Thursday, June 2, 2016


'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saints Marcellinus & Peter, Martyrs (died circa 304), martyred in the reign of the emperor Diocletian: Martyrs-link, Martyr-link Mike, Martyr-link Papa, & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Marcellinus, a priest, & Peter, an exorcist, died in the year 304. According to a legendary account of their martyrdom, the two Romans saw their imprisonment as just one more opportunity to evangelize & managed to convert their jailer & his family.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Saints Marcellinus & Peter were beheaded in a grove after being forced to dig their own graves during the Diocletianic Persecution. Their bodies were moved & buried in the cemetery Ad duas Lauros on the Via Labicana. Once peace had been restored, the Church build a basilica over their tombs.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Eugene I, Pope (died 657), seventy-fifth Bishop of Rome: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Second Letter to Timothy, chapter two, verses eight thru fifteen;
Psalm Twenty-five, verses four, five(a,b), eight thru ten, & fourteen;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter twelve, verses twenty-eight thru thirty-four;

or, for Ss. Marcellinus & Peter:
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter six, verses four thru ten;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-four, verse seven;
The Gospel according to John, chapter seventeen, verses eleven(b) thru nineteen.

Personal Reading
The Letter of Jude (verses one thru twenty-five);
Introduction to the Letter of Jude.

Commentary: As a reminder, the Letter of Jude is so brief that it is not divided into chapters, simply verses. Also, yes, as I learned later in Numbers, Balaam proved himself a villain who well earned his ignominy in the New Testament, as here in verse 11.

Address & Greeting (1-2), Occasion for Writing (3-4), the False Teachers (5-16), Exhortations (17-23), & Doxology (24-25).

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