The Rock of our Salvation

Today’s Word:

“Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord, let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1)


On This Date…

On October 2, 1932 Archmere played its first football game, against Saint James High School, Penns Grove, New Jersey; Archmere lost 12-0. In 1982 Archmere defeated Saint James High School 28-10 – a second-half comeback win; Dr. William Doyle was varsity coach. Saint James High School closed in June 1983.

At sundown this evening the Jewish People begin the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year 5777; the ten-day celebration will conclude on October 12th, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

With the Jewish people we say, “Come let us sing joyfully to the Lord, let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation”, today’s responsorial psalm at Mass.

– Father McLaughlin

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The Perfect Prayer

Today’s Word:

“Lord, make me a channel of your peace, where there is hatred let me bring your love.” (Prayer of St. Francis)

 


On This Date…

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Today is the Jewish Feast of Yom Kippur, ten days after Rosh Hashanah. On this day Jews repent, pray, and fast to bring about reconciliation between people, and between individuals and God. The fasting is required for all women 12 and over and all men 13 and over; the fast ends at nightfall tonight. In Israel there is no air or rail travel, no radio or television broadcast.

Today is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, who died at 7:00 PM on the evening of October 3, 1226, at age 44; on October 4, 1226, he was buried in the Church of Saint George in Assisi, Italy. Before he died he gave to each one present a piece of bread as a sign of mutual peace.

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On this day, we can pray with Saint Francis, “Lord, make me a channel of your peace, where there is hatred let me bring your love” – a perfect prayer on Yom Kippur.

– Father McLaughlin

The Days of Awe

Today’s Word:

“Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart” (Psalm 90:12)

 


On This Date..

On September 25, 1963 Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster (1936-1945), died in Wisconsin at age 67. He was ordained a priest in 1928 and arrived at Archmere on August 13, 1932, the second teacher of the new Archmere Academy, teaching English and Religion. He became headmaster on August 28, 1936; he resigned in November 1945 due to illness and returned to Wisconsin. He became a pastor and convent chaplain in Alverno, WI in 1947, serving there until his death.

On  September 25, 2014, today, the Jewish People celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Days of Awe, begun last evening by the sound of the shofar.  As The Inquirer noted yesterday, “Jews will take stock of their relationships with God and humankind, and pray for life in the new liturgical year that arrives with Yom Kippur” (October 4).

As we recall the role of Father Hurley in the first days of Archmere, we pray these words of today’s psalm at Mass: “Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart”, a perfect prayer for the Days of Awe.

 

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– Father McLaughlin