Liturgy of Saint Denis and Companions

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Part 1 Liturgy of Saint Denis and Companions October 9 is the celebration day of the feast of St. Denis and his companions, Rusticus the priest and Eleutherius the deacon, who were both martyred alongside and buried with him. Veneration of St. Denis and his companions began shortly after his death and added to the Roman calendar in 1568 by Pius V, even though it had already been celebrated regularly since about the year 800 AD. In traditional Catholic practice, Denis is invoked against diabolical possession and issues of head pain, the obvious allusion to his beheading. (St. Denis and Companions, 2012). In the Middle Ages many wore bright colors, some encrusted with jewels during the Feast of St. Denis, particularly in those cathedrals named after him. This was to signify the movement into a world of light and comfort based on suffering on earth (Levy, ed., p. 354). Feasts of the saints arose from the early Christian customs of both commemorating their death and their rebirth into heaven. The readings for the feast of St. Denis include material from Paul's second letter to the Corinthians (6: 4-10) in which Paul emphasizes that humans are servants of God in all ways. It is through endurance in hardships, imprisonments, hunger, and hate that the Holy Spirit enters into us and helps us understand that there is a greater plan. The issue of "sowing in tears shall reap rejoicing" focuses on the issue of suffering on this plane of existence versus finding spiritual comfort

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