The Gregorian Calendar

The Gregorian Calendar

Today the Gregorian calendar was instituted by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 and was adopted by much of Christendom, and of course was ignored by the apostate countries of the Protestant revolt. This reformed calendar altered the Julian, or Old Style, a system of leap years and, by removing ten days from October 1582, adjusted the timing of the Easter observance so that it better coincided with the spring season. Many of the countries that adopted the Gregorian calendar had already recognized 1 January as the beginning of the new year. Until it adopted the reformed calendar in 1752, apostate England dated its new year at March 25, or the observance of Lady Day (the Feast of the Annunciation). As a result, many English correspondence and publications, including some in Virginia, marked those dates between January 1 and March 25, during the years 1582–1752, with two years: Old Style and New Style.  Continue reading

St. Placidus and his Companions

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St. Placidus and his Companions, Martyrs

St. Placidus, a religious of the Order of St. Benedict, was born at Rome. Tertullus, his father, was greatly esteemed in the city, not only for his ancient nobility but also for his great wisdom, which raised him to the highest offices of the state. As he was as pious as he was noble, rich and learned, he gave Placidus in charge of St. Benedict, when the child had not yet reached his seventh year. Placidus made such progress in learning and in all Christian virtues, that he served as an example even to the religious, and when further advanced in years, he desired to be admitted among the disciples of St. Benedict. Tertullus not only consented to his son’s wish, but also gave the holy Founder several estates, which lay not far from Monte Cassino, that the monastery which he had begun might be completed, and that he might have means to maintain it. Besides this, he gave him an estate in Sicily, consisting of eighteen villages, as he thought that his property could not be better used than in the maintenance of those who served God zealously, and who faithfully educated the young.  Continue reading