Saint of the Day ~ August 3

SAINT NICODEMUS (?-1st century), holy man

Today, the Church honors Saint Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, and a secret follower of Jesus Christ.

In order to avoid the wrath of his fellow members of the Sanhedrin, the Gospel tells us that Nicodemus would meet Jesus at night, and it is to Nicodemus that our Lord said, Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above” (John 3:3).

Eventually, it was Nicodemus who reminded the Sanhedrin that Jesus had the right to a trial, “Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to [Jesus] earlier, said to them, ‘Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?’” (John 7:50-51).

And with Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus helped prepare Jesus’ Body and placed Him in the tomb (John 19:39-40).

We know little else about Nicodemus, other than from apocryphal sources. Tradition says he was a martyr, though no details have survived surrounding his martyrdom. The Roman Martyrology commemorates the finding of his relics (his physical remains) on the 3rd of August.

We commemorate his feastday on August 3.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, americancatholic.org and newadvent.org)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Commons for Holy Men)

“God our Father, You alone are holy; without You nothing is good. Trusting in the prayers of Saint Nicodemus, we ask You to help us to become the holy people You call us to be. Never let us be found undeserving of the glory You have prepared for us.

“We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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