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Saint John of Matha


John of Matha came from Provence, and was a man of exceptional holiness and zeal. Some have said that he was of the nobility, and was trained to be a soldier, but that he preferred to be a nurse to the poor and lowly in the hospitals of his day. But since there are no authoritative records of his early life, whatever is told thereof is conjectural.

He founded the Order of the Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives, which came popularly to be called the Order of Trinitarian Friars. At the time of the dissolution of the monasteries in England there were some seven of their houses in that country, known for their poverty and straitened circumstances.

His Order was approved by Pope Innocent III in 1198, and was given a white habit, with a red and blue cross on its front, and a penitential Rule which forbade the eating of flesh or fish except on festivals, and then only when given to them. Blessed John went to God from Rome, on December 17th, in 1213, but his feast is kept on February 8th. His brethren in these days give themselves chiefly to works of nursing and teaching.


O GOD, who by thy revelation to thy blessed John didst institute the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, for the redemption of captives from the power of the infidel: grant, we beseech thee; that at the intercession of his merits, we may by thee be delivered from all bondage both of body and soul. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Anglican Breviary, Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation, Inc., New York, 1955, pages 1109-1110

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