The Jewish pilgrimage feast of Shavuot continues, ending at sunset today. Today is the first weekday in the resumption of Ordinary Time after the Easter Season, and is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor (died 735), the Optional Memorial of Saint Gregory VII, Pope (died 1085), and the Optional Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin (died 1607). Since today is the Last Monday in May, it is also the date when (since 1971) we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. And among those who follow The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in whatever form (radio show, book, movie, what have you), today is Towel Day.
Since sundown yesterday it has been the Jewish Pilgrimage feast of Shavuot, which continues through tomorrow. In the Christian world, Alleluia! Today we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost, which ends the Easter Season, and today is the World Day of Prayer for China – Our Lady of Sheshan, Help of Christians. And since today is the day before Memorial Day, today is the running of the Indianapolis 500. Finally, today is the birthday of Chelsie, one of my daughter’s friends (1988).
We have no Saints to honor today, but at sunset today the Jewish feast of Shavuot begins.
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia, Religious (died 1457).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop (died 1861), the Optional Memorial of Saint Cristóbal Magallanes Jara, Priest and Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs (died 1927), and the Optional Memorial of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, Layman and Martyr (died 1943). It is also the birthday of my Internet friend Denise in North Carolina (1954) and of Kyran, one of the Assembled (1985).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest (died 1444).
No saints for us to honor today, but on this date in 1962, a birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy was held at Madison Square Garden, New York City, ten days in advance of his 45th birthday (his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, was not in attendance).
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint John I, Pope and Martyr (died 526).
Alleluia! Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. On this date in 1976 I graduated from Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana (Go Spartans!). And today is also the birthday of one of my co-workers at the casino, Tracey, who works on the day shift (1969).
With no Saints to honor this Saturday, we note that today is Armed Forces Day and the day on which the Preakness States is run. (Will this year give us a Triple Crown in horse racing?)
Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Isidore the Farmer (died 1130) and the Remembrance of Servant of God Edward Joseph Flanagan, Priest (died 1948). Today is also the day when one’s Louisiana Income Tax returns for 2014 are due, and today is the birthday of my Internet friend Gail (1948).