lundi 12 juin 2017

Bienheureux ÉTIENNE (STEFANO) BANDELLI, prédicateur dominicain

Bienheureux Étienne Bandelli

Dominicain prédicateur en Italie ( 1450)

Dominicain, patron de la ville de Saluzzo, né en 1369 à Castelnuovo, culte confirmé en 1856 par le pape Pie XI.

À Saluzzo dans le Piémont, en 1450, le bienheureux Étienne Bandelli, prêtre de l’Ordre des Prêcheurs, remarquable par ses prédications et assidu à entendre les confessions.


Martyrologe romain



Blessed Stephen Bandelli, OP (AC)

Born at Castelnuovo, diocese of Piacenza, Italy, in 1369; died at Saluzzo, 1450; cultus approved by Pope Pius IX in 1856. Stephen Bandelli was born into a noble family. Little is known of his early years except that he applied for admission to the Dominicans in his hometown and received the habit while still very young.


Stephen earned a degree in canon law and a master's degree in theology, and lectured at the University of Pavia. He was a man of superior intellect and a careful student. Tradition holds that he was "another Saint Paul," and that his sermons were effective in bringing many Christians to a more fervent life and many sinners back into the fold. Aside from this, one reads only the traditional assurances--that he was prayerful, penitential, had a spirit of poverty, was charitable, and was a model religious.

When Stephen died, he was buried in the Dominican church of Saluzzo. Many miracles were worked at his tomb, and the citizens of Saluzzo invoked him, in 1487, when the town was attacked by one of their neighbors. Their preservation was attributed to Stephen's intercession, as it was claimed that he had appeared in the sky above them while they were fighting. An annual feast was kept there in his honor for many years (Benedictines, Dorcy). 




Blessed Stephen Bandelli, C.O.P.

Memorial Day: June 12th

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    Stephen Bandelli was born into a noble family. Little is known of his early years except that he applied for admission to the Dominicans in his hometown and received the habit while still very young.

    Stephen earned a degree in canon law and a master's degree in theology, and lectured at the University of Pavia. He was a man of superior intellect and a careful student. Tradition holds that he was "another Saint Paul," and that his sermons were effective in bringing many Christians to a more fervent life and many sinners back into the fold. Aside from this, one reads only the traditional assurances--that he was prayerful, penitential, had a spirit of poverty, was charitable, and was a model religious.

    When Stephen died, he was buried in the Dominican church of Saluzzo. Many miracles were worked at his tomb, and the citizens of Saluzzo invoked him, in 1487, when the town was attacked by one of their neighbors. Their preservation was attributed to Stephen's intercession, as it was claimed that he had appeared in the sky above them while they were fighting. An annual feast was kept there in his honor for many years (Benedictines, Dorcy).

Prayers/Commemorations

First Vespers:

Ant. Strengthen by holy intercession, O Stephen, Confessor of the Lord, those here present, that we who are burdened with the weight of our offenses may be relieved by the glory of thy blessedness, and may by thy guidance attain eternal rewards.

V. Pray for us, Blessed Stephen.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Lauds:

Ant. Well done, good and faithful servant, because Thou hast been faithful in a few things, I will set thee over many, sayeth the Lord.

V. The just man shall blossom like the lily.

R. And shall flourish forever before the Lord.

Second Vespers:

Ant. I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock..

V. Pray for us. Blessed Stephen.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Prayer:

Let us Pray: O God who, to recall the erring faithful to the way of salvation, didst make Blessed Stephen, Thy Confessor, an illustrious preacher of the Gospel, grant through his merits and intercession, that being freed from all sin we may ever run in the path of Thy commandments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pascal Time

First Vespers:

Ant.  Come, O daughters of Jerusalem, and behold a Martyr with a crown wherewith the Lord crowned him on the day of solemnity and rejoicing, alleluia, alleluia

V. Pray for us, Blessed Stephen with thy companions, alleluia

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ, alleluia.

