As a public service to all Catholics interested in liturgical, sanctoral, historical, and literary events, the National Catholic Register will publish a blog post today about the significance of tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, and how to properly celebrate such a tremendous day. The post will appear here sometime during the day. I asked them to post it a day early to give readers some time to prepare!
What's so special about Saturday, March 25? We are celebrating, and should reflect on, these events:
I. The Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord
II. The feasts of St. Dismas, the Good Thief, and of St. Margaret Clitherow, English martyr
III. The landing of the Ark and the Dove in Maryland, establishing an English colony that promoted religious tolerance and freedom
IV. Tolkien Reading Day
V. The birth of Flannery O'Connor
My post offers background on each event and some suggestions for appropriate celebration: attending Mass, praying for religious freedom, reading The Lord of the Rings aloud, etc.
Regarding V., our Eighth Day Institute Sisters of Sophia met on Tuesday evening and enjoyed a great presentation on the life and work of Flannery O'Connor. In April, our heroine will be St. Mary Magdalen, my confirmation patron saint.