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Saint Maximilian Kolbe / Vigil of the Assumption

August 14, 2017

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr

Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr

Pray the Scripture for this memorial. Click HERE for a video reflection, then scroll down to today’s date. Read the Gospel more deeply with lectio divina.

In the Auschwitz death camp, a prisoner was missing. To discourage further escapes, the Nazis picked ten men to starve to death. One of those selected was a married man with young children. Fr. Kolbe volunteered to take his place. In the cell, he led the other men in songs and prayer.

Read more of this fascinating story. Watch a clip about Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s choice of martyrdom. You’ll find an excerpt, HERE, from the modern opera Maximilian Kolbe, depicting his death.

Listen to Mary, My Mother, a Polish hymn to Mary inspired by the sacrifice of Saint Maximilian. Click on “Show more” under the video to see the English text.

“Courage, my sons. Don’t you see that we are leaving on a mission? They pay our fare in the bargain. What a piece of good luck! The thing to do now is to pray well in order to win as many souls as possible. Let us, then, tell the Blessed Virgin that we are content, and that she can do with us anything she wishes” (after his arrest)

“A single act of love makes the soul return to life.”

The story of his life is heroic throughout. He is the patron saint of drug addicts, the imprisoned, and the pro-life movement.

Send an e-card. Find prayers and activities to mark this day. This contemporary song tells the story of Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Listen to a country-style song about his sacrifice.

Learn about another saint of Auschwitz.

Vigil of the Assumption

Mass on the evening of August 14 celebrates the Vigil of the Assumption.
Pray the Scriptures for this Mass.

For more about the Assumption, see the entry for August 15.



August 14, 2017
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St. Jude Catholic Church
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St. Jude Catholic School
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