Sunday, October 8. Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. St. Bridget of Sweden.
St. Bridget (Birgitta), foundress of the Order popularly known as the Bridgettines, was a Swedish widow of the fourteenth century. She established the first monastery of her Order at Wadstena, on Lake Wetten. The historic community of Sion Abbey, now in Devon, represent the Bridgettine Order in England to-day.
Monday, October 9. SS. Denis and Companions.
Properly St. Dionysius, the martyr honoured by name in to-day's feast was the first Bishop of Paris; a suburb of the city, in which there is a famous church, is called after him, Denis being the French rendering of the name. St. Dionysius suffered martyrdom together with two other clerics: St. Eleutherius and St. Rusticus. The martyrdoms took place near Paris, in the first or the third century.
Tuesday, October 10. St. Francis Borgia, S.J.
In St. Francis Borgia we have a great figure among the early Jesuits. This Spanish nobleman, Viceroy of Catalonia, gave up worldly honours in order to join the Society of Jesus, of which he became General. He declined the honour of a Cardinalate, preferring to devote himself to preaching. St. Francis Borgia died in Italy, but his body was taken to his own country and enshrined in Madrid.
Wednesday, October 11. The Motherhood of Our Lady.
Thursday, October 12. Feria.
Friday, October 13. St. Edward the Confessor.
Westminster Abbey contains the unviolated shrine of St. Edward, King and Confessor. Each anniversary of his feast sees pilgrims, Anglicans as well as Catholics. kneeling in prayer at this spot. St. Edward's period was the eleventh century. This saintly king was the son of Ethelred the Unready. He became King of England In A.D. 1042, and ruled in such wise that he endeared himself to the English people. October 13 is the anniversary of the translation of his relics to Westminster.
Saturday, October 14. St. °elfish's.
Pope St. Callistus, or Calixtus, governed the Church during five years of the third century. In an antiChristian outburst he was martyred by being hurled to death from a high place in the Trastevere quarter of Rome. Near the scene of his martyrdom is the ancient and famous church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, where his relics are preserved.