Saturday, January 21, 2017


'Tis the Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin & Martyr (circa 291-304), martyred in the reign of the emperor Diocletian: Martyr-link ūna, Martyr-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Agnes was a beautiful young girl of a wealthy family & therefore had many suitors of high rank. Legends holds that the young men, slighted by her resolute devotion to religious purity, submitted her name to the authorities as a follower of Christianity. She suffered martyrdom at the age of twelve.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Almost nothing is known of this saint except that she was very young—twelve or thirteen—when she was martyred in the last half of the third century. Various modes of death have been suggested—beheading, burning,strangling. Agnes was condemned, executed, & buried near Rome in a catacomb that eventually was named after her. The daughter of Constantine built a basilica in her honor.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Publius, Bishop & Martyr (circa 33-112), martyred in the reign of the emperor Trajan: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: St. Publius cameos in the Acts of the Apostles, aiding St. Paul & companions after their shipwreck on Malta (Acts, 28:7-10).

'Tis also the feast of Saint Brigid of Kilbride, Abbess (sixth century, A.K.A. Bríga): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the feast of Saint Alban Roe, Priest & Martyr, O.S.B. (1583-1642), martyred in the reign of the king Charles 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 Hebrews, chapter nine, verses two, three, & eleven thru fourteen;
Psalm Forty-seven, verses two, three, & six thru nine;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter three, verses twenty & twenty-one;

or, for St. Agnes:
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses twenty-six thru thirty-one;
Psalm Twenty-three, verse one;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses forty-four, forty-five, & forty-six.

Individual Reading
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nineteen (verses one thru thirty);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty (verses one thru thirty-four);
The Book of Malachi, chapter one (verses one thru fourteen);
The Book of Malachi, chapter two (verses one thru seventeen);
The Book of Malachi, chapter three (verses one thru twenty-four;
The Book of Deuteronomy, chapter seven, verses one thru eleven;
The Letter to the Romans, chapter nine (verses one thru thirty-three).

Commentary: I actually read the two chapters from Matthew & the first chapter & a half from Malachi last night during the church basement fiasco (more about that in tomorrow's R.B.D.S.O.T.D.), but include them in today's BLACK MAMBA post rather than go back & retroactively claim them in yesterday's, especially since they were read long after that post was composed & published. I reread the whole of Malachi, supplemented by the bits from Deuteronomy & Romans—both of which tied back to Malachi—this morning, whilst subbing in the adoration chapel. Bonus holy hour! During my regular middle-of-the-night holy hour, I read next week's Sunday Mass readings, which will of course be documented in tomorrow's BLACK MAMBA post. How many more times do you think I can type the word Malachi?

VI. Ministry in Judea & Jerusalem: Marriage & Divorce (Matthew, 19:1-12), Blessing of the Children (19:13-15), the Rich Young Man (19:16-30), the Workers in the Vineyard (20:1-16), the Third Prediction of the Passion (20:17-19), the Request of James & John (20:20-28), & the Healing of Two Blind Men (20:29-34); the entirety of Malachi: Israel Preferred to Edom (Malachi, 1:2-5), Sins of the Priests & Levites (1:6-2:9), Sins of the People (2:10-17), & the Messenger of the Covenant (3, inclusive); Destruction of Pagans (Deuteronomy, 7:1-11); & V. Jews & Gentiles in God's Plan: Paul's Love for Israel (Romans, 9:1-5), God's Free Choice (9:6-24), Witness of the Prophets (9:25-29), & Righteousness Based on Faith (9:30-33).

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