Daily Update: Saturday, June 17th, 2017

06-17 - Battle of Bunker Hill

There are no Saints to honor today, but on this date in 1775 the Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the Siege of Boston early in the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, June 16th, 2017

06-16 - Bloomsday - Ulysses in O'Connell Street, Dublin

With no Saints to honor today, we note that today is Bloomsday, the celebration of the day in Dublin, Ireland in 1904 on which the events of the great novel Ulysses by Irish writer James Joyce take place. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Corpus Christi (Traditional) and Vitus

Today is the traditional date of the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), although in America the Solemnity will be celebrated this coming Sunday. And today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Vitus, Martyr (died 303). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

06-14 - Flag Day

With no Saints to honor, we will note instead that today is Flag Day in these fifty states. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Anthony of Padua

Today is the Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor (died 1231). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, June 12th, 2017

06-12 - Loving Day

We have no Saints to honor this Monday, but today is Loving Day, celebrating the date in 1967 when the Supreme Court ruling in the Case of Loving v. Virginia ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, June 11th, 2017

The Most Holy Trinity and Barnabas

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, and the Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle (died c. 61). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Ember Days and Landry and Antoni Gaudi and Belmont Stakes 2017 and Coushatta Pow Wow 2017

Today is the third of three Ember Days for this season of the year. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Landry, Bishop (died about 661) and the Remembrance of Servant of God Antoni Gaudí (died 1926). Today is also the Belmont Stakes, the third Triple Crown horse race (alas, no chance of a Triple Crown winner this year), and the second day of the two-day annual Coushatta Pow Wow. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Friday, June 9th, 2017

Ember Days and Ephrem and Coushatta Pow Wow 2017

Today is the second of three Ember Days for this season of the year. Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor (died 373). And today begins the annual two-day Coushatta Pow Wow, and it is also the birthday of Richard’s nephew Stephen, the elder of the two sons of his sister Susan in Iowa. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Médard

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Médard, Bishop (died c. 545). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Ember Days and Matt Talbot

Today is the first of three Ember Days for this season of the year, and today is the Remembrance of Venerable Matt Talbot (died 1925). Continue reading

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The Mummy: A History of the Extraordinary Practices of Ancient Egypt by E. A. Wallis Budge

The Mummy: A History of the Extraordinary Practices of Ancient Egypt by E. A. Wallis Budge

I finished reading this somewhat old-fashioned book today; but although it was written in 1894 (assuming it is the same book as The Mummy: A Handbook of Egyptian Funerary Archaeology), it must be observed that when one is talking of Ancient Egypt, not a whole lot changes from year to year. I very much enjoyed reading this very thorough book. Continue reading

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Daily Update: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Norbert

Today is the Optional Memorial of Saint Norbert, Bishop (died 1134). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Monday, June 5th, 2017

Boniface

Today is the Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr (died 754). Today is also the birthday of my Internet friend Jean in California (1968). Continue reading

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Daily Update: Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Pentecost and Day of Remembrance for Victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Alleluia! Today we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost, which ends the Easter Season. And on this first Sunday in June we have the annual Day of Remembrance for Victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as mandated by the State of Louisiana. Continue reading

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