST
Titular Feast of the Passionist Congregation
BLESSED CHARLES HOUBEN
SAINT GABRIEL POSSENTI
Saint Gabriel was born at Assisi (Italy) in 1838. He died at Isola del Gran Sasso (Italy) on 27th February 1862. Near his tomb, there arose a large sanctuary, a place of faith pilgrimage. In 1926 Saint Gabriel was declared joint patron of Catholic Youth in Italy and in 1959 principal patron of the Abruzzi region of Italy.
SAINT GEMMA GALGANI
Saint Gemma Galgani was born in 1878 near Lucca (Italy). She had singular devotion to the Eucharist and to the Passion of Jesus. Although her ardent desire was to enter the Passionst Nuns, this was never realised. She died in Lucca on Holy Saturday, 11th April 1903.
BLESSED LORENZO SALVI
PRECIOUS BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF HOPE
Devotion to Mary under the title of Mother of Holy Hope has been practised by Passionists from the beginnin of the Congregation. It was promoted in a special way by the great early Passionist, Father Thomas Struzzeri, who later became a bishop. He carried a picture of Our Lady of Holy Hope with him on missions. This picture was reproduced in the rooms of Passionists that they might be reminded to ask Our Lady’s assistance in their needs. Mary thus became a special model and suport for our hope, and she remains so today.
BLESSED NICEFORO DIEZ TEJERINA
AND THE PASSIONIST MARTYRS OF DAMIEL
BLESSED DOMINIC BARBERI
Dominic Barberi, known in religious life by the title “of the Mother of God” was born in 1792 at Viterbo, Italy. At twenty two years of age he entered the Passionist Congregation. After being ordained to the priesthood in 1818, he was engaged in teaching, in the ministry of the Word, in spiritual direction and in writings spiritual books. He went to England in 1842. He received Cardinal John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church. He died at Reading, England, on 27th August 1849.
TRIUMPH OF THE HOLY CROSS
OUR LADY OF SORROWS
Principal Patroness of the Passionist Congregation
The celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows allows all Passionists the opportunity to deepen their participation with Mary in the mystery of Christ’s Passion. In honouring her, they are following in the footsteps of St. Paul of the Cross, who by his personal devotion, his letters, preaching and other ministry, deeply venerated Mary united with her Son in his Passion.
SAINT VINCENT STRAMBI
Saint Vincent Strambi was born in Civitacehhia, Italy, in 1745. A short time after his ordination to the priesthood, he entered the recently founded Passionist Congregation. Travelling through the most of Italy, he endeavoured to promote the Christian life among the people by his preaching on the Passion. Appointed Bishop of Macerata and Tolentino, he showed himself to be a true shepherd. Called by Pope Leo XII to become his personal advisor, he died in Rome on 1st January 1824.
BLESSED ISIDORE DE LOOR
SAINT INNOCENCIO CAROURA ARNUA
SAINT PAUL OF THE CROSS
BLESSED PIUS CAMPIDELLI
BLESSED EUGENE BOSSILKOV
BLESSED GRIMOALDO SANTAMARIA
PRESENTATION OF MARY
The tradition of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple was very dear to St. Paul of the Cross because it reminded him of his own consecration to God by the foundation of the Passionist Congregation. He wanted the first house of Passionists on Monte Argentario and the first Monastery of Passionist Nuns founded at Tarquinia to be dedicated to the Presentation of Mary. Hence this feast came to be celebrated among Passionists with much solemnity. Today, however, it commemorates the Blessed Virgin as the humble handmaid of the Lord, associated in the mystery of redemption, rather than the traditional Presentation of Mary in the Temple.
BLESSED BERNARD MARY SILVESTRELLI