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Today (18. February) is the feast day of:

Sadoth and companions (d. 342)  Persia's great persecution started in 
341.  In 342 King Sapor II came to Seleucia-Ctesiphon, where Sadoth 
had recently become bishop to replace his martyred predecessor.  S. 
and a number of clergy were continuing their work from hiding, but 
the king had them hunted out---a total of 128 clerics and consecrated 
virgins.  They were imprisoned in ghastly conditions with regular 
torture for five months, then finally executed.

Helladius (d. 633)  Helladius was an official at the Spanish 
Visigothic court.  He started helping out with the manual labor at 
the monastery of Agalai, and soon became a monk himself; in 605 H. 
was elected abbot.  In 615 H. went on to be archbishop of Toledo; 
little is known of his episcopate except that he was very generous to 
the poor.

Colman of Lindisfarne (d. 676)  Colman was an Irish monk of Iona who 
went on to be bishop/abbot of Lindisfarne in the years 661-664.  C. 
was the main spokesman in favor of Irish practices at the Synod of 
Whitby.  When he lost, he gave up his see and returned to Iona, 
moving from there back to Ireland.  He founded two monasteries there, 
one for his Irish followers and one for the English.

Tarasius (d. 806)  Tarasius was chief secretary to the Byzantine 
empress Irene, who made him patriarch of Constantinople in 784.  He 
convened an ecumenical council at Nicaea in 787, which decided on 
moderate treatment of iconoclasts (Irene had ended the iconoclast 
persecutions for the time).  T. was a humble man, perhaps out of his 
depth in the troubled politics of Constantinople, but certainly 
notable for his moderation.

Angilbert (d. 814)  Angilbert was close to Charlemagne (even closer 
to CM's daughter Bertha, with whom he was said to have had two 
bastard children).  A turned to religious life after a nasty 
experience with some vikings; Bertha became a nun at the same time. 
With financial help from CM, A. rebuilt the monastery of St. Riquier, 
where he became abbot.  The monastery became a center of learning and 
major religious center.

Theotonius (d. 1166)  The Portuguese Theotonius became priest and 
then archpriest in Viseu, where he became famous for his preaching 
skill and general holiness.  He became one of the founding members of 
a house of canons regular at Coimbra, soon becoming prior and then 

Fra Angelico (blessed) (d. 1455)  Guido di Piero, much better known 
as "angelic brother," was a native of Fiesole.  He became a 
painter---and a Dominican in c. 1420.  His paintings are a wonderful 
combination of Renaissance technique and deep devotion.  Fra A. was 
beatified in 1982. 

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