Sunday, November 29, 2015

November 29: St. Saturninus

St. Saturninus
photo by Andreas Praefcke

History

Pope Fabian made Saturninus the bishop of Toulouse, where he helped convert many pagans by his wonderful preaching and a few miracles that God did through him. Of course this made the pagan priests angry. One day they seized him, dragged him into their temple and demanded that he sacrifice to their false gods. Saturninus refused, stating "I adore one only God, and to him I am ready to offer a sacrifice of praise." The pagans beat him, then tied his feet to a wild bull. The bull was driven through the streets, and Saturninus was killed. 

Activity

Two Christian woman gathered up Saturninus body after he died and buried it so his body would be protected. One of Saturninus' successors built a little chapel over his grave, and later on, this was added to and turned into a beautiful basilica. It's still standing today, and you can go to this website to see the photos

Special Note: Today is the first Advent, the weeks of penance and preparation before Christmas. Here are the instructions for making a 3-D felt advent wreath that my children and I designed a couple years ago, a fun and easy activity to share with your kids today.