June 24th: There will be no Saturday morning mass.
June 25th: Fr. Martin Yost returns to Holy Cross as a special guest celebrant. Mr. Chase Skorburg will be a special guest preacher.
There will be no Rector’s Study Group before mass.
June 20: Translation of St. Edward
On this day we recall St. Edward the Martyr, King of the English, who was betrayed and murdered on March 18, 978. He was buried without any royal honors at the town of Wareham, Dorset. A year later the Martyr-King’s body was disinterred and found to be incorrupt. His relics were taken to Shaftesbury Abbey, where they were reinterred. The place became a pilgrimage destination and a place of healing and miracles. On this day, June 20, 1001, his relics were again moved with great solemnity to a prominent shrine within the monastery church. Shaftesbury Abbey was destroyed at the time of the Reformation, but Edward’s relics were hidden so as to prevent their being desecrated. In 1930 the relics were rediscovered, and in September 1984, the Martyr-King was again buried with devotion, this time at a monastic Orthodox church dedicated to St. Edward in Brookwood Surrey. They may be venerated there to this day.
June 22: Alban
Considered protomartyr (or first martyr) of Britain, St. Bede says that Alban suffered martyrdom around the year 303 in the town of Verulamium in Roman Britain (now called St. Albans, in Hertfordshire). Alban had given shelter to a Christian priest fleeing from the authorities. Alban was greatly impressed by the priest’s faith, and received baptism at his hands. When soldiers arrived, Alban dressed himself in the priest’s mantle and cloak and gave himself up to the authorities. He was taken before the magistrate and scourged. When he refused to deny Christ, Alban was taken to the top of a hill and beheaded. St. Bede records that on the way, Alban miraculously caused a fountain of water to flow from the top of the hill, and that Alban’s executioner was so impressed by the saint, that he refused to lay hands on him, for which the executioner himself was executed. The executioner who took his place was struck with blindness after killing Alban. St. Bede also records that the priest whom Alban sheltered was, with several companions, martyred several days later. The place of Alban’s martyrdom became a place of pilgrimage and healings, and a monastery was eventually built on the spot. This monastery eventually became the Cathedral Church of St. Alban, which remains to this day. St. Alban’s shrine was destroyed during the Reformation, but was restored during the 20th century, and relics of the saint preserved in Cologne were reinterred in the shrine, which has again become a place of pilgrimage.