Is St. Josemaría Escrivá’s Feast Day a Secret Too?

Today is the 26th of June.

37 years ago today, the Founder of Opus Dei passed away. He was canonized 27 years later by Blessed John Paul II. St. Josemaría Escrivá‘s Feast Day, the Feast Day being that one day of the year when Mass would be offered in honor of that particular saint.

Dan Brown would like you to believe that Opus Dei is a secret society employing albino monk assassins (disappointingly fictional) and controlling a Vatican bent on taking over the world (would that headquarters were organized enough to be able to do so).

What remains a mystery is why the Feast Day of St. Josemaría Escrivá is not listed in the average Church calendar (the one paid for by your local funeral home) and liturgical ordo (a little book that tells the priest which day it is, what prayers to say, what color vestments to wear and whether or not he can pass Go and collect $200).

The USCCB website is silent about it. Even the usually exhaustively informative Catholic Calendar makes no mention of today’s Feast Day.

I want Paul Harvey to tell me the rest of the story.


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