St. John Vianney’s things

The Novus Ordo calendar has St. John Vianney – confessor, the other kind of confessor too, draft dodger, Legion of Honor recipient, patron of priests, for the Feast today, 4 August.  In the traditional calendar, he is celebrated on 8 August.   This is one of those movings of saints’ days that I don’t fret about much.  Originally St. John was observed on 9 August and John XXIII moved him to 8 August and Paul VI moved him to his death date or “birthday” into heaven, dies natalis, 4 August.

Over the years, thanks to a friend, I’ve been able to celebrate, even solemnly, using objects owned by St. John Vianney.  For example, an amice…



And a ciborium.



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  1. seashoreknits says:

    I dearly love St John Vianney
    What a blessing to you, Father

  2. Josephus Corvus says:

    Fr. Z – After Communion this morning, our pastor brought up the fact that today was the feast of St. John Vianney, patron of priests. He then asked the congregation to say together a Hail Mary for all priests, and especially for priests in our families or that we may know. (Yes, I did include you among other in the offering).

  3. It tickles my mom that she celebrates her b-day on August 4th. She loves St. John Vianney. It will be her last birthday as she is dying with stage 4 cancer, unless my prayers to Archbishop Sheen for a miracle are answered. And if not, I ask St. John Vianney to pray for a peaceful death for her if that is God’s Will.

  4. Charles E Flynn says:

    St. John Vianney loses his day: Four reflections on the priesthood

    Our offering of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, however, will be incomplete if the only time we priests offer sacrifice is at the altar. No, the sacrifice of the altar requires the constant sacrifice of one’s life.

    August 4, 2019 Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas

  5. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    In our house, we mark both days. I have both a son Dominic and a son John, who took as his patron at confirmation St John-Marie Vianney.

  6. Pius Admirabilis says:

    I have a 2nd class relic of the Curé d’Ars. It came to me very unexpectedly – used as a bookmark in a Novus Ordo breviary, which has been gifted to me. When I wanted to give the relic back (I thought I was not worthy enough of its possession), my priest told me to keep it, and that it came to me for a reason. I don’t have a reliquiary, so I put it in a picture frame, and put it on my shrine.

  7. Suburbanbanshee says:

    It suddenly occurred to me today. The First Doctor on the original Doctor Who looks a lot like St. John Vianney, especially when given a similar hairstyle in some stories. The portrait on the other post makes the resemblance stronger.

  8. Suburbanbanshee says:

    William Hartnell was the actor’s name. I looked at some pictures from behind the scenes last night, and it seems that a lot of the First Doctor’s look was makeup designed to make the actor look older (although he already was pretty old), have a beakier nose, etc. The beautiful Vianney hairstyle was a wig. (Darned good wig.) Since Hartnell passed away a long time back, I had no idea that we had “new” material about him.

  9. The Cobbler says:

    When my friends managed to get me and my wife watching Doctor Who, I placated my completionist preferences by starting with all the Doctor Who that happened to be available on Netflix. I couldn’t help but think William Hartnell looked familiar; after a while, I realized why!

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