Concerning the 1 May Beatification of John Paul II.
A reader sent the following:
May 1st the prayers for Santo Subito will be rejoiced The Universal Church will lift up one of the greatest men of modern times.
May 1 is an interesting date which is fitting for what it had been and what it this beatification now models for us who remain militant.
• 880 – The Nea Ekklesia is inaugurated in Constantinople, setting the model for all later cross-in-square Orthodox churches
• Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker
• Beginning of Mary’s Month
• England Plough Day (after which new seeds were sown)
• 1987 – Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
• 2011 – Pope Benedict XVI will beatify Pope John Paul II, a great servant of the Lord who garnered many souls, had great public piety, met the world and stood up against some of its greatest enemies as a true prince of the Church.
• May Crowning of Mother Mary
• May Morning is an annual event in Oxford, England, on May Day (1 May). It starts early at 6am with the Magdalen College Choir singing a hymn, the Hymnus Eucharisticus, from the top of Magdalen Tower, a tradition of over 500 years
• 1572 – Death of Saint Pope Pius V (b. 1504)
• 1731 – Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
• 1904 – Antonín Dvo?ák, Czech composer (b. 1841)
• 1945 – Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda (b. 1897)
• 1218 – Birthday of Rudolph I of Germany, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1291)
• 1956 – The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
• 1751 – The first cricket match is played in America.
• 1921 – Americanization Day. In 1958, due in part to the appropriation of May Day by the Soviet Union, the US Congress declared that Loyalty Day be observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
Wars of suppression and oppression and persecution Events
• 305 – Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor
• 1328 – Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton – the Kingdom of England recognizes the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
• 1576 – Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and later entreaty with Sweden to help stem off the advance from Ivan the Terrible, allowing the retaking of Livonia and preserving Poland and Lithuania.
• 1707 – The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
• 1834 – The British colonies abolish slavery
Ancient Pagan significance
• England – Month of three Milkings
– various fertility rites
• Gaelic – feast of (the) Bealtaine (end of the “year”)
• Roman- Festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers
• Europe – Walpurgis Night (folk festivals) commemorating what was the first day of Summer (Feb 1 being 1st day of Spring and thus Summer solstice being midsummer)
• Neopagan – cross-quarter day tied to astrology (midway form spring equinox to Summer solstice)
• 1884 – Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
1886 – Rallies were held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day culminating in the Haymarket Affair
Modern Communist/Socialist Actions to which JPII fought his entire life
• 1945 – The Yugoslav partisans (aka Yugoslav People’s Army = communists) “free” Trieste from Axis Germany, will later lead to Tito and a Communist tyranny that even stood up to Stalin
• 1948 – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is established, with Kim Il-sung as leader.
• 1961 – The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
• 1971 – Amtrak (the National Railroad Passenger Corporation) is formed to take over U.S. passenger rail service.
• May Day = International Workers Day
May we be blessed by Blessed-designate John Paul’s intercession for a faithful and true unity until we meet him in the presence of our Lord.