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Saint HYACINTH of Poland. August 16

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Christe Eleison:
August 16 ~ ST. HYACINTH,

The glorious apostle of Poland and Russia, was born of noble parents in Poland, about the

year 1185. In 1218, being already Canon of Cracow, he accompanied his uncle, the bishop

of that place, to Rome. There he met St. Dominic, and received the habit of the Friar

Preachers from the patriarch himself, of whom be became a living copy. So wonderful was

his progress in virtue that within a year Dominic sent him to preach and plant the Order in

Poland, where he founded two houses. His apostolic journeys extended over numerous

regions. Austria, Bohemia, Livonia, the shores of the Black Sea, Tartary, and Northern

China on the east, and Sweden and Norway to the west, were evangelized by him, and he

is said to have visited Scotland. Everywhere multitudes were converted, churches and

convents were built; one hundred and twenty thousand pagans and infidels were baptized

by his hands. He worked numerous miracles, and at Cracow raised a dead youth to life.

He had inherited from St. Dominic a most filial confidence in the Mother of God; to her he

ascribed his success, and to her aid he looked for his salvation. When St. Hyacinth was at

Kiev the Tartars sacked the town, but it was only as he finished Mass that the Saint heard

of the danger. Without waiting to unvest, he took the ciborium in his hands, and was

leaving the church. As he passed by an image of Mary a voice said:

“Hyacinth, my son, why dust thou leave me behind?

Take me with thee, and leave me not to mine enemies.”

The statue was of heavy alabaster, but when Hyacinth took it in his arms it was light as a

reed. With the Blessed Sacrament and the image he came to the river Dnieper, and

walked dry-shod over the surface of the waters. On the eve of the Assumption he was

warned of his coming death. In spite of a wasting fever, he celebrated Mass on the feast,

and communicated as a dying man. He was anointed at the foot of the altar, and died the

same day, 1257. Reflection.--St. Hyacinth teaches us to employ every effort in the service

of God, and to rely for success not on our own industry, but on the prayer of His

Immaculate Mother.

 :pray2: :pray3:

Melkor:
I know of this rather niche Saint thanks to Mary Fabyan Windeatt. God rest her soul!

Christe Eleison:

--- Quote from: Melkor on August 17, 2021, 10:13:53 PM ---I know of this rather niche Saint thanks to Mary Fabyan Windeatt. God rest her soul!

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Thanks, Melkor! :thumbsup: I love Mary Fabyan Windeatt's books. They are all beautiful!
She is a wonderful Catholic Canadian writer. May God rest her soul! :pray3:

And I also fell in love with SAINT HYACINTH of Poland after reading her book!

Saint Hyacinth of Poland, PRAY for us!  :pray2: :pray3:

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