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September 2010

Episcopalian Liturgical Calendar Includes Reference to
(Saint) Damien and (Blessed) Marianne

Mother Marianne Cope

Blessed Marianne has those who revere her in other faiths. It is good to note that both she and Saint Damien are honored by a feastday on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church, USA.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"Marianne is honored together with Damien with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on April 15."

In checking out the calendar, this is the way it is acknowledged in the calendar in the month of April:

"15 Damien, Priest and Leper, 1889, and
Marianne, Religious, 1918, of Molokai"

For Wikipedia, click here

The readings and prayer are as follows:

Readings:
Psalm 103:13-22
Isaiah 57:14-19
1 Corinthians 4:9-13
Matthew 11:1-6
Preface of a Saint (1)

PRAYER (traditional language)
God of compassion, we bless thy Name for the ministries of Damien and Marianne, who ministered to the lepers abandoned on Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands. Help us, following their examples, to be bold and loving in confronting the incurable plagues of our time, that thy people may live in health and hope; through Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

PRAYER (contemporary language)
God of compassion, we bless your Name for the ministries of Damien and Marianne, who ministered to the lepers abandoned on Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands. Help us, following their examples, to be bold and loving in confronting the incurable plagues of our time, that your people may live in health and hope; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

See this page on The Lectionary website (click here) - it is a collection lectionary resources for the Episcopal Church.

This is on St. Mark's Episcopal Church Homepage (click here)

"The faithful light votives before an icon of Saint Damien at St. Mark's. Father Damien de Veuster was the Roman Catholic priest who cared for the victims of Hansen's Disease (leprosy) in Kalaupapa, Molokai. We also commemorate Mother Marianne Cope, who when Father Damien died, provided the necessary leadership and care for the patients of Kalaupapa. Father Damien and Mother Marianne are the patron saints of persons with leprosy, persons with HIV/AIDS, outcasts, and the State of Hawai'i. They are regularly invoked to pray for us, along with our patronal saints, St. Mark and Queen Emma." (St. Mark's is located in Honolulu, Hawaii)

Information About the Veneration in the Episcopal Church
Taken From the Calendar of Saints (Episcopal Church in the USA)

"The veneration of saints in the Episcopal Church is a continuation of an ancient tradition from the early Church which honors important people of the Christian faith. The usage of the term "saint" is similar to Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions. Those inclined to the Anglo-Catholic tradition may explicitly invoke saints as intercessors in prayer. The saints are also recognized as examples in history of good Christian men and women.

The Episcopal Church does not canonize individuals, holding instead that all baptized Christians are saints of God and have the potential to be examples of faith to others. Episcopalians pray for each other and for all Christians as members of the Communion of Saints, including both the living and the dead, since all are in the hands of God. With this understanding, a wide variety of Christians from various denominations and traditions are thought of as "saints" in the Episcopal Church...," (taken from the Episcopal/Anglican/Religion Community website)