Ante Diem VII Id. Ian. AM 7514/AUC 2758
Today, in the Julian Calendar, is the Feast of Christmas. Merry Old Style Christmas!
There is no Feast in the Traditional Universal Calendar for this day, but the Mass and Office of Our Lady on Saturday should be said.
From the East:
From Ted Hewitt's Group, Ted has not posted for today, but to catch up:
5 Jan: St Simeon Stylites the Elder
5 Jan:(St?) Gerlac of Valkenberg
On this day:
AC 49, Roman Senate declares Cæsar a public enemy unless he disbands his army.
AD 1285, Charles I d'Anjou king of Naples, brother of King St Louis IX, dies at 58. (R+I+P)
AD 1325, Afonso IV succeeds Diniz the Justified (R+I+P) as king of Portugal.
AD 1528, Jeanne d'Albret queen of Navarre born. She was the mother of Henri IV, King of France and Navarre, who thought Paris «worth a Mass», and saved France for our Holy Faith!
AD 1536, Catherine of Aragon, legitimate wife of England's King Henry VIII, and mother of his legitimate successor, Queen Mary I, dies. (R+I+P)
AD 1558, Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by French under Francois, le duc de Guise. Vive la France!
AD 1566, Antonio Michaele Ghislieri is elected His Holiness, Pope St Pius V. To him we owe the «most beautiful thing this side of Heaven», the Tridentine Mass! holy St Pius, pray for the Church! His biography from The Catholic Encyclopædia.
AD 1584, Last day of the Julian calendar in Bohemia and the (Holy) Roman empire. They celebrated Christmas, at least!
AD 1598, Boris Godunov (usurper of operatic fame) seizes the Russian throne on death of Fedor Ivanovitch I.
AD 1695, Mary II Stuart, usurper (with her husband, «Dutch William») of the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland, dies at 32. Pray for her soul.
AD 1844, Marie-Bernarde Soubirous [St Bernadette of Lourdes], born. St Bernadette, pray for us!
AD 1845, Ludwig III, von Wittlesbach, consort of HM Mary III, de jure Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland, last king of Bavaria (1913-18), born.
AD 1873, Charles Pierre Péguy, Catholic writer and intellectual, born.