Lauds:

Ant. Perpetual light will shine upon Thy Saints, O Lord, alleluia, and an eternity of ages, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

V. The just man shall blossom like the lily, alleluia.

R. And shall flourish forever before the Lord, alleluia

Second Vespers:

Ant. In the city of the Lord the music of the Saints incessantly resounds: there the angels and archangels sing a canticle before the throne of God, alleluia.

V. Pray for us, Blessed Stephen with thy companions, alleluia

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. alleluia

Prayer:

Let us Pray: O God who, to recall the erring faithful to the way of salvation, didst make Blessed Stephen, Thy Confessor, an illustrious preacher of the Gospel, grant through his merits and intercession, that being freed from all sin we may ever run in the path of Thy commandments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SOURCE : http://www.willingshepherds.org/Dominican%20Saints%20May.html#Stephen Bamdelli

Beato Stefano Bandelli Domenicano


Castelnuova Scrivia, Alessandria, 1369 - Saluzzo, Cuneo, 11 giugno 1450

Stefano Bandelli nacque a Castelnuovo Scrivia nel 1369, ricevette l'abito domenicano a Piacenza. La sua fama e la sua santità è legata in modo particolare alla città di Saluzzo di cui è patrono. Il più insigne prodigio fu quello avvenuto nel 1487, quando, trovandosi la città di Saluzzo stretta da un terribile assedio, apparve in aria la sua figura accanto a quella della Madonna, liberando miracolosamente la città. Questo memorabile avvenimento è commemorato ancora oggi. Conseguita brillantemente la laurea in teologia e in diritto canonico, insegnò all'università di Pavia dal 1427 al 1432. Ebbe anche il dono dei miracoli, e morì più che ottuagenario l'11 giugno 1450 a Saluzzo.Il suo corpo si venera, ancor oggi, nella chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. Papa Pio XI il 21 febbraio 1856 ha confermato il culto. (Avvenire)

Martirologio Romano: A Saluzzo in Piemonte, beato Stefano Bandelli, sacerdote dell’Ordine dei Predicatori, insigne nella predicazione e assiduo nell’ascolto delle confessioni.

Stefano Bandello nacque nel 1369 a Castelnuovo Scrivia (Alessandria) da un’ottima famiglia. Ancor giovane si fece domenicano a Piacenza, entrò presto nell’ordine dei Predicatori, applicandosi all’osservanza meticolosa della regola, distinguendosi nella preghiera e nell’esercizio delle virtù religiose. Frattanto si impegnò nello studio letterario e teologico, sì da riuscire a diventare in pochi anni dottore in teologia e diritto canonico.

Tanta fu la fama della sua dottrina che venne chiamato ad insegnare all’Università di Pavia (1437), dove rimase per alcuni anni.

Poi lasciò l’insegnamento per dedicarsi con amore, grande facondia e competenza alla predicazione, tanto da venire chiamato “un altro san Paolo”. Si racconta infatti che questo santo gli sia apparso, come era già avvenuto a san Tommaso d’Aquino. Accorrono a sentirlo grandi folle, seguono conversioni strepitose di miscredenti e un maggiore fervore nei cristiani tiepidi.

Il beato Stefano è sì il brillante insegnante, l’efficace predicatore, ma è soprattutto l’uomo di preghiera, di studio, che sa sacrificarsi per i poveri, da cui è sommamente amato. Pi ù di tutti gli sono riconoscenti i peccatori, che egli ha riconciliato con Dio.Sentendosi venir meno le forze, si ritirò nel convento domenicano di Saluzzo, ove morì l’11 giugno 1450. Fu sepolto nell’annessa antica chiesa di San Giovanni dove le sue spoglie si trovano tutt’ora venerate dai fedeli.

Saluzzo lo elesse suo patrono, con san Chiaffredo, in seguito alla liberazione dall’assedio dei Savoia del 1487, ritenuta uno suo speciale favore. In quel frangente si dice che i saluzzesi abbiano visto apparire su Saluzzo il beato Bandelli, accanto alla Vergine Santissima, in atto di benedire e di proteggere la città.

Il beato Pio IX, il 21 aprile 1856, ne approvò il culto, in particolare per l’ordine domenicano e per le diocesi di Tortona, Saluzzo e Torino.