READING OF THE DAY: 29 JULY, 2013

mary and martha

“Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died].

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

(But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”

Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.

Do you believe this?”

She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” -John 11:19-27.

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SAINT OF THE DAY: 29 JULY, 2013

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Saint Seraphia
Virgin and Martyr († ca. 126)
and Saint Sabina
Martyr († ca. 127)

Saint Seraphia was born at Antioch in the late first century, of Christian parents who, fleeing the persecution of Adrian, went to Italy and settled there. When her parents died, Seraphia was sought in marriage by many, but having resolved to consecrate herself to God alone, she sold all her possessions and distributed the proceeds to the poor.

And then she sold herself into a voluntary slavery, and entered the service of a Roman noblewoman named Sabina.

The piety of Seraphia, her love of work, and her charity soon gained the heart of her mistress, who became a Christian.

Seraphia was denounced as a follower of Christ and condemned to die. She was first placed over a burning pile, but remained uninjured by the flames.

The prefect ordered her to be beheaded, and in that way she received the crown she so richly merited. Her mistress buried her with every mark of respect.

That noble Roman matron, Saint Sabina, was also denounced to the prefect Helpidius a year later. Christ is my God, I adore Him and serve Him; to Him alone I must sacrifice, she said when questioned. Her humble confession of faith obtained for her the grace of martyrdom; she was beheaded and all her goods confiscated.

She was buried in the tomb she herself had had built in Rome, and where she had interred her beloved servant, Seraphia.

In the year 425 a church was built at the site of the martyrdom of the two holy women, on Mount Aventino.

The Church of Saint Sabina was given to Saint Dominic in the 13th century by Pope Honorius III, and still today one venerates, under the main altar there, the bodies of the two holy Martyrs.