'Tis the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children in the U.S.A.: Bishops-link.
Commentary: Wayback Machine. The Day of Prayer is usually observed on 22 January, the anniversary of the bloodstained Roe v. Wade decision; because 22 January fell on a Sunday this year, the Day of Prayer was of course moved to 23 January.
'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint Vincent, Deacon & Martyr (died circa 304, A.K.A. of Saragossa), martyred in the reign of the emperor Diocletian: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Wayback Machine. Traditionally, & still today in most of the world, the feast of St. Vincent is celebrated on 22 January. In the United States, due to the surpassing importance of the Day of Prayer, St. Vincent's feast has been transferred to 23 January. One day, the slaughter of the most vulnerable & innocent will end, & St. Vincent's day can be restored to 22 January.
'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint Marianne Cope, Virgin, T.O.S.F. (1838-1918, A.K.A. of Molokai): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Messalina of Foligno, Virgin & Martyr (died circa 250), martyred in the reign of the emperor Decius: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the feast of Blessed Nikolaus Groß, Martyr (1898-1945, also spelt Gross), martyred in the reign of the Führer Adolf Hitler: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.
Scripture of the Day
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter nine, verse fifteen & twenty-four thru twenty-eight;
Psalm Ninety-eight, verses one thru six;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter three, verses twenty-two thru thirty;
or, for Day of Prayer:
The Book of Isaiah, chapter thirty-two, verses fifteen thru eighteen;
Psalm Seventy-two, verse seven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter five, verses one thru twelve(a).
Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin (yes, this is inside baseball stuff):
Or, for the Day of Prayer, any readings from the Lectionary for Mass, the Mass "For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life" or the Lectionary for Mass, the Mass "For Peace & Justice."Quoth the my jail ministry missalette (the same missalette used at St. Matthew downtown):
[These] readings are suggested from among the many options.Such is the paramount importance of the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children that there are no alternative Mass readings for Ss. Marianne & Vincent. The missalette further notes:
The optional memorials for this day may only be celebrated within the Liturgy of the Hours.Individual Reading
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-three (verses one thru thirty-nine);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-four (verses one thru fifty-one).
Commentary: Denunciation of the Scribes & Pharisees (23:1-36), the Lament over Jerusalem (23:37-39), the Destruction of the Temple Foretold (24:1&2), the Beginning of the Calamities (24:3-14), the Great Tribulation (24:15-28), the Coming of the Son of Man (24:29-31), the Lesson of the Fig Tree (24:32-35), the Unknown Day & Hour (24:36-44), & the Faithful or the Unfaithful Servant (24:45-51).