St. Patrick Catholic Church
Saint of the Day
 

December 22



Blessed Adam of Saxony, OSB Cist. (PC)
Died c. 1210. Adam was a Cistercian priest and sacristan in Loccum Abbey in Saxony, who had a remarkable devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Benedictines).


Amaswinthus of Málaga, Abbot (AC)
Died 982. Amaswinthus was a monk and abbot at Silva de Málaga at Andalusia in southern Spain for 42 years. He died at the cock's crow believing in the Resurrection (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).


Chaeremon, Ischyion, and Other Martyrs MM (RM)
Died after 250. In the year 250 Christians in Egypt were suffering grievously from the persecutions of the Emperor Decius. In their attempt to escape this persecution many Christians fled, only to perish in exile. Such appears to have been the fate of the aged Bishop Chaeremon of Nilopolis. He was already an old man when, with a number of companions, he escaped to the mountains of Arabia. This was the last anyone saw of them. Even when their fellow- Christians went searching for them, they found no trace.

Those who stayed behind fared little better. Ischyrion was the procurator of an Alexandrian magistrate. The saint's employer insisted that he renounce his Christian faith and make a sacrifice to pagan gods. When Ischyrion refused to obey, the magistrate turned against him and ordered that Ischyrion be first beaten and then cruelly put to death by impaling (Benedictines, Bentley).


Demetrius, Honoratus, and Florus MM (RM)
Dates unknown. These martyrs, who suffered at Ostia, Italy, may be identical to Saints Demetrius and Honorius (Benedictines).


Flavian of Acquapendente M (RM)
Died 362. Flavian is said to have been the father of Saint Bibiana and a former prefect of Rome. Julian the Apostate had him branded on the forehead as a slave and exiled him to the small village of Acquapendente in Tuscany. There he died in prayer. Thereafter, his wife Dafrosa was beheaded (Benedictines, Delaney, White).


Hunger of Utrecht B (AC)
Died 866. Priest who at the end of his career (856) was made bishop of Utrecht. During the Norman invasion, he fled to Prüm, where he died (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).


Blessed Jutta of Diessenberg, OSB, Abbess (AC)
(also known as Judith)

Born in Germany; died 1136. Jutta was the sister of Meginhard, Count Palatine of Spanheim. The saint retired to a cell near the monastery-church of Disenberg (Disibodi Mons). Soon a group of dedicated Christian women gathered around her and she formed them into a Benedictine community of which she was abbess for 20 years. Entrusted to the care of Jutta was a weak girl who was to become one of Germany's greatest mystics, Saint Hildegard of Bingen. Jutta taught the young girl to read Latin, cared for her physical needs, and taught her hymns and the Psalms.

When Jutta died in 1136, Hildegard became prioress in her place. Hildegard added her own testimony to Jutta's goodness. 'Jutta was like a river with many tributaries,' she wrote, 'overflowing with the grace of God. Until the very moment that a joyful death freed her from this mortal life, she never ceased to fast, pray, and wait on God, keeping her body under control by many acts of penance.' Countless men and women of the region continued to venerate Jutta's memory and visit her tomb (Benedictines, Bentley, Encyclopedia).


Blessed Marianus Scotus, OSB, Hermit (AC)
(also known as Muirdach MacRobartaigh)

Born in Donegal, Ireland; died in Ratisbon (Regensburg), Germany, in 1086. Like so many Irishmen before him, Marianus set out with some companions on a pilgrimage to Rome. On his way back, he was persuaded to become a Benedictine monk at Michelsberg near Bamberg. From there he migrated to Upper Minster at Ratisbon. In 1078, he founded and became the abbot of St. Peter's Abbey there, thus originating the congregation of Scottish monasteries in southern Germany. Throughout his life, Blessed Marianus occupied his free time with copying manuscripts (Benedictines).


Zeno of Nicomedia M (RM)
Died 303. In the name of God, the soldier Zeno ridiculed the Diocletian as he offered a sacrifice to Ceres. His jaw was broken in punishment before he was beheaded (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).



About Saints of the Day
These summaries were prepared in 1998 by St. Patrick's parishioner Katherine I. Rabenstein and are reproduced on www.saintpatrickdc.org with the permission of the author. Note that the content has not been updated since that time and represents the research of the author. An alphabetical index of all saints on our site is available. Source references are also available. HTML formatting © 2007-2008 by St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Washington, D.C.