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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Sermons in Honor of St. John Vianney

According to the 1962 Roman Catholic Calendar, today (August 8) is the Third Class Feast of St. John Mary Vianney.  As a side note, in the 1954 Calendar (still in use by some Traditional Catholics), the Feastday of the saint, with a rank of Double, is not until tomorrow (August 9).  And to complicate matters, in the Novus Ordo 1969 Calendar, St. John Vianney's feastday falls on August 4th, which is traditionally the Feast of St. Dominic.

From “Saints to Remember from January to December,” by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

This glorious parish priest was born in eastern France, three years before the French Revolution broke out. He was a simple farmer’s boy. He received his first Holy Communion secretly in a barn when he was thirteen years of age. He later began studies or the priesthood. Because of the simple innocence of his mind, he found it very hard to pass the seminary examinations. His great devotions were to the Blessed Sacrament and to Our Blessed Lady. After months of prayer to Our Blessed Lady, he finally obtained the favor of being ordained a priest in 1815. He got encouragement to pursue his vocation to the priesthood at the tomb of Saint John Francis Regis. He was first made an assistant pastor at Ecully, and later a pastor at the little village of Ars. He stayed there for forty-one years, until he died. He is always referred to as the Cur’e of Ars. So great was his sanctity that people from all over Europe came to see him. He used to spend from sixteen to eighteen hours in the confessional every day. Heads of the State, army officers, university professors, bishops and priest, all went to him for direction. Toward the end of his life, nearly 20,000 pilgrims visited him every year. Pope Pius XI proclaimed him the patron of all parish priests. He was one of the most loved priests in the history of the Catholic Church. Everyone remembers him either as siting in the confessional or kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament or before an image of Our Blessed Mother, always with the rosary beads in his hand.
In honor of the Feastday of this patron saint of priests and champion of Christ, please send some time reading some of his many sermons.  They are recorded below:


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