Saint Dismas was the so-called Good Thief who was crucified along with another thief (later named Gestas) and Jesus on the hill called Golgotha on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Writing centuries apart, two Church Fathers, Tertullian and Augustine, claimed that the three died on March 25, the date that was designated as Dismas’s feast day.

The Gospel of Luke relates Jesus’ conversation with the two thieves, though it does not name them. After having been mocked by both the Jewish authorities and the Roman soldiers, Jesus is taunted by one thief, who challenges Jesus, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” (Luke 23:39) But the other thief, the Good Thief, takes the opposite view.

The Good Thief recognizes that Jesus is innocent and has done nothing wrong He also acknowledges that Jesus is the Messiah, by saying to Him, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42) To which Jesus replies, “Amen, I say to you today, you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

Saint Dismas is the patron Saint of those condemned to Death.

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  6. Saint Dismas, pray for us. Thank you for your heroic virtue.
    Thank you for opposing Gestas, the unrepentant thief.
    Saint John the Baptist, pray for us. For Baptism WITH repentance. For courage amidst suffering and austere sacrifices. For purification and humility.
    All holy men and women, martyrs, saints, angels, pray for us.
    Holy Family of Nazareth, restore matrimony and family life.
    Transform all of mankind’s iniquity into integrity. Amen.

    Ecce Crucem Domini!
    Fugite partes adversae!
    Vicit Leo de tribu Juda,
    Radix David! Alleluia!
    Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us. For Italy.
    Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us. For Rome.
    Blood of Christ Crucified, cleanse the Vatican.

    Guardian Angel of those whose names you can read in my heart, watch over them with every care, make their way easy and their labours fruitful. Dry their tears if they weep; sanctify their joys; raise their courage if they weaken; restore their hope if they lose heart, their health if they be ill, truth if they err, repentance if they fall. Amen.


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