Tuesday, November 25
Feast of Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr
Saint Catherine of Alexandria is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, a group of saints who are venerated together because of their effective intercession against illness and who became popular during the Black Plague of the Middle Ages. Catherine, a virgin martyred—after one failed attempt—by a Roman emperor in the fourth century, is invoked against sudden death. Other saints in the group (and their patronage) include Blaise (illness of the throat), Barbara (fever), Elmo (intestinal ailments), and Denis (headaches). The intercession of these saints can be sought for comfort when sick.
Today’s readings: Revelation 14:14-19; Luke 21:5-11 (504). “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”