Monday, September 26, 2011

Ibreviary Returns and Movie Martyr Mnemonics

And once more comes to my rescue by reminding me that it's the feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, whose names, I'm afraid, always put me in mind of these two movie characters. (Cosmo from Singing in the Rain and Damien from The Omen.) I don't always check my calendar to see what feast day it is, so many a good feast comes and goes while I remain stuck in the current weekday. Ibreviary does my thinking for me in this regard.

Still, digital prayerbooks have their limitations, as we saw this weekend. I'm glad I had my real breviary for backup.

Update!  Since writing this post, a commentor Seraphintor mentioned a beautiful and famous mosaic of today's Saints that appears in their basilica in Rome. To the left is a detail. 


  1. rencyI had the privilege of living 6 years at the lovely little Basilica on the Forum dedicated to Sts. Cosmas and Damian. The great mosiac is one of the oldest in Rome and very impressive. It shows Sts. Peter and Paul presenting the 2 physician- brothers to Christ as the fruit of their preaching to the Gentiles. It is one of the favorite places for weddings in Rome.

  2. I missed that one during my one and only trip to Rome in 2002. But I googled the mosaic and it is beautiful. I think I'll try to post it.

  3. Wait! You lived AT the basilica? That must have been wonderful. Were you/are you a Franciscan?