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St. Titus

Bishop and Confessor

Feast Day: February 6

Titus, bishop of Crete, enjoyed the privilege of being associated with the disciples of the Doctor of the Gentiles. He was so particularly dear to St. Paul for his zeal in preaching the Gospel and for his faithfulness that, when Paul had gone to Troas for the sake of the Gospel of Christ, he declared that his spirit had no rest because he had not found his brother Titus there. And a little later, on his way to Macedonia, St. Paul confirmed his love for Titus by writing, “But God, who comforts the humble, comforted us by the arrival of Titus.”

The Apostle sent him (St. Titus) to Corinth, and he carried out with great wisdom his commission there, which was particularly for the purpose of collecting alms to aid the needy Church of the Hebrews. In the meantime, to spread the seed of the divine word among people of different places and languages, after many journeys and toils under Paul’s leadership, Titus reached the island of Crete.

Later, when St. Titus was made bishop of this Church by the Apostle himself, he gave an example of good works. It is said that he went to Dalmatia and made great efforts there to unfurl the standard of the Cross. At length, full of merits, St. Titus died in the Lord at age of ninety-four years.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. I: Advent to Passion Sunday (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), p. 1766.

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