Monday, March 13, 2017

Project BLACK MAMBA: Lent

'Tis the festival of Saint Leander of Seville, Bishop (circa 534-600): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Nikephorus of Constantinople, Bishop (circa 758-828, A.K.A. Patriarch Nikephorus I): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Sancha of Alenquer, Religious, O.Cist. (circa 1180-1229, A.K.A. of Portugal): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Daniel, chapter nine, verses four(b) thru ten;
Psalm Seventy-nine, verses eight, nine, eleven, & thirteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter six, verses thirty-six, thirty-seven, & thirty-eight.

Lenten Reflection

Individual Reading
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter seven (verses one thru twenty-eight);
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter eight (verses one thru thirteen).

Commentary: Melchizedek, a Type of Christ (7, inclusive); Heavenly Priesthood of Jesus (8:1-6); & Old & New Covenants (8:7-13).

Operation AXIOM: Habemus Papam!
Four years ago to the day, 13 March 2013, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J. (born 1936), Archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected the two hundred sixty-six Pope, "Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God," taking the papal name Francis. The first Jesuit to serve as Pontifex Maximus, & the first non-European since the eighth century, Pope Francis was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013; in the first four years of his pontificate, he has issued two encyclicals, Lumen fidei (written in collaboration with Pope Benedict XVI) & Laudatio si', & two apostolic exhortations, Evangelii gaudium & Amoris Laetitia. Pope Francis was elected to the Chair of Saint Peter, 13 March 2013, four years ago to-day.

To date, there have been no sighting of Pope Francis wearing the three-tiered papal tiara. Drat!

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