9 May: St. Isaiah, Prophet of the Old Testament – and a few more

Many people don’t realize that Holy Church considers some Old Testament figures to be saints with their own feast days.

We don’t celebrate them at the altar, but they have their day.

Actually, if there were no other saint in the liturgical calendar taking precedence, we are told that we indeed could celebrate a saint from the Martyrology.  But I digress.

In any event, today is the commemoration of the 8th c. BC St. Isaiah, the prophet of the Old Testament.

The Martyrologium Romanum has this entry for him.

1. Commemoratio sancti Isaiae, prophetae, qui, in diebus Oziae, Iotham, Achaz et Ezechiae, regum Iudae, missus est ut populo infideli et peccatori Dominum fidelem et salvatorem revelaret, ad implementum promissionis David a Deo iuratae. Apud Iudaeos sub Manasse rege martyr occubuisse traditur.

You readers can give your own polished and flawless renderings of this brief but interesting text.

We also learn from the Martyrology that today is the feast, or rather “commemoration” – but let’s not be too fussy – of St. Hermas, from the New Testament, whom St. Paul greets in Romans 16.  The 3rd c. Origen of Alexandria thought that he was the author of the ancient Christian word The Shepherd of Hermas.

Among others we also give honor to God today through the martyrdom, in London, of Bl. Thomas Pickering, a Benedictine monk, a simply and pious soul, who was it seems falsely implicated in a plot against Charles II.  He died “ad Tyburni patibulum“.

From more modern times we also learn that today is the day that Bl. Stephan Grelewski, a priest and martyr, died in Dachau concentration camp. The Martyrology uses the dire phrase “diris tormentis extenuatus“.  Brrrrr.

Many around the world today suffer at the hands of others precisely the profess Christ as their Lord and God.

Give some thought today about your state in life as it is here and now.

Think also for a little while about what you may have to do and endure if an when your time comes to be challenged to give witness to your Faith and then suffer negative consequences.

You may not be challenged with the threat of death, but perhaps you will risk losing your job or some relationship or other worldly good.


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5 Responses to 9 May: St. Isaiah, Prophet of the Old Testament – and a few more

  1. Tom in NY says:

    “The commemoration of St. Isaiah, the prophet. In the days of the kings of Judah, Ozaiah, Iotham, and Ezekiah, he was sent to reveal to an unfaithful and sinful people that the Lord was faithful and a savior, for implementation of the promise sworn to David by G-d. It is handed down that he was killed as a martyr in Juda in the reign of King Manassah.”

    In the year that King Oziah died… (ch. 6)

    Salutationes omnibus

  2. papaefidelis says:

    Commemoration of holy Isaiah, the prophet, who, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, was sent to reveal that the Lord was faithful and a savior to an unfaithful and sinful people, and to fulfill the promise swear by God to David. It is said that he met death as a martyr at the hands of the Jews under king Manassah.

  3. Father G says:

    Since the Solemnity of the Ascension has been transferred to Sunday where I live and there is no obligatory memorial of a saint on today’s calendar, I will be celebrating Mass this morning in honor of Saint Isaiah as GIRM 355b permits.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    The tradition is that he got sawed up, which is why you sometimes see him with a saw as an attribute.

  5. Sid Cundiff in NC says:

    There is an argument that Christianity is, in part, realized Isaiaic Judaism — that St. Paul came to realize that what Isaiah foretold, Our Lord fulfilled.