Monday, February 6, 2017


'Tis the Memorial of Saint Paul Miki & Companions, Martyrs (died 1597, A.K.A. the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan, the Martyrs of Nagasaki), martyred in the reign of the daimyō Toyotomi Hideyoshi: Martyr-link Papa Mike & Wikipedia-link Papa Mike; Martyrs-link ūnus, Martyrs-link duo, & Wikipedia-link XXVI.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
(St. Paul Miki) was a Roman Catholic Japanese Jesuit seminarian, martyr, & saint, one of the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan. He preached his last sermon from the cross, & it is maintained that he forgave his executioners, stating that he himself was Japanese. Crucified alongside him were John Soan de Gotó & Santiago Kisai, also of the Society of Jesus; along with twenty-three other clergy & laity, all of whom were canonized by (Bl.) Pope Pius IX (7 February).
'Tis also the feast of Saint Dorothea of Caesarea, Virgin & Martyr (died circa 311), martyred in the reign of the emperor Galerius: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the feast of Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel, Religious, S.S.F.P.A. (1830-1905), foundress of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S.S.F.P.A.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Genesis, chapter one, verses one thru nineteen;
Psalm One Hundred Four, verses one, two(a), five, six, ten, twelve, twenty-four, & thirty-five(c);
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter six, verses fifty-three thru fifty-six;

or, for the Martyrs of Nagasaki:
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter two, verses nineteen & twenty;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verse five;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-eight, verses sixteen thru twenty.

Individual Reading
Psalm Twenty-two (verses one thru thirty-two);
Psalm Twenty-three (verses one thru six);
Psalm Twenty-four (verses one thru ten);

Commentary: The Prayer of an Innocent Person (Psalm 22); the Lord, Shepherd & Host (Psalm 23); & the Glory of God in Procession to Zion (Psalm 24).

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