My wonderful friend Terry N. over at Abbey-Roads did an excellent post on San Gennaro. Here, a little late in the day, is my homily on every Neapolitan’s favourite saint, and on Our Lady of La Salette as well. One of Barbara Pym’s characters often exclaims, “Too much richness!” I love the richness of the Martyrology and of the Church’s calendar.
TUESDAY OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH WEEK OF THE YEAR II
Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 17-31a
Psalm 99:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R. 3c)
This very morning in the cathedral of Naples in Italy, Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe lifted up the reliquary containing the blood of Saint Januarius and, as it was presented to the faithful, the dried blood of the bishop of Benevento, martyred under Diocletian in 305, liquefied and bubbled up. Once again the faithful had their miracle, breathed a sigh of relief, and expressed their joy as only Neapolitans can.
Saint Januarius, better know as San Gennaro, was very dear to the thousands of immigrants from Naples and the province of Benevento