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Dedication of St. John Lateran

Dedica di San Giovanni Laterano (Dedication of St John Lateran,  Dedicación de la Basílica del Salvador San Juan de Letrán). Roman Catholic celebration of the Feast of oldest and highest-ranking of the four papal major basilicas in Rome and cathedral of the Diocese of Rome. St Peter’s Basilica is not the official ecclesiastical seat of the Holy Father, which is this major Papal, Patriarchal and Roman Archbasilica Cathedral of the Most Holy Saviour and Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist in Lateran, Mother and Head of All Churches in Rome and in the World (Arcibasilica Papale Romana Maggiore di San Giovanni in Laterano, Archibasilica Sanctissimi Salvatoris ac Sancti Ioannis Baptistae et Ioannis Evangelistae ad Lateranum). In ancient Rome, this was the church where everyone was baptised and the Popes lived here until the the 1309–77 period , when the popes took up residence at Avignon, France instead of at Rome, primarily for political reasons. Consecrated in 324, it is the oldest church in the West, built in the time of Constantine after his 313 Edict of Milan granted Christians freedom to practise their religion. This Feast is a universal celebration as a sign of love for and union with the See of Peter and in honour of the archbasilica, the ecclesiastical mother church, the mother and mistress of all churches of Rome and the world (omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput). Titular Feast Day 6 August, the Transfiguration of Christ. Image: catholicnewsagency.com.

November 9: Martin Chemnitz; Pastor and Confessor - YouTube

Martin Chemnitz (Alter Martinus, Second Martin) (1522-86). Lutheran Commemoration of the birth of the poor Reformation Era pastor and confessor born in  Brandenburg on 9 November 1522, an eminent second-generation Evangelical Lutheran, Christian theologian, Protestant reformer, churchman and confessor. In the Evangelical Lutheran tradition, it is said that: Si Martinus non fuisset, Martinus vix stetisset (If Martin had not come along, Luther would hardly have survived). Chemnitz studied under Luther until the latter’s 1546 death and learned the difference between law and gospel. In 1547, Chemnitz transferred his studies to the University of Königsberg (present-day Kaliningrad, Калининград) but a plague caused him to leave, before returning in 1550 as State and University librarian with unrestricted access to what was then considered to be one of the finest libraries in Europe, destroyed during the Second World War. His interests changed from astrology to theology and he worked through the Bible in the original languages of Hebrew and Ancient Greek before turning his meticulous attention to the early theologians of the Church and current theological concerns. He was ordained to the ministry at thirty-two and was ecclesiastical superintendent for the Duchy of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, bringing it firmly into Evangelical Lutheranism before his death on 8 April 1586 in Braunschweig, Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg . He published the definitive Book of Concord: Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the doctrinal standard of that Church. Other major works are Examen Concilii Tridentini (Examination of the Council of Trent) and De Duabis Naturis in Christo (On the Two Natures in Christ), which prove his abilities as a doctrinal, historical theologian in the orthodox Lutheran tradition. He is listed and remembered in the Calendar of Saints and Commemorations in the Liturgical Church Year as a pastor and confessor by both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Image: youtube.com.

Day of Our Lady of Almudena - ExcelNotes

Virgen de la Almudena (Our Lady of Almudena). The present Virgin of Almudena is a c1500 icon that bears the title of the Virgin to whom the Cathedral of Madrid is dedicated, this her Feast Day being a major holiday in Madrid. The name derives from the Arabic term Al Mudayna (Citadel). There are various legends regarding the icon, the earliest being that in 712, prior to the capture of the town by the advancing Muslim forces, the inhabitants secreted the image of the Virgin, for its own protection, inside the walls surrounding the town. In the Eleventh Century, when Madrid was reconquered by Christian soldiers they endeavoured to find the statue. After days of prayer, the spot on the wall hiding the icon crumbled, revealing the statue. Another legend is that, as the Christian soldiers approached the city, they had a vision of Mary imploring them to allow her to lead them in, a miraculous crumbling of the wall showing them the icon and an entry through the walls. Patroness of the City of Madrid and the Archdiocese of Madrid. Image: excelnotes.com.

Prayer Under your bejewelled mantle, we seek refuge Most Holy Immaculate Virgin and Mother. How sweet it is for us to venerate you under the title of Our Lady of Almudena. Please protect us, our families and our loved ones from diseases, infections, wars and calamities. Amen