13 July: St. Silas

Now don’t get all excited, but today is the Commemoration of St. Silas.

In the Martyrologium Romanum we read

3.  Commemoratio sancti Silae, qui, ab Apostolis ad Ecclesias gentium una cum sanctis Paulo et Barnaba destinatus, praedicationis officium, gratia Dei plenus, instanter consummavit.  …  The commemoration of Saint Silas, who sent by the Apostles for the Churches of the gentiles together with Saints Paul and Barnabas, filled with the grace of God zealously fulfilled the duty of preaching.

See? It has nothing to do with Opus Dei.

Today we have an Old Testament figure as well:

2. Commemoratio sancti Esdrae, sacerdotis et scribae, qui, tempore Arataxeris regis Persarum, Babylone in Iudaeam rediens populum dispersum congregavit et omni studio enisus est, ut legem Domini investigaret, impleret et doceret in Israel.

I will let someone else try his hand at this second one!  And it is well worth it!

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  1. Mila says:

    I will try, Father Z., but a good part of it is guessing!

    The commemoration of St. Esdras, priest and scribe, who at the time of
    Artaxerxes, king of Persia, congregated and brought back from Babylon to Judea the dispersed
    people who were dispersed, and who investigated, implemented and taught Israel
    the law of the Lord.

    Am I too far off?

  2. Mila: Good attempt. I am not sure about the “the dispersed people who were dispersed”, however.

    Another thing to attend to: When the main verb is in the past (perfect, in this case, congregavit… enisus est) and there is an ut clause with the imperfect subjunctive, that imperfect subjective sounds future, rather like “in order that he would….” The imperfect as a future sound to it compared to the perfect.

    Wanna give it another try?

  3. Mila says:

    Fr. Z., sorry for the “dispersed people who were dispersed”! I don’t know what I was thinking.

    But here goes, again:
    The commemoration of St. Esdras, priesta and scribe, who at the time of Artaxerxes, king of Persia, congregated and brought back to Judea the people
    who were dispersed, so that he would investigate, implement and teach Israel the law of the Lord.

    Is that better? Mind you, my knowledge of Latin is rather limited and I don’t have a dictionary.

  4. Mila: No need to apologize! I too occasionally use rented fingers when posting things.

    Here is my version:

    The commmemoration of Saint Ezra, priest and scribe, who in the time of Artaxerxes the King of the Persians, returning from Babylon to Judea gathered together and led forth the People that had been dispersed, so that he might investigate, fulfill and teach the Law of the Lord in Israel.

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