Sunday, December 11, 2016

Project BLACK MAMBA: Third Sunday of Advent

'Tis the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday: Advent-link & Wikipedia-link Gaudete.

Otherwise, 11 December would be the feast of Saint Damasus I, Pope (circa 305-384), thirty-seventh Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ┼źnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Damasus was born in Spain around the year 305 & during a period of great upheaval in the Church was ordained Bishop of Rome in 366. He summon synods to work against schismatics & heretics & widely promoted the cult of martyrs whose burial places he adorned with sacred verse. During his pontificate, Christianity was declared the official religon of the Roman state, & Latin became the principal liturgical language as part of the pope's reforms. His encouragement of Saint Jerome's (30 September) biblical studies led to the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Scripture which twelve centuries later the Council of Trent declared to be "authentic in public readings, disputations, preaching." He died in 384.
'Twould also be the feast of Blessed Arthur Bell, Priest & Martyr, O.F.M. (1590-1643), martyred by the Roundhead Parliament, one of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link LXXXV.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Isaiah, chapter thirty-five, verses one thru six(a) & ten;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-six, verses six thru ten;
The Letter of James, chapter five, verses seven thru ten;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eleven, verses two thru eleven.

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