The Moon earlier lit the dark of early morning...

Although at this point it has travelled out of my sight; Venus is doing her part now, for another twenty or thirty minutes: Dawn will relieve them both shortly. 

This is one of those days where the different liturgical calendars collide. In the 1910 calendar, it is the Vigil of Saint Lawrence, whose feast is celebrated tomorrow, the 10th Sunday after Pentecost being commemorated. In the 1939 calendar, the celebration of the Vigil was moved to yesterday, today is the Sunday is celebrated, and tomorrow is the feast of Saint Lawrence. In the 1955 calendar, yesterday was the feast of Saints Cyriacus, Largus, and Smaragdus, today is the Sunday, and tomorrow is the feast of Saint Lawrence, the saints' feast and the Sunday taking precedence before the Vigil (meaning that this year it was not observed)-- but I might be wrong about that parenthetical: I don't know, perhaps the Vigil was suppressed even in 1955. It was simply not observed this year because the Sunday took precedence. In the 1960 calendar (i.e. the Paul VI-, post-Second Vatican Council-reformed, the 'Novus Ordo', calendar), yesterday was the feast of Saint Jean-Marie Vianney, today is the Sunday, and tomorrow is the feast of Saint Lawrence, with the Vigil having been suppressed. 




An interesting brief composition ('Night Music') for trumpet and amplified acoustic guitar by an English gentleman named Steven Watson, with whom I have corresponded on a few occasions (chiefly about Sir James MacMillan's music) and who is a long-standing, perceptive commenter at The Music Salon: Dr Townsend has written a post featuring Steven's piece



Cakes in the oven, tsk. For five minutes too long, eh. Still, they will be eaten.  

The Blogger people, fussing with the interface, have done something to the text display so that if one isn't paying attention the first word of each paragraph is indented, tsk. Am going to experiment with eliminating most of the space between paragraphs and sections etc-- my sense of what is fitting is perhaps rather off. It gets tricky when one embeds a video because often doing that will reduce the text size and therefore the width of the space following. Eh.