Monday, August 17, 2009

Saint Hyacinth

This morning I took the opportunity of celebrating Mass in the extraordinary form here at Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe. Father Ben says it's the first time the ef has been celebrated here since the liturgical reforms. The church was built in 1948. As is often the case, one discovers 'new' saints in the old calendar. So a happy feast of St Hyacinth, particularly to any Polish readers I may have.

My St Andrew's Daily Missal tells us:
St Hyacinth, called the apostle of the North, was born in 1158 at the castle of Kamin, near Breslau. Having gone to Rome, he was received there into the Order of Friar Preachers by its founder, St Dominic, in the church of St Sabina. At the age of 33, he was made superior of the mission which this saint sent in Poland. St Hyacinth then went over to Austria, Poland, Denmark, Scotland and Livonia, everywhere preaching the word of God, which his numerous miracles confirmed. He died on the feast of the Assumption in 1257.

You can find out more at New Advent here.


  1. Hyacinthe was a new one on me too this morning when I attended Mass. I had to bail before the Leonine prayers, because "Fr. Slowpoke" who started 5 minutes late take 45 minutes to do a low Mass. [The pastor consistently clocks in around 32 minutes, and I have plenty of time to grab breakfast and pick up lunch on my way into work AND get free parking.

    Did you have many attendees? Or was it just you and a server?

    I've also had fun learning about these "new" to me saints. The powers that be really denuded our current calendar. Not for the better!

    I think the readings for epistle and gospel get too repetitious in the EF form but they could have kept the commems and those Saints in the new Lectionary and calendar. I don't particularly care for the Baronius press '62 Missal. It has too many explanations about the Mass itself interspersed into the actual text, which makes for too many page flips, and for some of the Masses done (in particular, the Immaculate Heart of Mary) it's entirely too "flippy" for the propers. (You've got to mark 5 separate places. They can't print an extra page so they're all in one place? Gimmee a break.) The detail they give re: each saint is scant.

    BUT the 1940s St. Mary Missal I have is excellent for details on a given saint. [And FWIW, if you can find one interspersed throughout the missal in good places are historical bits about the Catholic church in the US and how Catholicism grew in each of the states! Drawback: no latin given for epistle and gospel.

    Are you going to take the opportunity to do the Mass in Latn every day? It would be nice, then you'll get more practise.

  2. There's a bang-up biography of St Hyacinth in Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints, available at Google Books. Here's a link to the first page of the saint's biography:

  3. Dear Father, whom do you think Jacinta of Fatima was named for?

  4. Didn't know, but I do now. Thanks.


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