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.
Cantate Sunday gets its name from the first word of the Introit at Mass on this day, “Cantate Domino novum canticum”, “Sing to the Lord a new song”, in the same way that Gaudete Sunday (the Third Sunday of Advent) and Laetare Sunday (the Fourth Sunday of Lent) received their names. These names, which are as old probably as the twelfth century, appear to have been in common use in the Middle Ages and to have been employed to signify the date in secular affairs as well as ecclesiastical. John of Salisbury, Bishop of Chartres (d. 1182), was one of the earliest writers to use the name of Cantate Sunday. Today’s Saint was born in 1577 at Sigmaringen, Hohenzollern, Germany as Mark Rey, a lawyer and philosophy teacher. Disgusted by the greed, corruption, and lack of interest in justice by his fellow lawyers, he abandoned the law, became a priest, became a Franciscan friar with his brother George, changed his name to Fidelis, and gave away his worldly wealth to poor people in general and poor seminarians in particular. He served his friary as guardian, and worked in epidemics, especially healing soldiers. He led a group of Capuchins to preach to Calvinists and Zwinglians in Switzerland. The success of this work and the lack of violence suffered by members of this mission were attributed to Fidelis spending his nights in prayer. He was, however, eventually martyred for his preaching in Switzerland. Today is also the anniversary of when Richard and I met each other in April, 1982. Richard’s sister Susan (now in Iowa) was holding a get-together at her house in Baton Rouge for friends and relatives in honor of the upcoming May 1982 marriage of Richard’s sister Juanita and her fiancé Bill. I was invited because I had been Nita’s friend in college between 1977 and 1980 (and did typing of her some of her college papers), and Richard was invited because he was Susan and Juanita’s sister. Richard and I talked, and agreed to meet at a concert the next day at the Memorial Oak Grove at the LSU Union for an outdoor concert. Unfortunately, this was long before cell phones, and we did not find each other at the concert. I next saw Richard at Nita and Bill’s wedding the next month, for which he was an usher; at the reception we talked, and talked, and talked, and the rest is history. (We have been married for 32 years, and Nita and Bill for 34 years.) Today is also National Tax Freedom Day, when on a national average basis Americans have worked enough to pay for their 2016 taxes. (My Two or Three Loyal Readers may go to the National Tax Freedom Day website to see when Tax Freedom Day 2016 occurs (or occurred) in their own states; it occurred in Louisiana on April 7th) And today is the Last Day of the First Weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Today’s schedule highlights Better than Ezra, Elle King, The Iguanas, Nick Jones, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but unless you clone yourself, you cannot see and hear them all, because with twelve music stages, some acts are on at the same time as other acts. The music starts at about 11:00 am each day and continues until 7:00 pm, if everything goes according to schedule.
Our #5 ranked LSU Tigers lost the second game of their three-game home Baseball series with #7 ranked Mississippi State by the score of 1 to 2.
I did my Book Devotional Reading, and posted to Facebook that today was Tax Freedom Day 2016, and posted to Facebook that today was the 34th Anniversary of when Richard and I met. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. When we clocked in at the casino, Richard was on Mini Baccarat. I was the Relief dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow, and I also broke the Macau Mini Baccarat table during my first rotation, and the second Pai Gow table during my last rotation.
On our way home we got gas for the truck. Once home I ate my lunch salad and read the Sunday papers. I then went to bed for the rest of the day, and did not do my Daily Update. Our #5 ranked LSU Tigers won the third game of their three-game home Baseball series with #7 ranked Mississippi State by the score of 11 to 8; our Tigers will next play a single away Baseball game with Tulane on Tuesday evening.
Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist (died c. 68) , and the Optional Memorial of Pedro de San José Betancur, Founder (died 1667). It is also a Major Rogation Day in the Church. On my breaks at work I will do my Daily Update for yesterday, Sunday, April 24th, 2016 via WordPress for Android, and get back to my reading. On our way home we will get my salad supplies at the store, and I will make my lunch salads for Monday and Tuesday and eat my Monday salad. And before I go to bed I will do my Daily Update.
Our Parting Quote on this Cantate Sunday (Alleluia!) afternoon comes from Roy Jenson, Canadian-born American actor. Born in 1927 in Calgary, Alberta. as a child he moved to Los Angeles, California with his family. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 during World War II and served on a destroyer in the Pacific; after the war, he graduated from UCLA in 1951. then became a professional Canadian football player for the Calgary Stampeders, the Montreal Alouettes and finally the BC Lions from 1951 through 1957. While playing professional football in Canada he was utilized as a stunt double for River of No Return (1954) starring Robert Mitchum, and moved to Hollywood thereafter to do stunt work. He eventually took on a number of bit roles. After about 1957 he concentrated on character parts in television episodes, usually in the role of “Henchman”, “Outlaw”, or “Bruiser”. In the 1968 episode “The Omega Glory” of Star Trek (arguably one of their worst episodes) he played the role of Cloud William. In 1972 he had the honor of being the first man beaten up by Caine in the television series Kung Fu. Jensen appeared in such films as The Missouri Traveler (1958), Warlock (1959), Al Capone (1959), How the West Was Won (1962), Our Man Flint (1966), Harper (1966), Waterhole #3 (1967), Big Jake (1971), The Getaway (1972), Soylent Green (1973), The Way We Were (1973), The Outfit (1973), Dillinger (1973), Chinatown (1974) (he was Roman Polanski’s henchman in the famous knife-to-the-nose scene with Jack Nicholson), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Wind And The Lion (1975), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Honkeytonk Man (1982), and Red Dawn (1984). Jensen’s last movie appearance was in The Set Up (1995), and his last television appearance was in the 1999 TV movie Hard Time, Hostage Hotel (died 2007): “I really like playing the nasty heavies. And I’ve always enjoyed working and paying the bills. But as I get older, I wouldn’t mind some roles where I can play a nice Daddy or Grandpa! After all, Hollywood is still a dream world.”
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