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FEAST 26 September

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Carolyn Muessig <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 26 Sep 2000 10:37:25 +0100

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Today, 26 September, is the feast of... 

Cyprian, martyr, and Justina, virgin martyr (no date, but early legend): 
Cyprian, extremely learned in black magic, failed in trying to seduce 
the beautiful Justina; left his arts behind him (including his alliance 
with the Devil himself) and converted to Justina's faith. How they died: 
she was scourged, he was torn with iron hooks they both were boiled in a 
cauldron of pitch before being beheaded. 

Colman of Lann Elo, abbot (611): One of 12 saints of this name in 
Ireland for the month of September alone; wrote Alphabet of Devotion. 

Nilus of Rossano, abbot (1004): Left his family for monastic life. 
Generally held to be the founder of the monastery of Grottaferrata 

John of Meda (1159): Four years ago John Wickstrom gave the list some 
very valuable information concerning this saint. That posting reads as 
follows: 

*I did some work on the Humiliati a few years ago: here is the entry on 
John of Meda from *BS*: 

Giovanni da Meda from *Biblio. Sanctorum* 

Saint? Born in province of Milan. Towards end of 11th c of the family of 
Oldrati (Oldradi); after a vision of the Virgin, he went to Milan where 
founded first order of Humil. composed solely of clerics, in the present 
palace of Brera (till 1571 a monastery of the order). He founded several 
other monasteries in dioc. of Milan and in Lombardy, amongst which S 
Maria in Rondineto near Como where he lived (giving him the name John of 
Como) Died at Brera 26 Sept. 1159. But this is all legendary material, 
flatly contradicted by historical fact of the order's founding. Stephani 
denied his existence, while Zanoni says not even known if or where 
canonized and whether worshipped as a saint or blessed. 

Sources: 
*Vies des saints*, ix, 529 
*Ency call*, vi, col 570 
*Storia di Milano*, iv, 161-5. 

I looked up his vita in the *VS* and decided that he was a legendary 
figure was invented by the Humiliati who needed a holy founder, since 
they had coalesced gradually as a group of lay penitents in the 12th 
century Milan. (The article in the *VS* is a good one in the de la Haye 
tradition.) There is no mention of him in the liturgical texts of the 
Humiliati whatsoever until the Renaissance breviary of 1537, a wholly 
new text that changed much from medieval office books of the order. Of 
course the order was suppressed in 1571 after they took a shot at 
Charles Borromeo, who had been sent to reform them.* 

(Thanks John Wickstrom for a classic posting to the list!). 

Lucy of Caltagirone, Franciscan tertiary (13th): Mistress of novices; 
had special devotion to the Five Wounds. 

Dalmatius Moner, Dominican (1341): Another 'flying saint'. Was known as 
'the brother who talks with angels'; but with women he would not talk at 
all, except over his shoulder. His hagiographer reports that his 
personal appearance was somewhat unattractive. 

********************************** 
Carolyn Muessig
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Bristol
3 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB
UK
fax: +44.117.929.7850
phone: +44.117.928.8168
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