Tag Archive | Tolkien

November 25 Saint of the Day – Peter of Alexandria

On this day in 1949, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” first appeared on the music charts. Proto-payola, or simply bad taste? Pope and Patriarch Peter of Alexandria (d. 311) may have been brought up by his teacher, mentor, and predecessor Theonas. We do know that he (Peter) ran the Catechetical School of Alexandria (mascot: the Fighting […]

August 27 Saints of the Day – Poemen the Great and Monica

On this day in 1859, petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania, leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well. Whatever Texans may try to tell you. Poemen the Great (ca. 340 –ca. 450) went to the monastic center of Scetis in the Egyptian desert to become a monk. It worked. He was very strict […]

August 17 Saints of the Day – Myron, Mamas, and Carloman

On this day in 2008, American swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games. Sadly, he did not finish his last race, as the collected weight of the medals dragged him to the bottom of the pool. Myron of Cyzicus (c. 250) was a priest in Achaia. […]

July 6 Saints of the Day – Sexburga of Ely, and Godelieve

On this date in 1785, the dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States. Other units considered were the galleon, the Green Stamp, and the Coke can pop-top. Sexburga of Ely (d. 699) came from one of those families that makes yours seem like a den of iniquity. She had three […]

March 25 – The Annunciation

On this day in 421, at 12:00 noon local time, Venice was founded. As was the field of hydraulic engineering. HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is the Feast of the Annunciation, which as the date of the Incarnation of Christ was New Year’s Day in Christendom for hundreds of years, until the Gregorian Calendar moved it […]