saints' days for March 25th

Saint Harold
Martyred child of Gloucester, England. He was reported to have been slain by Jews in the area, and was venerated as a martyr. The veneration of the child martyrs is often considered as an example of the pervasive anti-Semitism of the period.

Saint Hermenland
Evangelizer of Normandy, France, a miracle worker also called Erblon, Herbland, and Hermel and. Born near Noyon, he entered Fontenelle Abbey under St. Lambert after serving King Clotaire III. Hermenland led a group of twelve monks to evangelize Nantes, erecting an abbey on an island in the Loire. He died at Aindreete. Hermenland had a gift of prophecy and performed miracles.

And lots of others:
St. Alfwold of Sherborne (English, bishop, c. 1075)
Sts. Barontius and Desiderius (French, Benedictine hermits, c. 725)
St. Dismas ["The Good Thief"] (Israelite, probably an insurrectionist, crucified beside Jesus, c. 30)
St. Dula (from Asia Minor [Turkish], soldier's slave, virgin, martyred by stabbing in defending her chastity)
St. Harold of Gloucester (English, child martyred in 1168)
Bl. Herman of Zähringen (Germany, Benedictine monk in France, d. 1074)
St. Hermenland (French, royal cup-bearer, Benedictine abbot, c. 720)
St. Humbert of Marolles (Belgian, Benedictine abbot, c. 680)
St. Isaac (Old Testament patriarch, son of Abraham, father of Jacob and Esau)
Bl. James Bird of Winchester (English, martyred [drawn, hanged, quartered] by Elizabethans at age 19 in 1593)
St. Kennocha (Scottish, nun, d. 1007)
St. Lucy Filippini [Lucia] (Italian, orphan, teacher, co-foundress of the Pious Matrons [now called Religious Teachers Filippini], d. 1732 [canonized 1930])
St. Margaret Clitherow (English, mother of three, martyred [suffocated under pressure of great weight] at age 30 by Elizabethans in 1586 [canonized 1970])
St. Melchizedek (priest, honored by patriarch Abraham)
St. Pelagius of Laodicea (from Asia Minor [Turkish], bishop, fought Arian heresy, 4th century)
St. Quirinus [also called Cyrinus] (Roman, martyred c. 269)
St. Robert of Bury Saint Edmunds (English, child martyred in 1181)
Bl. Thomas of Costacciaro (Italian, peasant, Camaldolese hermit, d. 1337)
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Saint Day: St. Lea

I find Lea's prayer particularly apt:

Saint Lea, help us to appreciate what is truly importance in this life. Amen.

A letter which St. Jerome wrote to St. Marcella provides the only information we have about St. Lea, a devout fourth century widow. Upon the death of her husband, she retired to a Roman monastery and ultimately became its Superior. Since his correspondence was acquainted with the details of St. Lea's life, St. Jerome omitted these in his letter. He concentrated instead on the fate of St. Lea in comparison with that of a consul who had recently died. "Who will praise the blessed Lea as she deserves? She renounced painting her face and adorning her head with shining pearls. She exchanged her rich attire for sackcloth, and ceased to command others in order to obey all. She dwelt in a corner with a few bits of furniture; she spent her nights in prayer, and instructed her companions through her example rather than through protests and speeches. And she looked forward to her arrival in heaven in order to receive her recompense for the virtues which she practiced on earth. "So it is that thence forth she enjoyed perfect happiness. From Abraham's bosom, where she resides with Lazarus, she sees our consul who was once decked out in purple, now vested in a shameful robe, vainly begging for a drop of water to quench his thirst. Although he went up to the capital to the plaudits of the people, and his death occasioned widespread grief, it is futile for the wife to assert that he has gone to heaven and possesses a great mansion there. The fact is that he is plunged into the darkness outside, whereas Lea who was willing to be considered a fool on earth, has been received into the house of the Father, at the wedding feast of the Lamb. "Hence, I tearfully beg you to refrain from seeking the favors of the world and to renounce all that is carnal. It is impossible to follow both the world and Jesus. Let us live a life of renunciation, for our bodies will soon be dust and nothing else will last any longer." Her feast day is March 22. (A HREF="">from here</a>)
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