St. Martha (July 29)

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July 29

Saint Martha


.Patron Saint of Domestic Workers, Homemakers,

Hotel Keepers, Laundry Workers,

Housewives, Servers, Travelers

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FEAST DATE:

July 29

PATRONAGE: 

butlers

cooks

dieticians

domestic servants

homemakers

hotel-keepers

housemaids

housewives

innkeepers

laundry workers

maids

manservants

servants

servers

single laywomen

travellers

Villajoyosa, Spain (chosen after a flash flood saved the village from Moorish invaders on her feast day in 1538)

Extract from St. Martha: “Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus. They lived in the little town of Bethany near Jerusalem. They were dear friends of Jesus, and he often came to visit them. In fact, the Gospel tells us: “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary and Lazarus.” It was St. Martha who lovingly served the Lord when he visited them. One day, she was preparing a meal for Jesus and his disciples. She realized that the task would be easier if her sister would help. She watched Mary sitting quietly at Jesus’ feet, listening to him. “Lord, tell my sister to help me,” Martha suggested. Jesus was very pleased with Martha’s loving service. However, he wanted her to know that listening to God’s Word and praying is even more important. So he said gently, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious about many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part.”  See PICTURE of St. Martha. See also: Martha (Multilingual), PRAYERS to St. Martha.

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The Missionaries of Mercy and our collaborators have prayed for the intercession of St. Martha on behalf of those affected by the following disasters:

Coach Crash in France (February 19, 2012) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: February  27 – March 11, 2012.

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