St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

June 28 is the feast day of St. Irenaeus. He was an early Christian theologian who argued against the gnostics in his extensive writings. He also wrote about the truth of apostolic teaching.

It is thought that the devotion to Our Lady Untier of Knots or Our Lady Undoer of Knots, can be traced back to this quote:

The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith.

His feast day is June 28.

Patron Saint of …

He is the patron saint of apologists and catechists.

Daily Mass Readings for the Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

  • First Reading2 Timothy 2:22b-26: “Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord with purity of heart. Avoid foolish and ignorant debates, for you know that they breed quarrels.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 37: “The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.”
  • Gospel John 17:20-26: “I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

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Jesus Christ, in His infinite love, has become what we are, in order that He may make us entirely what He is.

The Genius of St. Irenaeus (Video)

Irenaeus taught that God has no need of anything outside of himself. What does this mean, and why is it good news? Bishop Robert Barron explains.


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