Friday, October 7, 2016


'Tis the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary (formerly, Our Lady of Victory): Our Lady-link ūna, Our Lady-link duae, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Rosary.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary in relation tto the Rosary. The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is on 7 October, the anniversary of the decisive victory of the combined Christian fleet in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, defeating an Ottoman fleet off western Greece. On 13 October 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told the shepherd children, "I am the Lady of the Rosary.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Osyth, Abbess & Martyr (died circa 700, A.K.A. Osgyth, etc.), martyred by pagan Anglo-Saxons: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter three, verses seven thru fourteen;
Psalm One Hundred Eleven, verses one(b) thru six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses fifteen thru twenty-six;

or, for Our Lady:
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter one, verses twelve thru fourteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verse forty-nine;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses twenty-six thru thirty-eight.

Commentary: Not for the first time, the lunchtime Mass at St. Matt's featured a combination of the various reading selections available, the First Reading & Psalm from the weekday readings paired with the Gospel for the Memorial. Fair play, I must suppose.

Personal Reading
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter thirteen (verses one thru thirty-nine);
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter fourteen (verses one thru thirty-three).

Commentary: The Crime of Amnon (13:1-22), Absalom's Plot (13:23-28), Death of Amnon (13:29-38), Efforts for Absalom's Return (13:39-14:20), Absalom's Return (14:21-27), & Absalom Is Pardoned (14:28-33).

I'm not yet done, of course, but so far the saga of David & Absalom is the most challenging part of Samuel. Cetainly, Absalom has done wrong, but it does not seem to me that David has always done right, especially in not at all sanctioning his firstborn son Amnon for raping Tamar, David's daughter & Amnon's & Absalom's sister.

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