Following a huge downpour at 0300 or so that had, though, petered out by... well, by the time I had gotten to the lessons of Matins. The weather mages have issued a 'winter weather advisory'-- 'it might be icy and it might snow and then again it might not'-- which is evidently less ominous that a 'watch', although the 'watch' earlier in the week meant the same thing.
Holy Mass is not streamed from Saint-Eugène this morning so I will read my usual missa sicca instead i.e. this just means that one reads, prays those parts of the Mass that are susceptible to this: the Ordinary and the proper, the lessons, and those prayers that are capable of being divorced from the sacrificial actio of the priest. I say the Aufer a nobis before the Introit, e.g., but not the Oramus te Domine; the Deus qui humanae substantiae but not the other prayers at the Offertory; the Preface and Pater noster but nothing of the Canon nor of the succeeding prayers, although I do the Domine, non sum dignus, Agnus Dei, the Last Gospel and the Leonine Prayers. I don't actually remember what specifically the Carthusians include and don't include in their devotional missa sicca; I suspect I say rather more than is provided in their breviaries but maybe not (the Last Gospel and Leonine Prayers aren't in their Rite). For example, my recollection is that there is a lesson and Gospel provided in the books.
Now find myself hesitating to buy Fischer's complete Haydn symphonies for $56 because of one review at Amazon in which the author goes on about audible 'breathing'.
Militia est vita hominis super terram; et sicut dies mercenarii, dies ejus, the life of man upon earth is a warfare, and his days are like the days of a hireling. These words from the mouth of the holy man Job (Job VII,1) take on a new significance at the beginning of great and holy Lent, which is par excellence the time of spiritual combat....
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