The Church continues her period of waiting with John the Baptist’s admonition to “Be prepared” – something which all good scouts will remember, I’m sure. For centuries, God’s Chosen People, the Jews (and we always have to remember that Jesus Himself was a Jew) had looked forward through their prophets for the coming of the promised Messiah, the One Who would save His people from their sins, and bring them back to their Promised Land. As he points out his cousin, Jesus, he declares that there is the One so long expected.
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George, Patron Saint of England. There is evidence from the 4th century that St. George was venerated in Lydda in Palestine where a church was built in his honour.
Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1578-1622). Born there in Germany, he became a Capuchin, leading a hard life of penance, vigils and prayer. An indefatigable preacher, he was ordered to preach to the Swiss where he was pursued by heretics and eventually suffered martyrdom. Picture: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen with St. Joseph of Leonessa (Tiepolo, 1752-1758).
Mark. Cousin of St. Barnabas, and writer of the first Gospel. He accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and followed him to Rome. A disciple of St. Peter, whose teaching he reproduces in his Gospel. Said to have founded the Church of Alexandria. Picture: Icon of Saint Mark the Evangelist, 1657