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St. Paschal Baylon

Saint Paschal Baylon


Paschal was born on the feast of Pentecost in the year of Our Lord 1540 to a pious peasant family in Aragon. He showed early signs of his lifelong devotion to the Holy Eucharist, and was often at prayer while he worked as a shepherd. His companions and fellow laborers all regarded him with respect and veneration for his piety and good influence. Eventually Paschal entered an austere branch of the Franciscan Order, desiring to embrace poverty entirely. Within the order Paschal continued his reputation for great holiness. He eagerly volunteered for the humblest tasks, and practiced constant self-denial. His devotion to the Blessed Sacrament was paramount, and nearly cost him his life during a journey to France. Overhearing a Calvinist ranting against the True Presence, Paschal brilliantly defended the Catholic doctrine, but was forced to flee from an angry Protestant mob. Paschal died a holy death on the feast of Pentecost in the Year of Our Lord 1592. As his body was lying in the church, his eyes were seen to open at the elevation of the Host, demonstrating once more his great love for the Blessed Sacrament. Pope Leo XIII declared Paschal the patron of Eucharistic congresses and societies.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for May 17th

AT Villareal, in the kingdom of Valencia, St. Pascal, of the Order of Minorites, a man remarkable for innocence of life and the spirit of penance. Pope Leo XIII declared him heavenly patron of Eucharistic Congresses and Societies formed in honor of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

At Pisa, in Tuscany, the holy martyr Torpes, who filled a high office in the court of Nero, and was one of those of whom the apostle St. Paul wrote from Rome to the Philippians: “All the saints salute you, especially those that are of the house of Caesar.” For the faith of Christ, he was, by order of Satellicus, buffeted, cruelly scourged and delivered to the beasts to be devoured, but being uninjured, he at last terminated his martyrdom by decapitation on the 29th of April. His feast, however, is kept on this day, on account of the translation of his body.

The same day, St. Restituta, virgin and martyr, who was subjected to various kinds of tortures in Africa by the judge Proculus, in the reign of Valerian, and then put in a boat filled with pitch and tow, to be burnt to death on the sea. But the flame turned on those who had kindled it, and the saint yielded her spirit to God in prayer. Her body was, by divine providence, carried in the boat to the island of Ischia, near Naples, where it was received by the Christians with great veneration. A church was afterwards erected in her honor in that city by Constantine the Great.

At Noyon, the holy martyrs Heradius, Paul, and Aquilinus, with two others.

At Chalcedon, the holy martyrs Solochanus and his companions, soldiers under the emperor Maximian.

At Alexandria, the holy martyrs Adrio, Victor and Basilla.

At Wurzburg, St. Bruno, bishop and confessor.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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