Sunday, July 2. Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. The Visitation of Our Lady.
Monday, July 3. St. Leo II, Pope.
All interested in Church music have cause to remember the work of Pope StLeo II, who had a brief pontificate in the seventh century. That Pontiff composed several Liturgical hymns and also reformed the Gregorian chant. "Father of the Poor " was a title of honour gained by him in his lifetime.
Tuesday, July 4. Of the Octave of SS. Peter and Paul.
BB. John Cornelius, RI., Thomas Bongrave, John Carey, and Patrick Salmon, martyred at Dorchester, 1594; BB. Henry Abbot, William And le by, Edward Ftathrop, and Thomas Warcup, martyred at York, 1597.
Wednesday, July 5. St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria. Four hundred years ago there died Anthony Mary Zaccaria, a Lombard, whose chief work was the founding of the religious Order known as the Barnabites. This saint was canonised in the nineteenth century by Pope Leo XIII.
Thursday, July 6. Octave Day of SS. Peter and Paul.
St. Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England, martyred at Tower Hill, 1535; Blessed Thomas Alfteld, martyred at Tyburn, 1585.
Friday, July 7. SS. Cyril and ethodius.
SS. Cyril and Methodius, of the ninth century, were two bishops, brothers, the Apostles of the Slays. St. Methodius is said to have been the author of the Slav alphabet; he translated into Slav the Holy Scriptures. The relics of these brothers are venerated in Rome, in the ancient church of St. Clement.
BB. Roger Dickenson and Ralph. Milner, martyred at Winchester, 1591.
Saturday, July 8. St. Elizabeth of Portugal.
Good works, both during her married life and in widowhood, filled the days of Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal. This great saint, a princess of Aragon, was married when very young to Dionysius. King of Portugal. She gave herself to the cause of peace and to the welfare of the poor. After her husband's death she joined the Third Order of St. Francis.