Alleluia! Today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter, known as Rogation Sunday. Today is also the Feast of Joseph the Worker, May Day, and International Worker’s Day. And today is also the final day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Pius V, Pope (died 1572). Today is the Anniversary of the Territory of Orleans becoming the State of Louisiana in 1812, and tonight is Walpurgisnacht (which has nothing to do with Pius V, or with the State of Louisiana). Today is also the third day of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin (died 1380). Today is National Arbor Day, and the second day of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. And today is the birthday of Richard’s sister Susan in Iowa (1946).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort, Priest (died 1716), the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (died 1841), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, Wife and Mother (died 1962). Today is also the first day of the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
We have no Saints to honor today. On this date in 1865 the steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700 people.
With no Saints to honor today, we note that on this date in 1865 John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was shot and fatally wounded by his pursuers. (Several writers have pursued the theory that Booth was not the man killed, and actually escaped to live either in Texas or Japan; but it has been fairly well established it was Booth who was shot on this date, and that he was really most sincerely dead.)
This is the eighteenth book (two more to go) in the historical series of novels about the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, featuring Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin. I first read this book in August 2001, and again in February 2007; I am thoroughly enjoying my re-reading of the series once again, and regret the nearness of the last book in the series.
Today is the Feast Saint Mark, Evangelist (died c. 68) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Pedro de San José Betancur, Founder (died 1667). As today is the 25th of April, this date is a Major Rogation Day in the Church, unless this date is Easter (in which case the Major Rogation Day is transferred to April 27th).
Alleluia! Today is the Fifth Sunday of Easter, known as Cantate Sunday. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr (died 1622). And today is the 34th anniversary of the Saturday in April 1982 when Richard and I met for the first time, and National Tax Freedom Day 2016. Finally, today is the third day of the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, known far and wide as Jazz Fest.
The great Jewish feast of Pesach (or Passover) continues, which started last evening at sundown. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint George, Martyr (died about 304) and the Optional Memorial of Saint Adalbert of Prague, Bishop and Martyr (died 997). Today is also World Book and Copyright Day. And we note that today is the Second Day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Finally, since February 23rd was a day on which it thundered, today should have been cooler than usual.
With no Saints to honor, today is the Lyrid Meteor Shower, Earth Day, and the first day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Today is also the birthday of my brother Michael in Seattle (1955). And at sunset today begins the great Jewish feast of Pesach, commemorating the Hebrews’ escape from enslavement in Egypt.