Lovely pink and mauve and rose and red sky...

In the East this morning. It's the feast of Saint Catherine Labouré, to whom Our Lady Immaculate gave the image of the Miraculous Medal, celebrated yesterday; unfortunately I missed the Mass which was celebrated at 0200 my time. Am late to Prime.


Post Tertiam. Am breakfasting. Klassikaraadio is streaming a performance of Antonio Caldara's Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo from 1996; the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis led by René Jacobs. Then the Berlin Philharmonic at 1000 is performing Jacques Ibert's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Busoni's Divertimento in B flat major op 52 (Emmanuel Pahud is the soloist), and then Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique op 14. I may give the Berlioz a miss since I seem to have heard that two or three times within memory. 

The Konzerthaus-Orchester Berlin is performing Schubert's Symphony in C major D 944 at 2000 their time, livestreamed on RBB Kultur, which is... 1100 here. Hmm; may listen to the Caldara and then the Schubert. I think this afternoon is dedicated to a re-listen of Handel's Ariodante from the Royal Opera; as I recall I can do this as I like until the 3rd.

Haven't even looked at the front pages of the Times or the Guardian this morning. Had been very much anticipating the delights of media hysterics following a Trump victory on Election Day and in my disappointment I seem to have dropped them, and Althouse, too. Sooner or later they will resurface in my morning routine.

On Wednesday, December 2, the Bavarian state broadcaster BR-Klassik is featuring a 'musical biography' (there is a series, evidently) of Franz Schubert, with Benjamin Appl and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Livestreamed, radio and video. Am looking forward to it! 2030 there is 1130 here, I think.


Saint-Eugène has finished First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent-- which I missed entirely, only catching the last of the post-Benediction prayers, although I'm not the only one to plead ignorance of the fact that they were going to sing this Hour of the Office. I hope they are able to continue in future with this practice. As with Second Vespers on Sundays-- at 0845 here!--  I count it an additional prayer of devotion not at all replacing my own recitation of the Hour at the appropriate time. 

I think I'll take a brief nap before Ariodante.


The Bishops of France, individual bishops, the religious institutes attached to the Traditional Rite (FSSP, ICRSP, IBP, Opus Sacerdotale, FSVF and presumably also the FSSPX), the Abbots of Solesmes, Fontgombault, Les Barroux, Triors, Randol, Donezan, and Wisques, as well as Notre-Dame de Chrétienté, AGRIF, Le Salon Beige, Civitas, l'Homme nouveau, and Renaissance catholique, were at the Conseil d'Etat this afternoon pleading their case (well, their lawyers were) against the thirty-persons-per-Mass limit that the French government has introduced. The judge will deliver the verdict this evening or tomorrow. It is time to pray! 

The thread of 'live-tweets' written by the Pour la Messe association's writer at the hearing is here. I myself think it is very telling that the government's lawyer had no coherent response to the question, 'why 30 persons?'.