On June 22, 1535, St. John Fisher knelt and prayed the Te Deum and Psalm 31, and laid his neck on the executioner's block.
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‘Almighty ever-living God, grant that through St. Catherine’s intercession we may be strengthened in faith and constancy and spend ourselves without reserve for the unity of the Church.’
We can pinpoint the day when interest in the catacombs was reawakened — May 31, 1578.
Today, Sept. 21, we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew, also called Levi.
While it was common in Europe to grant general absolution to soldiers going into battle, this was the first time it had ever occurred in the United States.