This is the Saint of the Day list of Saints and Blesseds whose feast day falls on December 17 every year.
Saint Lazarus of Bethany
Saint John of Matha
Saint Josep Manyanet y Vives
Saint Sturmi of Fulda
Saint Modestus of Jerusalem
Saint Olympias of Constantinople
Saint Briarch of Bourbriac
Saint Begga of Andenne
St. Begga of Andenne was born to the nobility, the daughter of St. Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace, and St. Ida of Nivelles. She was the sister of St. Gertrude of Nivelles. She was married to Ansegilius, son of St. Arnulf of Metz. She was the mother of Pepin of Herstal, founder of the Carolingian dynasty of rulers in France, in 635, and of Martin of Laon. On the death of her husband in 691 in a hunting accident, Begga took the veil, founded seven churches and built a convent at Andenne on the Meuse River in France where she spent the rest of her days as an abbess. She died in 693 at Andenne on the Meuse River in France.
Blessed Matilde del Sagrado Corazón Téllez Robles
Blessed Matilde del Sagrado Corazón Téllez Robles was born on 30th May, 1841 in Robledillo de la Vera, Cáceres, Spain as Matilde Tellez Robles. He was also known as Matilde of the Sacred Heart or Matilde Tellez Robles. He founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of the Church. He died on 17th December, 1902 in Don Benito, Badajoz, Spain due to natural causes and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 21st March, 2004.
St. Wivina was born in 1103 in Oisy, Flanders, Belgium and was also known as Vivina. She received many offers of marriage but turned them all down. At age 23 she became a hermitess near Brussels, Belgium. Her reputation soon attracted disciples. For them she built a Benedictine convent of Grand-Brigard on land donated by Count Godfrey of Brabant, and served as its first abbess. She died in 1170AD at Grand-Brigard Abbey, Brabant, Belgium due to natural causes.
St. Tydecho was born in Welsh and was also known as Dudec, Thudec, Thudoc, Tudec, Tudes or Tudoc. He was the brother to St. Cadfan. He probably lived as a hermit. Several Welsh churches are named after him. He died in the 6th century.
By thy labours for Christ, O Father Tydecho, thou didst win the crown of eternal glory and didst light the way into the Ark of Salvation. Wherefore, O Saint, intercede for us that in following thee we may be found worthy of Christ’s great mercy. – troparion of St. Tydecho
Blessed Jose Mariano of the Angels
Blessed Jose Mariano of the Angels was born on 24th November, 1912 in Murcia, Spain. He was also known as Father José Mariano of the Angels. He was a discalced Carmelite priest. He was martyred in the Spanish Civil War. He died on 17th December, 1936 in Badalona, Barcelona, Spain. Pope Benedict XVI beatified him on 28th October, 2007.
Blessed Peter of Spain
Blessed Peter of Spain was a Mercedarian tertiary and knight. Known as a man of great learning and personal piety. He led a Christian army into Algiers to oppose the Saracens. He died as a martyr after being cut into pieces near Trovandosi in Algeria in 1418.
St. Maxentiolus was also known as Mezenceul. He was a disciple of St. Martin of Tours and an abbot. He was the founder of Our Lady of Cunault abbey in France. He died in the 5th century.
St. Yolanda was the daughter of the count of Vianden. She was a Dominican nun against the fierce opposition of her father. She died in 1283 due to natural causes.
Martyrs of Eleutheropolis
Martyrs of Eleutheropolis were a group of approximately 60 Christian Soldiers who were murdered for their faith by invading Saracen Muslims during the imperial Roman army of emperor Heraclius. They died in 638 in Eleutheropolis (Beit Jibrin), Palestine.
Their names are;
- Zitas (2 with this name)
- Theodore (5 with this name)
- Stephen (2 with this name)
- Paul (3 with this name)
- John (10 with this name)
- George (9 with this name)
Other Saints Celebrated Today
- Cristoforo di Collesano
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