Thursday, May 26, 2016


'Tis the Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest, Cong.Orat. (1515-1595), founder of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity of Pilgrims & Convalescents & the Oratorians, formally the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri: Saint-link ┼źnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Cong.Orat.

Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
(St. Philip) Neri founded the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity of Pilgrims & Convalescents whose primary object was to minister to the needs of the thousands of poor pilgrims who flocked to Rome. Members met for prayer at the church of San Salvatore, where the devotion of the Forty Hours of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was introduced to Rome.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence in 1515. He went to Rome & began to work with young men among whom he fostered Christian life & formed an association for the poor & the sick. Ordained to the priesthood in 1551, he founded the Oratory where spiritual reading, sings, & works of charity were practiced. He excelled in his love of neighbor & in evangelical simplicity along with a joyous service to God. St. Philip died in 1959.
The Thursday after Trinity Sunday is also the traditional date of the feast of Corpus Christi, but in most jurisdictions the observance has been moved to the following Sunday, completing a string of four powerhouse Sundays: Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, & Corpus Christi.

Commentary: There is a Traditional Latin Mass Community based at St. Matt's downtown, & they are celebrating a Corpus Christi Mass tonight.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The First Letter of Peter, chapter two, verses two thru five & nine thru twelve;
Psalm One Hundred, verses two thru five;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter ten, verses forty-six thru fifty-two;

or, for St. Philip Neri:
The Letter to the Philippians, chapter four, verses four thru nine;
Psalm Thirty-four, verse two;
or, Psalm Thirty-four, verse nine;
The Gospel according to John, chapter seventeen, verses twenty thru twenty-six.

Personal Reading
The Book of Numbers, chapter twenty-six (verses one thru sixty-five);
The Book of Numbers, chapter twenty-seven (verses one thru twenty-three).

Commentary: The Second Census (26:1-51), Allotment of the Land (26:52-56), Census of the Levites (26:57-65), Zelophehad's Daughters (27:1-4), Laws Concerning Heiresses (27:5-11), & Joshua to Succeed Moses (27:12-23).

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