Saint Hyacinth
     Hyacinth and Ceslaus prayed before the Blessed Sacrament and reminded each other they would meet in their daily prayers. Jerome, a young novice from the city of Leisach, now accompanied Ceslaus to teach, preach and establish a monastery in Prague. Henry and Hyacinth now left Prague for Poland.
     At last, nearing Cracow, he saw a procession with Bishop Ivo and the Duke of Leezek coming to greet him. The city had two churches, the Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Spirit. The Church of the Holy Spirit, which was to be remodeled and a convent attached, was to be given to the Friar Preachers. Hyacinth’s reputation for holiness was regarded by all in Cracow as a great blessing for their city.
     In early autumn the Tartars were close to the city of Kijow. Hyacinth was almost finished saying Mass when a terrified messenger arrived and said the Tartars had entered the city. Hyacinth calmed the priests and seminarians, completed the Mass and removed his vestments except for the Stole. Taking the Golden Ciborium containing the consecrated hosts from the tabernacle he again said that all would be well. An orderly procession was formed by the priests and seminarians with Hyacinth at its head. Screams of the Tartars approach could be heard. Another voice was heard also. “Hyacinth, my son, do not abandon me to the Tartars.” Every head turned to the statue of Our Lady. “Mother, your statue is too heavy for me to carry,” said Hyacinth.
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