Happy Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist!

Here are some pics that I took from a recent pilgrimage to his tomb in the iconic Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Italy.  (Unfortunately, I can’t show you the inside of the Basilica because photography was prohibited, but I can tell you the interior was amazing; it seemed to be filled with a heavenly glow from the golden mosaics depicting scriptural events which covered the walls and ceiling.)

How did the relics of St. Mark come to Venice?  The Venetians believe that St. Mark stopped on their shores to preach the Gospel before traveling to Alexandria where he was martyred and buried. 

The Inventio (Recovery) took place in 828.  After venerating St. Mark’s relics in Alexandria, Venetian merchants, Buono da Malamocco and Rustico da Torcello, learned that the Moor where going to raid the church where St. Mark’s body was buried.  So, they took his body from Alexandria to Venice where St. Mark is venerated as the city’s co-patron saint (along with St. Theodore).  My tour guide even said that they covered his remains in pork to aid in the transport from a Moorish land.

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Interesting.

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As we celebrate anew the Memorial of the Virgin Saint Scholastica, we pray, O Lord, that, following her example, we may serve you with pure love and happily receive what comes from loving you.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

St. Scholastica, pray for us!
Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Scholastica, the twin sister of St. Benedict.  I’ve always felt a little sorry for her (along with St. Perpetua) because despite being a very holy woman and a most worthy example of Christian virtue that we all should emulate, they have those sort of names that very few people find appealing…I suppose her name reminds people of “scholastic” which reminds them of school.
For example, it is not uncommon for parents to name their baby girls Marie, Catherine, Ann, Lucy, Bridget, Elizabeth, Martha, Theresa, Laura, Margaret, Isabella, and even Felicity. 
Some are even named after (typically) male saints:  Michelle, Gabrielle, Erica, Paula, Josephine, Lauren, Nicolette, Danielle, Patricia, and Frances. 
And having been a catechist in my parish’s Confirmation program, I can tell you that most girls choose Cecilia as their patroness and Confirmation name.  The next popular choice is Rose.  I’ve also known people who have chosen Agnes, Dymphna, and Joan.
But I have never ever met anyone either named Scholastica or who have taken this name at Confirmation. 
Comment to this post if you are either named Scholastica at birth or at Confirmation or if you know someone who is.
Of course, I’m sure that St. Scholastica doesn’t mind that people are familiar with her more famous twin brother, the Father of Western Monasticism.  But I think her example of love and fidelity on earth should be celebrated and devotion to her should be strengthened that we may be better followers of Christ through her prayers and intercession. 
So, today let us ask for her help and praise God for giving us St. Scholastica!

St. Scholastica, pray for us!

Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Scholastica, the twin sister of St. Benedict.  I’ve always felt a little sorry for her (along with St. Perpetua) because despite being a very holy woman and a most worthy example of Christian virtue that we all should emulate, they have those sort of names that very few people find appealing…I suppose her name reminds people of “scholastic” which reminds them of school.

For example, it is not uncommon for parents to name their baby girls Marie, Catherine, Ann, Lucy, Bridget, Elizabeth, Martha, Theresa, Laura, Margaret, Isabella, and even Felicity. 

Some are even named after (typically) male saints:  Michelle, Gabrielle, Erica, Paula, Josephine, Lauren, Nicolette, Danielle, Patricia, and Frances. 

And having been a catechist in my parish’s Confirmation program, I can tell you that most girls choose Cecilia as their patroness and Confirmation name.  The next popular choice is Rose.  I’ve also known people who have chosen Agnes, Dymphna, and Joan.

But I have never ever met anyone either named Scholastica or who have taken this name at Confirmation. 

Comment to this post if you are either named Scholastica at birth or at Confirmation or if you know someone who is.

Of course, I’m sure that St. Scholastica doesn’t mind that people are familiar with her more famous twin brother, the Father of Western Monasticism.  But I think her example of love and fidelity on earth should be celebrated and devotion to her should be strengthened that we may be better followers of Christ through her prayers and intercession. 

So, today let us ask for her help and praise God for giving us St. Scholastica!