1 May: The feast of St. Jeremiah, Old Testament Prophet

Some people do not realize that many figures of the Old Testament are considered saints by the Catholic Church.  They are not celebrated on our main liturgical calendar but they are in the Roman Martyrology, which is one of our official liturgical books.

Today is not only the feast of St. Joseph the worker, but also the feast of the prophet Jeremiah.

Many of the Old Testament figures are considered saints and have their day in the Roman calendar, even though not in the universal calendar for veneration at the altar.

Here is the text of the 2005 MartRom, which I will leave to you readers to work through animi caussa (just for fun)!

Commemoratio sancti Ieremiae, prophetae, qui, tempore Ioachim et Sedeciae, regum Iudae, Civitatis Sanctae eversionem populique deportationem monens, multas persecutiones passus est, quam ob rem Ecclesia eum habuit ut Christi patientis figuram.  Novum aeternumque insuper Testamentum in ipso Christo Iesu consummandum praenuntiavit, quo Pater omnipotens legem suam in imo filiorum Israel corde scriberet, ut esset ipse iis in Deum et essent illi ei in populum.



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11 Responses to 1 May: The feast of St. Jeremiah, Old Testament Prophet

  1. Gregory DiPippo says:

    In Egypt, the holy prophet Jeremiah, who was stoned by the people at Taphnis, and so there died, and was buried. Saint Epiphanius says that the faithful have been wont to pray at his grave and to take dust therefrom, whereby the bites of serpents are healed. :-)

  2. asperges says:

    (‘asperges’ cuius nomen est Jeremy)

    “Commemmoration of St Jeremiah the prophet, who in the days of Joachim and Zedekiah, Kings of Juda, warned of the sack of the Holy City and the expulsion of its people. He suffered such persecution that the Church holds him as a figure of the suffering Christ. Moreover, he prophesied the the new and everlasting testament would be perfected in Christ Jesus Himself in Whom the almighty Father would write His law in the very hearts of the sons of Israel, that He might be their God and they His people.”

  3. Dr Guinness says:

    Trumped by the First Class feast of S’ Joseph the Worker!

  4. Tom in NY says:

    “The memorial of St. Jeremiah the prophet, who, at the time of Kings of Juda, Ioachim and Zedekiah,warning of the expulsion and exile of the people of the Holy City, suffered many persecutions. For this reason, the Church considers him as a figure of the suffering Christ. He announced the New Covenant, fulfilled in Christ Jesus, in which the Almighty father wrote his law upon the hearts of the sons of Israel, that he would be their God, and they would be his people.”

    Salutationes omnibus

  5. acardnal says:

    Saint Jeremiah ora pro nobis.

  6. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Happy nameday to everyone named Jeremy!

  7. david s says:

    One of the charming things about visiting Venice is the various churches dedicated to Old Testament saints. There’s San Samuele, San Zacaria (father of John the Baptist), and my favorite, San Moises, where the altarpiece is a big pile of white marble representing Mount Sinai, with the patron descending, holding the tablets of the Ten Commandments. (I don’t recall seeing a San Jeremia).

  8. marylise says:

    Another beautiful Old Testament saint is King David whose liturgical date in the Roman calendar is December 29. Sister Josefa Menendez (1890-1923) of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, author of The Way of Divine Love (TAN Publishers, 1972), was devoted to King David. She ended up dying on his feast day (December 29, 1923) at the age of 33.

  9. marylise says:

    Correction re St. David: “whose liturgical date in the Roman MARTYROLOGY is December 29.”

  10. Lucas Whittaker says:

    “The Lord has appeared to him from afar: I have loved you with an everlasting love, and this is why I draw you with kindness . . . They had left in tears, I will comfort them as I lead them back; I will guide them to streams of water, by a smooth path where they will not stumble . . . The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says this: Judah and all his towns, the farmers and those who tend the flock will live in this land. For I will refresh the wearied soul and satisfy every sorrowing soul. And hence:

    I awoke and was refreshed,
    and my sleep was peaceful”
    (Jeremiah 31:3, 9, 23-26).

  11. Panterina says:

    @david s: There is a church dedicated to San Geremia, prophet, in Venice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Geremia. These Venetians, what did you know? :-)