15 May 2010

Blessed Andrew Abellon

15 MAY 2010. In addition to Blessed Giles, today we also celebrate the feast day (optional memorial) of Blessed Andrew Abellon, a friar and priest.

Blessed Andrew was born in A.D. 1375 at Saint Maximin, France. As a youth, Andrew listened to the preaching of Saint Vincent Ferrer at the Saitn Maximin monastery.

Blessed Andrew received the Dominican habit at the priory of St. Mary Magdalene. He was noted for his teaching and his preaching throughout Provence, and for his zeal in restoring regular observance. In addition, Blessed Andrew was also a noted artist, especially known for manuscript illustrations, and contributed to the artistic beauty of many of the Dominican churches of southern France.

Blessed Andrew died at Aix-en-Provence on 15 May 1450. After his death, Blessed Andrew's body was buried in the Church of the Magdalen and his tomb soon became a place of pilgrimage. His intercession was especially sought for the cure of fever. Blessed Andrew was beatified in A.D. 1902.


God of all truth,
you chose Blessed Andrew to preach the gospel of peace
and to promote the regular life.
By the help of his prayers
may we devote ourselves to proclaiming the faith
and bearing the yoke of Christ with fidelity.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


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