DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     February 8, 1999     vol. 10, no. 26

DAILY LITURGY

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Monday, February 8, 1999

    Monday February 8:
    Fifth Monday in Ordinary Time
    Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest, Religious Founder

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      First Reading: Genesis 1: 1-19
      Psalms: Psalm 104: 1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 31, 35
      Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 53-56

Feast of Saint Jerome Emiliani, Priest and Religious Founder

          Known as the patron saint of orphans and abandoned infants, Saint Jerome Emiliani founded the Company of Servants of the Poor which was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540. Born in 1486 in Venice, Italy he was raised in a noble family and joined the military to fight against Maximilian I. Captured and imprisoned, he asked the Blessed Mother for help and made a vow to dedicate his life to God. Our Lady interceded, freeing him and, true to his word, Jerome plunged into taking care of the sick during the plague and gathering orphans. It was in Somasca, Bergamo where he founded his congregation of clerks regular. It was there in 1537 where he contracted the deadly plague and died with his orphans at his bedside. His feast is celebrated on February 8 as pronounced by Pope Benedict XVI who canonized Jerome in 1867.

Tuesday, February 9, 1999

      First Reading: Genesis 1: 20-31; 2: 1-4
      Psalms: Psalm 8: 2, 4-9
      Gospel Reading: Mark 7: 1-13

February 8, 1999       volume 10, no. 26
LITURGY

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