Interim Saints - March 25th
THE ANNUNCIATION OF S. MARY
"The festival of the Annunciation is at least as ancient as the Council
in Trullo (A.D. 680), and is supposed, on the authority of a sermon
attributed to S. Cyril, to have been kept in the 5th century . . . The
tenth council of Toledo, in 656, ordered that this festival should be
solemnized on December 18th, eight days before Christmas, because of
its proper day arriving in Lent, and sometimes in Holy Week."
But I dare say that members will have something of their own to
contribute about the history of this feast.
QUIRINUS, martyr (A.D. 269)
. . . we know of Quirinus only that he was executed with the sword in
prison in 269, and the body was thrown into the Tiber, but was
recovered by a priest named Pastor, who buried it in the Pontiani
cemetery, whence it was removed in the pontificate of Pope S. Zacharias
. . . and it found a shrine and resting-place eventually in the
monastery of Tengern-see, in Bavaria. A spring of naphtha rising there
goes by the name of Quirinus-oil.
IRENĈUS, bishop and martyr (A.D. 304)
S. Irenĉus, bishop of Sirmich of Mitrovitz on the Save, in Pannonia,
the modern Hungary, died on March 25th, in the year 304 . . . Irenĉus
[after refusing to abjure the faith] was then ordered to have his head
struck off and his body cast into the river Save.
DULA, virgin and martyr (date unknown)
Nothing is known of this saint, except that she was a servant or
slave-girl - as indeed her name implies . . .
CAMIN OF INISKELTRA, abbot (A.D. 653)
S. Camin was of the princely house of Hy-kinselogh by his father Dima,
a half-brother of Guair, king of Connaught . . . Although of a delicate
constitution, he closely applied himself to ecclesiastical studies, and
wrote a commentary on the Psalms, collated with the Hebrew text.
HUMBERT, priest and confessor (about A.D. 680)
This saint was born at Maizières, on the river Oise . . . Humbert
seldom left his monastery, except to meet S. Aldegunda, abbess of
Maubeuge, with whom he had contracted an intimate union of charity and
ALFWOLD, bishop of Sherborne (A.D. 1075)
In the reign of the Confessor, Alfwold, a monk of Wichester, was raised
to the bishopric of Sherborne . . . He visited Durham, and opening the
shrine of S. Cuthbert addressed him lovingly as a friend, and deposited
by his side a token of his regard.
WILLIAM, child martyr (A.D. 1144)
Another murder attributed to the Jews. It is to Baring-Gould's credit
that he treats these legends with the contempt they deserve: "It is
impossible to doubt that most of these charges brought against them
were invented by their enemies for the purpose of plundering them; and
that others had their origin in the imagination of the people, ready to
believe anything against those whose strong-boxes they lusted to break
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