Daybreak for February 8, 2024

  • Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
  • Optional Memorial of St. Jerome Emiliani, 1486-1537; ill-mannered soldier of the city-state of Venice; arrested, and while in prison, learned to pray; returned to Venice, took charge of the education of his nephews, and began studying for the priesthood; after his ordination, plague and famine swept northern Italy, and Jerome cared for the sick and fed the hungry; he also founded three orphanages, a shelter for penitent prostitutes and a hospital; founded the Clerks Regular of Somasca, dedicated to the care of orphans and the education of youth; died of an illness contracted when caring for the sick
  • Office of Readings and Morning Prayer for 2/8/24
  • Gospel: Mark 6:30-34