Feast of San Agustin

Published August 28, 2021, 9:36 AM

by Christina Hermoso


Feast masses will be celebrated at 6:45 a.m. and at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, in solemn commemoration of the Feast of Saint Augustine (San Agustin), one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most popular saints and the revered founder of the Augustinian Order.

The Holy Masses will be live streamed through the Facebook page of the church.

Also known as St. Augustine of Hippo, his feast follows that of his mother, Saint Monica, the patron saint of wives and mothers, whose feast day was commemorated on Aug. 27.

Feast masses will also be offered in Iba, Zambales; Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Guigaquit, Surigao del Norte; and in Cagayan de Oro City.

Known as the Doctor of Grace because of his miraculous transformation from his wayward ways through the perseverance of his mother, St. Monica and his mentor, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine discovered, through prayer, a change of heart.

Ordained priest in the year 391, he served as bishop of Hippo Regius in Numidia, Roman North Africa in 396 until 430. His masterpiece, the “Confessions,” became a classic of Christian theology and western literature.

Born on Nov. 13, 354 in Tagaste, North Africa, he died in 430. St. Augustine was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Boniface VIII in 1303.