The Feast of St. Alphonus Liguori (September 27, 1696 – August 1, 1787) according to the 1969 Calendar was celebrated on August 1. His statue and holy relic were honored in the sanctuary, and the faithful were invited to venerate his relic at the conclusion of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
This statue of St. Alphonsus, from Quebec, is unique in that he is shown in his Redemptorist habit prior to being consecrated a bishop. In fact, while his hair is already white, he is without his usual beard.
We thank this great Doctor of the Church and Patron Saint of Moral Theologians and Priest Confessors for his love for the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and Our Blessed Lady as well as his devotion to the Divine Infancy of Our Lord. While we pray the Stations of the Cross he wrote almost every Friday in Lent, we can also thank him for the prayers we pray every 25th of the Month in Honor of the Child Jesus (“Little Christmas”). St. Alphonsus was also the Spiritual Father of American Saint John N. Neumann, C.Ss.R., (Redemptorist Missionary and 4th Bishop of Philadelphia, PA) and American Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R. (d. 1867), whose Shrine is in New Orleans, LA (go to www.seelos.org for more information on Blessed Seelos).
St. Alphonus Maria de Liguori, pray for us!