Thursday, October 29, 2015

October 29: St. Narcissus

Altarpiece of St. Narcissus
Cathedral of Girona, Spain
Photo by JoJan

History

Saint Narcissus was born at the end of the first century. He became bishop of Jerusalem when he was nearly 80 years old, and when he was almost 100 years old, he and Bishop Theophilus of Caesarea held a big meeting about when to celebrate Easter. Because Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday, they agreed Easter should always be on a Sunday instead of moving through the week (like Christmas). Narcissus also was very effective in praying for miracles. Once, his deacons didn’t have enough oil to fill the lamps at church, so Narcissus prayed over a jug of water, and the water changed to oil. He died while he was kneeling in prayer when he was 117 years old.

Activity

Did you know that some Catholic parishes have trouble paying their bills to keep the lights on? Find a parish near you that's in an impoverished area and make a donation (any amount) designated for their electric bill. 

Saint Narcissus, pray for us!



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