Monday, March 23, 2009

Saint Gratus of Aosta

Saint Gratus of Aosta
Memorial

* 7 September

Profile

Priest. Bishop of Aosta, Italy some time after 451. He evangelized his people, established charities, and was known as a miracle worker.

Died

* c.470 in Aosta, Italy of natural causes
* some relics in the collegiate church of Sant’Orso, Aosta

Canonized

* Pre-Congregation

Patronage

* against animal attacks
* against fear of insects
* against fire
* against hail
* against lightning
* against rain
* against storms
* Aosta, Italy
* insectophobics
* vineyards

Representation

* bishop carrying the head of Saint John the Baptist and a bunch of grapes (refers to a legend about a vision he received)
* bishop with lightning flashing near him

Prayer to Saint Turibius de Mongrovejo

Lord, through the apostolic work of Saint Turibius and his unwavering love of truth, you helped your Church to grow. May your chosen people continue to grow in faith and holiness.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Today's Saints

Aquila
Benedict of Campagna
Domitius
Eparchius
Ethelwald of Farne
Felix and Companions
Felix of Monte Cassino
Fidelis
Frumentius
Gwinear
Joseph Oriel
Julian

Liberat and Companions
Maidoc of Fiddown
Metod Dominik Trcka
Nicon and Companions
Pelagia
Peter of Gubbio
Phiala
Rafqa
Sibyllina Biscossi
Theodolus of Antioch
Theodosia
Turibius of Mogroveio
Victorian