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St John professed his vows in Pontoise, a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris

The saint who preached until death

Saint John Jones of Wales (July 12) was tried for high treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

Daily readings: July 6 – 12

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Zec 9:9-10; Ps 145; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Mt 11:25-30 (Year A)

Elizabeth of Aragon, painted by Francisco de Zurbarán

The saint who distributed small gifts

St Elizabeth of Portugal (July 4) is buried in a magnificent Gothic sarcophagus in the Convent of Santa Clara in Coimbra

Daily readings: June 29 – July 5

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Elizabeth of Aragon, painted by Francisco de Zurbarán

The Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-1; Mt 16:13-19 (Year A)

St. Etheldreda’s Church in Holborn

The relics of St Etheldreda (June 23) are kept in the church named after her in Ely

Daily readings: June 22-28

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Dt 8:2-3, 14B-16A; Ps 147; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58 (Year A)

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Ex 34:4B-6, 8-9; Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18 (Year A)