Daily Update: Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Rogation Sunday and Joseph the Worker and 05-01 - May Day, 05-01 - International Workers Day, Jazz Fest 2016

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.

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Daily Update: Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Pius V and 04-30 - Walpurgis Night and 4-30 - Louisiana Statehood and Jazz Fest 2016 - House of Swing – Portrait of the First Family of Jazz by Paul Rogers

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.

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Daily Update: Friday, April 29th, 2016

Catherine of Siena and Arbor Day and Jazz Fest 2016 - House of Swing – Portrait of the First Family of Jazz by Paul Rogers

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).

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Daily Update: Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Louis Marie de Montfort, Peter Chanel, and Gianna Beretta Molla and Jazz Fest 2016

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.

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Daily Update: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

04-27 - Sinking of the Steamship Sultana

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.

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Daily Update: Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

04-26 - John Wilkes Booth Captured

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.)

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The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O’Brian

The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O'Brian

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.

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Daily Update: Monday, April 25th, 2016

Mark the Evangelist by Andrea Mantegna and Pedro de San Jose Betancur

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).

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Daily Update: Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Cantate Sunday and Fidelis of Sigmaringen and 04-24 - Anniversary of Meeting and Jazz Fest 2016

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.

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Daily Update: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Pesach 2 and George and Adalbert of Prague and 04-23 - World Book and Copyright Day and Jazz Fest 2016

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.

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Daily Update: Friday, April 22nd, 2016

04-22 - Earth Day and Arbor Day and Jazz Fest 2016 and Pesach

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.

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Daily Update: Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Anselm of Canterbury and Grounation Day

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Anselm, Bishop and Doctor (died 1109). Today is also Grounation Day, the second holiest date in the Rastafarian calendar (after Coronation Day on November 2nd).

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