Daily Update: Friday, October 7th, 2016

Our Lady of the Rosary

Today is the First Friday of the month, dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The First Friday of each month is dedicated to devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The rosary has been in use in its present form since at least the early 13th century. According to Dominican tradition, in 1214 Saint Dominic was in Prouille, France attempting to convert the Albigensians back to the Catholic faith. The young priest had little success until one day he received a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who gave him the Rosary as a tool against heretics. While Mary’s giving the rosary to St. Dominic is generally acknowledged as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic, including the 15th century priest and teacher, Alanus de Rupe. In 1571 Pope Pius V instituted Our Lady of Victory as an annual feast to commemorate the victory of Lepanto over the Ottoman Navy; the victory was attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as a rosary procession had been offered on that day in St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the success of the mission of the Holy League to hold back Muslim forces from overrunning Western Europe. In 1573 Pope Gregory XIII changed the title of this memorial to the Feast of the Holy Rosary. Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Paris is an historic Marian shrine and place of pilgrimage. Augustinian friars built it in 1629 with financial assistance from Louis XIII, who named the church Notre-Dame des Victoires in gratitude for the victory of French forces over the Huguenots at the Siege of La Rochelle (1627-1628). The Feast of the Holy Rosary was extended by Pope Clement XII to the whole of the Latin Rite, inserting it into the Roman Catholic calendar of saints in 1716, and assigning it to the first Sunday in October. Pope Pius X changed the date to October 7th in 1913, as part of his effort to restore celebration of the liturgy of the Sundays. On October 13th, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima told the shepherd children, “I am the Lady of the Rosary”. In 1969 Pope Paul VI changed the name of the feast to Our Lady of the Rosary.  Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica is located in Lackawanna, New York. Our Lady of Victory is the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Victoria, Texas. The Church of Our Lady of Victory, also known as the War Memorial Church, in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City was dedicated to Our Lady of Victory by Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York and Apostolic Vicar for the U.S. Armed Forces on June 23rd, 1947. Under her title as Our Lady of the Rosary, the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Patron of the Rosary, of the diocese of Malaga, Spain (which, however celebrates her patronage on September 8), the Spanish cities of Melilla and Trujillo, and the States of North Carolina and West Virginia.

I did my Book Devotional Reading upon waking up for work this morning, and brought my red dealer shirt with me to work; on our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading. Once at work I found that my friend Deborah had put the LSU Bracelet she had made for me in my locker. Once we clocked in, Richard was on Mini Baccarat. I began my shift on a Blackjack table, was moved to the second Pai Gow table, closed that table, then became the Relief Dealer for Mini Baccarat and Pai Gow. I got a new Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbon (the old one had gone through the washer on my red shirt, which was why I needed a new red shirt) and got a Work Order from the Shift Office so that I could exchange my red dealer shirt. After discussion with Deborah (who was the Relief Floor Supervisor in the Mini Baccarat / Pai Gow pit), I ordered two copies of Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? by Ethan Brown from Amazon; one will be for me, and one will be for her in payment for the bracelets she has made for me lately.

After work Richard talked to Matthew, who invited us to come over to Callie’s mom’s house for gumbo for lunch. We went to Uniforms, where I exchanged my red dealer shirt and picked up Richard’s pants, then we headed home. We checked on the cats, then went to eat gumbo and potato salad, which was very good. We then left, and went over to Lele’s to visit for a bit. We got home at 2:30 pm, and I read the the morning paper. The kids came by with the baby at about 3:15 pm, and visited for a bit; we locked Bobby Brown in the back part of the house to let Maxwell and Archie out of the guest room. My son then wanted to bring out Bobby Brown to meet the cats again, against our advice; and the response was just like yesterday, so we locked up Bobby Brown again in the back part of the house. We then put their cats back in the guest room, and Matthew and Callie and the baby left to go to the local Catholic school’s homecoming parade with the baby. I got on the computer to finish today’s Daily Update; when I finish, I will go watch Jeopardy!, then get ready to go to bed. My daughter, Derek, Lazo, and Matthew and Callie will be here later tonight to cook and visit with each other, and we will probably see them when we leave for work tomorrow at 1:15 am.

We have no Saints to honor tomorrow, but tomorrow is the anniversary of the great Peshtigo Fire in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, in 1871 (overshadowed by the fire in Chicago, Illinois, on the same date). Tomorrow is also the anniversary of the death of Richard’s sister Catherine (aka Pookie) in 2006. We will work our eight hours at the casino tomorrow, and I will start reading A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, which I did not start reading today. After lunch I will head over to the Adoration Chapel to do my Weekly Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. There is no LSU game tomorrow, so what I will do in the afternoon depends on Matthew and Callie. And the First Quarter Moon will arrive at 11:35 pm, or about half an hour before I wake up for work.

Our Parting Quote on this First Friday afternoon comes to us from Irving Penn, American photographer. Born in 1917 in Plainfield, New Jersey, he was the older brother of movie director Arthur Penn (and no relation to the acting Penn family). He originally intended to become a painter and studied design under Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now the University of the Arts) from 1934 to 1938. Penn was then hired by Harper’s Bazaar as an assistant illustrator. He quickly moved up to advertising director at Saks Fifth Avenue where he worked for a short time during 1940 and 1941. He moved to Mexico for a year at that point to work on his painting; when he returned he accepted a position with Vogue to draw illustrations for the cover but moved on to photograph cover images instead. Penn worked with Vogue art director Alexander Liberman and photographed his first cover image for the October 1943 issue. As was the style of many photographers in the Vogue/Harper’s Bazaar arena, Penn preferred the studio to less-controlled situations. Even when he worked with such diverse subjects as the Hell’s Angels and New Guinea tribesmen later in his career, Penn used portable studios to retain the austere studio feel of his images. He married fashion model Lisa Fonssagrives in 1950; he had met her at a photo shoot in 1947, and she became a model in much of his photographic work. In 1953 he began his own commercial photography studio and enjoyed a very high-profile career in advertising and fashion photography. He was among the first photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop and used this simplicity more effectively than other photographers. Expanding his austere studio surroundings, Penn constructed a set of upright angled backdrops to form a stark, acute corner. Subjects photographed with this technique included Martha Graham, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, W. H. Auden, Igor Stravinsky and Marlene Dietrich. Penn photographed still life objects and found objects in unusual arrangements with great detail and clarity. While his prints were always clean and clear, Penn’s subjects varied widely. Many times his photographs were so ahead of their time that they only came to be appreciated as important works in the modernist canon years after their creation. For example, a series of posed nudes whose physical shapes range from thin to plump were shot in 1949 and 1950, but were not exhibited until 1980. His still life compositions were skillfully arranged assemblages of food or objects; at once spare and highly organized, the objects articulated the abstract interplay of line and volume. In 2002 fifty-three of his photographs were shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2005 the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. exhibited Irving Penn: Platinum Prints. In 2008 sixty-seven portraits were shown at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City in an exhibit entitled Close Encounters. And in 2009 the J. Paul Getty Museum exhibited the most extensive collection of Penn’s works (died 2009): “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it; it is in one word, effective.”

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