• On the Wedding Garment

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    On the Wedding Garment

    Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and
    cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and
    gnashing of teeth.

    The man without a wedding garment is a figure of the unrepentent
    sinner in mortal sin who stands before God without the wedding garment
    of sanctifying grace. The binding of his hands and feet and casting
    into the exterior darkness represents God punishing the sinner and
    condemning him to hell. [Matt 22: 13]

    November 6th – St. Winnoc, Abbot
    d. 717?

    WINNOC was probably of British origin. When a young man he, with 3
    companions, came to the newly founded monastery of St. Peter at Sithiu (Saint-Omer). He was so edified with the fervour of the monks and the
    wisdom of their abbot, St. Bertin that he and his companions agreed to
    take the habit together. Soon, as the chronicler of the monastery
    testifies, St. Winnoc shone like a morning star among the hundred and
    fifty monks who inhabited that sanctuary.

    When it was judged proper to found a new monastery in a remoter part
    of the country of the Morini, for the instruction and example of the inhabitants of that part, Heremar, a man who had lately embraced the
    faith, bestowed on St. Bertin some land at Wormhout, near Dunkirk,
    very convenient for that purpose. Bertin sent thither his four British
    monks to found the new monastery. St. Winnoc and his brethren worked
    tirelessly in building their church and cells, together with a
    hospital for the sick, and the place soon became an important
    missionary centre. Many miracles were attributed to Winnoc, who was
    always foremost in the service of his monastic brethren and his
    heathen neighbours. Even in his old age he ground corn for the poor of
    his community, turning the hand-mill himself without any assistance.
    When others were astonished that he should have strength enough to do constantly such hard labour, they looked through a chink into the barn
    and saw the quern turning without being touched, which they ascribed
    to a miracle.

    St. Winnoc died on November 6, the year, according to the 14th-century tradition, being 717. Count Baldwin IV built and founded at Bergues an
    abbey, which he peopled with a colony from Sithiu and enriched with
    the relics of St. Winnoc. The lands of the monastery of Wormhout were
    settled upon this house, and the town bears the name of

    In curious contrast to St. Illtud, St. Winnoc, though his direct
    connection with Great Britain is very slight, is commemorated in
    nearly all the English calendars of the 10th and 11th centuries (see
    those edited for the Henry Bradshaw Society by F. Wormald in 1934).
    What is more, his name is mentioned and the miracle of the corn
    grinding described in detail in the Old-English martyrology of c. 850.
    Three Latin lives of St. Winnoc have been printed in the Acta
    Sanctorum, November, vol. iii, but only the first, which may have been
    written as early as the eighth century, is of much account, the other
    two being obviously based upon this. This first life has also been
    edited by Levison in MGH., Scriptores Merov., vol. v. See also Van der
    Essen, Étude critique sur les Saints méroving., pp. 402 seq. Flahault,
    Le culte de St. Winnoc a Wormhout (1903) and Duine, Memento, p. 64.
    St. Winnoc is apparently the titular of Saint Winnow in Cornwall, and
    in an excellent monograph (1940) Canon Doble gives reasons for
    thinking he was a Welshman who founded this Cornish church and
    subsequently came to Sithiu, no doubt via Brittany.

    Saint Quote:
    Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a
    new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord's Day, in which
    our life is blessed by him and by his death.
    --Saint Ignatius of Antioch

    Bible Quote:
    But he that heareth and doth not is like to a man building his house
    upon the earth without a foundation: against which the stream beat
    vehemently. And immediately it fell: and the ruin of that house was
    great. (Luke 6:49) DRB

    Daily Thoughts and Prayers for Our Beloved Dead

    "Have pity on me, have pity on me, at least you my friends, because
    the hand of the Lord hath touched me" Job. 19-21.


    The Souls in Purgatory are powerless to help themselves. They cannot
    do penance, nor offer satisfaction, nor gain indulgences, nor receive
    the Sacraments. They cannot pray for themselves. We, who are still on
    earth, can share with them the Graces which God so generously and
    abundantly gives us.

    Prayer: Our Father, Three Hail Marys, Gloria, De Profundis.

    De Profundis

    Out of the depths, I have cried to Thee,
    O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.
    Let Thine ears be attentive to the
    voice of my supplication.
    If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark my iniquities,
    O Lord, who shall stand it?
    For with Thee there is merciful
    forgiveness: and by reason of Thy
    law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
    My soul hath relied on His word; my soul
    hath hoped in the Lord.
    From the morning watch even until
    night; let Israel hope in the Lord.
    Because with the Lord there is mercy;
    And with Him plenteous redemption.
    And He shall redeem Israel from
    all its iniquities.
    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
    And let perpetual light shine upon them:
    May they rest in peace. Amen.

    Most beloved Jesus, by the merits of Thy five wounds, hear the pleas
    and release from the torments of Purgatory the faithful soul that did
    the most good on earth. Place it today at Thy heavenly throne that it
    may join in honoring Thee and in guiding me to live according to its

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