The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Devotion of Mary’s Heart always flourished in the Church, but its first official approval did not come till the beginning of the 19th century when Pius VI approved, for certain religious organizations, a Feast for the Most Pure Heart of Mary. The devotion was approved for the universal Church when Pius XII dedicated all mankind to the Heart of Mary in December, 1942, following this by the institution of new Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the B.V. M.

Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian

Martyrs

St. Timothy of Antioch was martyred at Rome in the Fourth Century. He was buried in a special grave in the gardens of Theona, not far from the cemetery of St. Paul. This was a recognition of fact that he bore the same name as the great disciple of St. Paul.
St. Hippolytus (not the rival of Pope Callixtus) was a martyr of Porto. His history is wrapped in obscurity.
St. Symphorian is a celebrated martyr of Autun, beheaded under the reign of Aurelian about 180. When he was being led to martyrdom his pious mother called to him: “My son, my son, look up to heaven and behold Him Who reigns there. You are not being led to death, but to a better life.”

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