May is commonly called the 'month of Mary'...

And June the 'month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus'-- a friend asks, what are August and September? He thinks that October is the 'month of the Holy Rosary'. I don't know these things; what about January, February and all the others, I wonder. July is 'of the Precious Blood'. These are pious devotional exercises, not impositions of ecclesiastical authority, I think-- but 'recognized by', in the sense that one or another popes have e.g. issued apostolic letters about devotion to Our Lady in May, I think, alluding therein to the fact that it is commonly called the month of Mary, is right. I will leave it to him to do the research.

Which he did, or at least he found this, infra. I myself don't pay any attention to this 'month of...' devotion, apart from being more careful about saying the Rosary in May and October. 



It is the 13th Sunday post Pentecosten. The Mass at Saint-Eugène earlier was a beautiful celebration as is usual; I was late, tsk, due to having dozed after the alarm went off. 



Time for Terce, breakfast, and Vespers from Saint-Eugène.

Am awaiting Arte's processing of a concert by Camerata Salzburg featuring the clarinetist Daniel Ottensamer (principal at the Berlin Vienna Philharmonic)*: Strauss, Pärt, and Mozart (his Concerto for clarinet and orchestra in A major K 622). Have given Martin Grubinger's 'multi-percussion' concert on the other day (Rihm, Xenakis, Steve Reich) a trial while waiting. Not sure who I'm listening to but at this point, anyway, it sounds just like occasional pounding on metal accompanied by shouts, which am having a difficult time seeing the point of.   

*Maybe the Berlin Philharmonic clarinetist is his brother Andreas; am doubting my recollection now. Yes, it is Andreas; Daniel is principal clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic.


Post Sextam. The recording of Vespers from Saint-Eugène. 


The Salzburg concert with Daniel Ottensamer is finally online at Arte. I had forgotten how brief (six or seven minutes) Arvo Pärt's Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten is-- terribly beautiful but brief; Manfred Honeck and the Camerate Salzburg began with that; the Mozart is on now, and Strauss's Metamorphoses is next. 




I cannot force the asterisks to the center of the page and it is interfering with my enjoyment of Mozart's Concerto so f. it. Until later.