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St. Andrew Avellino


November 10

Andrew Avellino, previously called Lancelot, was born at Castro Nuovo, a village in Lucania. He learned jurisprudence at Naples, was ordained priest and began to practice law, though only in ecclesiastical courts. But once when he was presenting a case he let slip a small lie and then happened upon the words of Scripture, “A lying mouth slays the soul.”

He was seized with remorse and sorrow, abandoned the practice of law and begged to be admitted among the Clerks Regular. Successful in this petition, he also obtained by prayer, on account of the great love of the Cross with which he burned, the favor of being given the name of Andrew. He was outstanding for his abstinence, patience, humility and contempt of self. He caused the Order of Clerks Regular to spread in a wonderful way. He honored the Virgin Mother of God with a singular love and reverence. After giving heroic examples of virtue, worn with old age and broken by his labors, as he was beginning the celebration of Mass, after the third repetition of the words “I will go in to the altar of God,” he suffered a stroke of apoplexy and died peacefully soon afterwards, fortified by the sacraments.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1795-1796.

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