All times Eastern

SUNDAY 1:30 p.m.

The America’s Horse             Championships

NBC Tim Ryan, Robbie Boyce and Donna Brothers are the commentators at this Oklahoma City competition featuring top riders on American Quarter Horses. In the cutting event, a horse must keep a single cow away from the herd. In the reining event, the horses display their athletic ability in “sliding stops, fast circles and precise spins.”

SUNDAY 8 p.m.

Nature: Chasing Big Cats

PBS Owen Newman and Amanda Barrett recount their 14 years of observing lions, cheetahs, leopards, caracals and servals in Africa.

MONDAY 9 p.m.

Engineering an Empire:              Da Vinci’s World

History Channel City-states and small republics began to arise in Italy in the 11th century. By the 15th and 16th centuries, now flourishing, they subsidized timeless works of art and architecture created by master artists and military and civil engineers. Advisory: TV-PG.

MONDAY 11 p.m.

Modern Marvels:                       Cities of the Underworld

History Channel Residents and visitors in Istanbul, the former Constantinople, tread every day over now-sunken historic sites of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, including a Roman hippodrome, Constantine’s lost Great Palace, a Byzantine dungeon and Ottoman-era tunnels and cisterns. Advisory: TV-PG.

WEDNESDAY 8 p.m.

EWTN Live

EWTN “If I had an army reciting the Rosary, I would convert the world,” said Pope Pius XI. Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa’s guest, Sister M. Jessica Swedzinski, describes the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign of family Rosaries, founded by Joao Pozzobon (1904-1985) in Brazil.

THURSDAY 8 p.m.

Life on the Rock

EWTN “The Power of Grace in Arts and Theater” is the topic of guest Jeremy Stanbary, 27, actor, playwright and founder of Epiphany Studio Productions. He performs one-man plays about young future pope Karol Wojtyla and the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano.

FRIDAY 8:30 a.m.

Simply Quilts

Home & Garden A beautiful and fulfilling way to express love of country is to quilt an American Flag for patriotic display. Quilting teacher Gloria Smith shows how. This episode also includes a segment on 19th-century quilts in Hawaii.

SATURDAY 1:30 p.m.

The Martyrs:                             They Died for Christ

EWTN This episode, “Martyrs of Ireland, I,” pays much-deserved tribute to the many Irish clergy and laity who have kept the faith and have paid the price for it through the centuries, under diabolical persecution scarcely rivaled anywhere in the world.

Dan Engler writes from
Santa Barbara, California.