Wednesday June 15


Martyr (d. c. 300)

His life

+ According to tradition, Vitus was the son of a Sicilian senator, who was raised as a Christian by his guardian, Modestus, and nurse, Crescentia.

+ After Vitus’ father discovered that his son was a Christian, Vitus fled with his two companions to southern Italy and they eventually made it to Rome.

+ Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia were martyred by order of Emperor Diocletian around the year 300. Devotion to Saint Vitus was widespread throughout Europe, especially in the Middle Ages.

+ For centuries, Vitus has been honored as the patron saint of people with epileptic seizures and the “Dance of Saint Vitus”, a common name for epilepsy and other neurological diseases. He is also honored as the patron saint of dancers and actors.

For prayer and reflection

I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, neither powers, nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God. who comes to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:38-39

Spirit bonus

On this day we also remember Barbara (also known as “Parui”) who was born in Xiotian, Hebei, China. Wife and mother, she was a faithful member of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southeastern Zhili (in present-day China). Imprisoned and tortured during one of the periods of persecution of Christians in China, she was executed on June 15, 1900. Saint Barbara Cui Lianzhi was canonized along with other Chinese martyrs in 2000.


Grant to your Church, Lord, we implore you, through the intercession of your holy martyrs Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia, not to be haughty, but to advance in that humility which is pleasing to your sight, that, condemning bad things, she can practice with overflowing charity what is right. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(of The Roman Missal [1962 Edition])

Profiles of saints prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, SDS


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