September 18 Saints of the Day – Hilarion of Optina and John Macias

On this day in 1928, Juan de la Cierva made the first crossing of the English Channel by autogyro (which he invented). He made the return trip after he knew his mother-in-law had gone home. Hilarion of Optina (1805 – 1873) was born on Pascha night, as was our salvation. He was apparently mocked for… Continue reading September 18 Saints of the Day – Hilarion of Optina and John Macias

September 17 Saints of the Day – Agathocleia, and Hildegard of Bingen

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key finished his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” better known as “The Star-Spangled Banner.” On the bottom he scratched, “Note to self: set this to a singable tune.” <strongAgathocleia (d. ca. 230) was a slave, which is bad enough right there, but it gets worse. Her owners were… Continue reading September 17 Saints of the Day – Agathocleia, and Hildegard of Bingen

September 16 Saints of the Day – Ninian, and Edith of Wilton

On this day in 1620, the Mayflower began her voyage to North America. As the boat left the slip, the people on the pier distinctly heard a voice saying, “You should have gone before we left.” Ninian (360 – 432) was born on Albion’s fair isle (Britain), but there being a distinct lack of seminaries… Continue reading September 16 Saints of the Day – Ninian, and Edith of Wilton

September 15 Saints of the Day – Asclepiodote, Maximus, & Theodotus, and Catherine of Genoa

On this day in 1949, "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC-TV. Rossini has been rotating ever since. Unlike Theodotus, (whom we’ll get to anon), Asclepiodote and Maximus (IV cent.) were prominent citizens of Marcianopolis of Thrace (near present-day Devnya, Bulgaria) as our story opens. They were female and male, respectively (Aski is called a “womanmartyr,”… Continue reading September 15 Saints of the Day – Asclepiodote, Maximus, & Theodotus, and Catherine of Genoa

September 14 Feast of the Day – Exaltation of the Cross

On this day in 1741, George Frideric Handel completed his oratorio Messiah. Aaaaamen. Aaaaaamen. Aaaaaamen. Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Aaaaaaaamen (repeat for a total of 88 measures). The Feast of the Exaltation (Elevation) (Lifting Up) (Higherifying) of the Cross commemorates two separate events in the history of the True Cross™. The first is its finding… Continue reading September 14 Feast of the Day – Exaltation of the Cross