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December: OP Calendar
Bl. John of Vercelli (+1283)
Italian, priest, 6th Master of the Order, preacher, earnestly promoted devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus in consequence of the commission to do so given him and the Order by Pope Gregory X in implementation of the Second Ecumenical Council of Lyons (1274), at which St. Bonaventure (July 15) assisted and died, and on the way to which St. Thomas (Jan. 28) expired, Church appointed patron of the Confraternity of the Holy Name.
Bl. Sebastian Maggi (1414-1496)
Italian, priest, celebrated preacher, reformer, confessor of Fra Girolamo Savonarola, O.P.; Fra. Girolamo was burned at the stake by order of Pope Alexander VI Borgia, 1498, for publicly criticizing the latter's immoral life style.
Anniversary of the Approval of the Order of Preachers (1216).
The Dominican liturgical tradition gratefully commemorates Mary's intervention in starting and protecting the Order. Appropriate intercessions should be made at the prayer of the faithful in the Mass and the Divine Office.
[Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord.]
NATIVITY OF THE LORD [S]