Sunday, May 17, 2009

Revelation 2:11

Anyone who has spent time in a church sacristy will recognize this as a page from an "Ordo", the booklets produced annually which give the order of Mass for each day: what memorials can be celebrated, what colors worn, what readings can be used, etc.

The other thing that an Ordo does (which this picture shows) is give the necrology for the region it covers, that is, the anniversaries of death for Bishops, Priests, and Deacons of that area.

Check out this page, and you'll find that Michael V. DiGirolamo, a Deacon of the Diocese of Camden, actually died twice, on both May 11 and May 12.

Death is tough enough once, but to do it twice?


Lee Strong said...

Hmm. Fodder for a CSI or NCIS episode?

The Deacon who died two deaths.

Edward Pothier said...

The celebration of the memorial of St. Teresa of Avila on October 15th is interesting.

She died on the evening of 4-October-1582, or you might say on the night of October 4th into October 15th. The date which followed 4-October-1582 was 15-October-1582, at least in Catholic countries such as Spain.

There were 10 missing dates, as the official calendar switched from the Julian Calendar (named after Julius Caesar) to the Gregorian Calendar (named for Pope Gregory XIII). The major correction dealt with the number of leap year days – the Julian one had a leap year day every 4 years, the Gregorian one mainly does also but skips the leap year day in years divisible by 100 unless they are also divisible by 400 (2000 was a leap year, but 2100 will not be, although most of us won't notice).

{Britain and its colonies (including what became the United States) didn't switch until 1752 (so 11 dates had to be dropped) and Russia (a least civilly) did not switch until after the Revolution in the early 1900's (so 13 dates had to be dropped).}