Monday, October 17, 2016

Project BLACK MAMBA: The Daily Double

Today, 17 October is the Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr (circa 35-108), martyred in the reign of the emperor Trajan: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, Martyr-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He was an Apostolic Father, student of the Apostle John (27 December), & the third bishop of Antioch. En route to Rome, where according to Christian tradition he met his martyrdom, he wrote a series of letters which have been preserved as an example of very early Christian theology. He coined the phrase "Catholic Church," still in use to this day.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Ignatius was a convert to Christianity. When he was named the second bishop of Antioch, Syria, Ignatius became a successor of Saint Peter (). In 107, Emperor Trajan tried to force Christians to renounces their religion. Ignatius allowed soldiers to bind him in a rickety cart & lead him to Rome for martyrdom. As his cart rolled into towns, local bishops & Christians came to meet & encourage him. On the journey, Ignatius wrote seven letters to the churches he left behind. The letters give insights into the growth of theology. He asked his people to gather around the Eucharist & to care the "the widow, the orphan, the oppressed, as well as those in person, the hungry, & the thirsty" (Letter to the Church at Smyrna, 6.2). Ignatius was devoured by wild beasts in the Roman amphitheater.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Richard Gwyn, Martyr (circa 1537-1584, A.K.A. Richard White), martyred in the reign of the queen Elizabeth I, one of the Forty Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link XL.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter two, verses one thru ten;
Psalm One Hundred, verses one(b) thru five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twelve, verses thirteen thru twenty-one;

or, for St. Ignatius:
The Letter to the Philippians, chapter three, verse seventeen thru chapter four, verses one;
Psalm Thirty-four, verse five;
The Gospel according to John, chapter twelve, verses twenty-four, twenty-five, & twenty-six.

Personal Reading
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter twenty-one (verses one thru twenty-two);
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter twenty-two (verses one thru fifty-one).

Commentary: Gibeonite Vengeance (21:1-14), Exploits in Philistine Wars (21:15-22), & Song of Thanksgiving (22, inclusive).

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Monday, 10 October was the feast of Saint Paulinus of York, Bishop (circa 584-644): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twas also the feast of Saint Francis Borgia, Priest, S.J. (1510-1572, fourth Duke of Gandía), third Superior General of the Society of Jesus: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, Saint-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link.

'Twas also the feast of Saint Daniel Combini, Bishop, M.C.C.J. (1831-1881), founder of the Comboni Missionaries: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; M.C.C.J.-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter four, verses twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-six, twenty-seven, & thirty-one thru chapter five, verse one;
Psalm One Hundred Thirteen, verses one(b) thru five(a), six, & seven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-two.

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