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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 11:02

Memorial of Blessed Angelus Mazzinghi

On 17 August the Carmelite Order celebrates the memorial of Bl. Angelus Augustine Mazzinghi, priest.

The birth of Angelus is not known but probably around 1386. The necrology of the Carmel in Florence calls him the first son of the nascent "observance of the Selve"-- the Carmelite reform begun in the house of the same name. This later grew into the Mantuan Congregation.

Blessed Mazzinghi's name appears in Epilogatio brevis, a collection of names of members of the Order who died with the odor of sanctity assembled by John Bale.  He was known as Angelo of Florence.

The necrology in Florence speaks of him as most virtuous, of solid doctrine, a master in counseling, well-known and holy, a very famous preacher. A friend who lived with him for some time heard from "reliable" witnesses that when Mazzinghi preached in Florence, roses and flowers issued from his mouth. The flowers were gathered together by two angels and woven into a crown on his head. This is the iconography with which Mazzinghi is represented.

The Bollandists, in their Acts of the Saints of August in 1737 did not believe that the holiness and the cult of the blessed was sufficiently proved. They were willing to take up his cause again when additional proof became available. Dominic Mary Manni published a Life in 1739.

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