Extract from Saint Gaspar, Saint Melchior and Saint Balthasar (First Century): “January 6 is the feast of these three Magi, who brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Magi brought Jesus go”ld to show that He was a king; frankincense to honor Him as God; and myrrh to greet Him as man. These Magi first saw the star which led them to Bethlehem on the previous March 25, the day, and at the moment, that Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb. It took the Magi nine months and twelve days to reach Bethlehem, guided by the star. The star left them when they were in Jerusalem. But it shone again after the Magi left Jerusalem, and led them to the cave of Bethlehem. Our Lady let each of the Magi hold Jesus in his arms. They were given some of His baby clothes to bring back to the East by way of relics. The Magi returned to the East, to Persia and later were baptized there by Saint Thomas the Apostle, in the year 40. All three of the Magi were martyred for the Catholic Faith. Their names are now, and should always be called, Saint Gaspar, Saint Melchior and Saint Balthasar.” See PICTURE of Saint Balthasar. See also: January 6 – The Magi – Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar (Multilingual), Saint Balthasar. Video: The three wise men.PRAYER for Epiphany – 3 Wise Men, NOVENA TO THE MAGI IN ANTICIPATION OF THE EPIPHANY.
Melchior (Patron Saint of Travelers) (Feast Date: January 6)
Extract from Concerning The Magi And Their Names: “The Magi were a priestly caste of ancient Persian Zoroastrianism and were revered by classic authors as wise men. It was their alleged power over demons gave rise to the word “magic.” Magi comes from Middle English magi, from Latin magì, pl. of magus (meaningsorcerer), from Greek magos, from Old Persian maguš. In Christian culture, the Magi were men who came, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, to adore the newborn Jesus. They were guided by the Star of Bethlehem. Their number was not identified in the Gospel of Matthew, but Christian tradition has set their number as three, called them kings, and named them Caspar or Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. The Feast of Epiphany, January 6th, commemorates their visit. Their coming was foretold. ‘The kings of Tarshish and the Isles shall offer gifts, the kings of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute. All kings shall pay Him homage, all nations shall serve Him’ (72:10-11). Isaiah also prophesied the gifts: ‘Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries from Midian and Ephah; all from Sheba shall come bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord’ (Isaiah 60:6).” See PICTURE of Saint Melchior and the Magi. See also:Magi (EN), Saint Gaspar, Saint Melchior and Saint Balthasar (EN), Biblical Magi (Multilingual), Saint Melchior(Multilingual),Epifanía del Señor (SP), Il racconto dei Magi(IT), L’Épiphanie(FR), Objawienie Pańskie – Trzej Królowie (PO). VIDEOS: We Three Kings, Respighi – The Adoration of the Magi – Three Botticelli Pictures, The Adoration of the Magi, We Three Kings Of Orient Are by The New Horizons, We Three kings (A Celtic Rendition), Beach Boys ♫ “We Three Kings Of Orient Are”, Jennifer Avalon We Three Kings. Epiphany PRAYERS, NOVENA TO THE MAGI IN ANTICIPATION OF THE EPIPHANY.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Melchior on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Migrant Haitian Boat Acceident near Cuba (December, 2011) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: January 2 – January 15, 2012.
Wedding Bus Crash in India (May 30, 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentioons: June 7 – June 19, 2011.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: