His undisputed mastery in scholastic theology gained for him the title of Angelic Doctor. He is one of the greatest glories of the Dominican Order. Pope Leo XIII declared him Patron of all Catholic Schools. He died in the Cistercian monastery of Fossa Nuova, on his way to the Council of Lyons in 1274.
Perpetua a noble lady of Carthage with a nursing child, and Felicitas, and expectant mother, were exposed to the ferocity of wild beasts. They were finally beheaded in the year 202 during the persecution of Severus.
Prayer. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that we may reverence with unceasing devotion the triumphs of Thy holy Martyrs, Perpetua and Felicitas; though we cannot worthily celebrate their merits, we may at least approach them with our humble service.
By the decree of April 13, 1932, Pope Pius XI extended this Feast and Mass to the Whole Church.
St. Gabriel was born at Assisi in 1838. He was guided by our Lady into the Passionist Institute and became a veritable Apostle of her Sorrows. At twenty-four years of age he died of consumption, having already attained to a heroic degree of sanctity by a life of self-denial and great devotion to our Lord’s Passion.
St. Matthias was the Apostle chosen to take the place of Judas. He propagated the Faith in Palestine and was stoned to death in the year 64.
[Peter said] “So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsab′bas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthi′as. And they prayed and said, “Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside, to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthi′as; and he was enrolled with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:21-26)