Extract from PATRON SAINTS: “Saint Gratus, former bishop of Aosta, is now its patron saint (Benedictines). In art, Saint Gratus is depicted as a bishop carrying the head of Saint John the Baptist and a bunch of grapes. There may be lightning flashing near him (Roeder). He is the protector of vineyards and is invoked against dangerous animals, fire, insects, hail, lightning, rain, and storm (Roeder). See PICTURE of Saint Gratus of Aosta. See also: September 7 – Saint Gratus of Aosta: Patron Saint Against Rain, Best St Gratus Online Information.
Saint Gratus of Aosta, Patron Saint Against Rain (Feast Date: September 7)
Extract from Gratus_of_Aosta (Multilingual): “Gratus was said to have been born into a noble Spartan family. He studied at Athens and became a monk. In order to escape the persecutions in the East, he fled to Rome, . . . A vision experienced at Pantheon sent him to Aosta. He converted many pagans there and Charlemagne aided him in his mission. By divine command, he was then sent to the Holy Land to find the head of Saint John the Baptist. For this reason, Gratus is sometimes depicted with John the Baptist’s head in iconography. . . . Gratus found the relic concealed in the palace of Herod. Smuggling it out of Jerusalem, Gratus returned to Rome, where churchbells played on their own accord in celebration. Gratus presented John’s head to the Pope; in doing so, the jawbone remained in Gratus’ hand. This was interpreted as a sign, and the Pope allowed him to carry that precious relic back to Aosta.” .See PICTURE of St. Gratus of Aosta. See also Saint Gratus of Aosta (En), San Grato de Aosta (Sp), San Grato di Aosta Vescovo (It). Video: 7 settembre San Grato di Aosta vescovo.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Gratus of Aposta on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Crocodile Attacks in Indonesia (May, 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 4 – June 17, 2012.
Flooding in Thailand (October, 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 24 – November 7, 2011.
Flooding in Benin (Spring, 2011) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: October 25 – November 7, 2010.
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: