Wednesday, May 18, 2016


'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint John I, Pope & Martyr (470-526), fifty-third Bishop of Rome: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He is the first pope known to have visited Constantinople during (his) papacy. As pope he was responsible for introducing the Alexandrian computation of the date of Easter; it came to be accepted throughout the West.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
St. John was born in Tuscany & elected Pope in 523. He went to Emperor Justin in Constantinople as an ambassador of the Arian King Theodoric. On his return he was captured by the king, who was displeased at the outcome of the embassy, & cast into prison at Ravenna where he died of starvation in 526. The inscription on his tomb read: "Victim for Christ because of a forced journey."
'Tis also the feast of Saint Felix of Cantalice, O.F.M. Cap. (1515-1587): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter of James, chapter four, verses thirteen thru seventeen;
Psalm Forty-nine, verses two, three, & six thru eleven;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter nine, verses thirty-eight thru forty;

or, for St. John I:
The Book of Revelation, chapter three, verses fourteen(b) & twenty thru twenty-two;
Psalm Twenty-three, verse one;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-two, verses twenty-four thru thirty.

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