11 April: St. Leo I, “the Great”, in the traditional Roman calendar

In the traditional calendar of our Holy Roman Catholic Church we find that today is the feast of St. Pope Leo I, "the Great" (+461), a great statesman and spiritual guide, a strong father to his flock, and defender of Catholic Faith.

I have a first class relic of St. Leo in the chapel.

You could perhaps pray to St. Leo that he will intercede with God to ask strength and courage for his successor in this difficult time.

Oremus pro pontifice!

Some old PODCAzTs on St. Leo the Great:

090 09-09-05 St. Leo on the beatitudes; the sacred, sacrilege and reparation
061 08-05-17 Pope Leo I on a post-Pentecost weekday; Fr. Z rambles not quite aimlessly for a while
059 08-05-15 Leo the Great on Pentecost fasting; Benedict XVI’s sermon for Pentecost Sunday
049 08-01-06 Leo the Great on Epiphany; Lefebvre compared to Athanasius; feedback
029 07-05-18 Leo’s mind blowing Ascension sermon; angels
027 07-05-16 Leo on the Ascension; a Collect; feedback
021 07-04-22 Leo the Great on Peter – Msgr. Schuler
020 07-04-19 Leo the Great and Benedict – Habemus Papam!
010 07-03-25 Leo the Great’s Letter 28 "ad Flavianum" – veiling statues – a "Tridentine" church in Rome
009 07-03-22 Leo on the Passion; Sobrino; confessions on Good Friday
008 07-03-20 Leo the Great on works of mercy in Lent 

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  1. Rachel Pineda says:

    Thanks for posting these. God bless you.

  2. samgr says:

    Pope St. Leo the Great plays a small but pivotal role in Verdi’s “Atilla.” One of the NY Times stories on the recent Metropolitan Opera production referred to him only as Leone, a Roman bishop. One of the dozens at the time, presumably.

  3. irishgirl says:

    I always liked St. Leo the Great and how he ‘faced down’ Attila the Hun.

    I also remember his altar in a corner of St. Peter’s Basilica. I particularly liked the part where Sts. Peter and Paul are swooping down from the heavens with swords in their hands, and Attila and his minions are hightailing it ‘outta there’!

    Please, St. Leo, St. Peter and St. Paul, ‘swoop down’ again and beat back the Church’s enemies!

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