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St. Philip Neri

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Saint Philip Neri


Philip was born in Florence to a poor noble family in the year of Our Lord 1515. It is said that the only known fault he committed was as a youth, when he pushed away his little sister as she interrupted his recitation of the Psalms. Philip disregarded his family inheritance, and instead left for Rome, where he served the sick and poor as a layman for many years. During this time he experienced a miraculous enlargement of his heart, as a sign of divine love. Philip eventually followed a vocation to the priesthood, and founded the Congregation of the Oratory, known as the Oratorians. He was infused with zeal for souls, and devoted himself not only to preaching but to hearing Confessions and encouraging devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He possessed the gift of prophecy, and like similar saints he performed many miraculous healings and once raised a dead man to life. His greatest ecstasies, often including levitation, came while celebrating Mass or otherwise at prayer, and his sense of joy was often expressed by a kind but playful sense of humor. Though sickly, Philip lived almost to the age of eighty, dying in the year of Our Lord 1595.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for May 26th

AT Rome, St. Philip Neri, founder of the Congregation of the Oratory, celebrated for his virginal purity, the gift of prophecy, and miracles.

Also, at Rome, St. Eleutherius, pope and martyr, who con- verted many noble Romans to the Christian faith. He sent the saints Damian and Fugatius to England, who baptized king Lucius with his wife and almost all his people.

In the same city, the holy martyrs Simitrius, priest, and twenty-two others, who suffered under Antoninus Pius.

At Athens, during the persecution of Adrian, the birthday of blessed Quadratus, a disciple of the Apostles, who collected through his zealous exertions the faithful dispersed by terror, and presented to the emperor an excellent apology of the Christian religion, worthy of an apostle.

At Vienne, St. Zachary, bishop and martyr, who suffered under Trajan.

In Africa, St. Quadratus, martyr, on whose festival St. Augustine preached a sermon.

At Todi, the birthday of the holy martyrs Felicissimus, Heraclius, and Paulinus.

In the territory of Auxerre, the passion of St. Priscus, martyr, with a great multitude of Christians.

At Canterbury, in England, St. Augustine, bishop, who was sent thither with others by the blessed pope Gregory and preached the Gospel of Christ to the English nation. Celebrated for virtues and miracles, he went peacefully to his rest in the Lord.

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

℟. Thanks be to God.

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