On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew the Evangelist and the birthday of Girolamo Savonarola, Renaissance friar, and preacher, who declared Florence "the New Jerusalem." The reading is "The Carpenter's Son" by A.E. Housman.
On this day, we remember two 19th century bishops: Philander Chase, founder of Kenyon College in Ohio, and John Coleridge Patteson, missionary to Melanesia. The reading is "The Carillon" by Ida Gerhardt.
We remember the birthday of Scottsman William Robertson, born 1721. Today is the feast day of Januarius, also known as San Gennaro. The reading is an excerpt from "The Everlasting Gospel" by Horatius Bonar.
On this day, we remember the 310th birthday of Samuel Johnson, known by his friends as Dr. Johnson. We also remember poet and preacher, George MacDonald, who died on this day in 1905. The reading is from George Macdonald, "The…