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Friday, March 25, 2016

Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home Feast Day of St. Dismas, March 26

 Or it would be if not for the fact it is the Feast of the Annunciation. Or it would be except Good Friday takes precedent over the Annunciation.

 Dismas is the penitent thief who is crucified with Christ on Golgotha. He doesn't have a name in the Catholic Bible, but he is mentioned in the apocryphal " Gospel of Nicodemus".

The Biblical apocrypha (from the Greek ἀπόκρυφος, apókruphos, meaning "hidden") denotes the collection of ancient books found, in some editions of the Bible, in a separate section between the Old and New Testaments or as an appendix after the New Testament. Although the term apocrypha had been in use since the 5th century, it was in Luther's Bible of 1534 that the Apocrypha was first published as a separate intertestamental section. To this date, the Apocrypha is "included in the  lectionaries of Anglican and Lutheran Churches." Moreover, the Revised Common Lectionary, in use by most mainline Protestants including Methodists and Moravians, lists readings from the Apocrypha in the liturgical calendar, although alternate Old Testament scripture lessons are provided.

Dismas is the patron saint of undertakers.