But I won't see out there again until after Prime; in about an hour. It is the feast of Saint Peter Damian (CE, Introibo, [it looks like someone copied too extensively from CE at Wikipedia, ahem]), and Holy Mass will be streamed from Saint-Eugène in some four and a half hours. Yesterday Fr Grodziski was without any servers at all; while I'm sure, knowing churches a bit, that there is a story, I tried not to speculate for too long. I see that the notice at St.-E. has changed from 'Mass of St Peter Damian' to 'Mass of the Feria III', which latter, with a commemoration of Saint Peter, is what is actually in the 1960-1962 Calendar: perhaps it has been decided... I do try not to waste too much time in spec.
This saintly Bishop of Ostia was a fearless and distinguished son of the Order of St Benedict, who, in the 11th century-- a very turbulent period marked by antipopes, heresies, and a lamentable relaxation of the religious spirit-- was like a column of fire guiding the faithful along the narrow path of the cross of Christ that leads in safety to heaven. He passed from this life to God on February 22, but because of the feast of the Chair of St Peter, his yearly commemoration takes place today. Leo XII ordered that his Office-- which was at first observed only by the Benedictines-- should be extended to the universal Church. The Mass is of the Common of Doctors as on January 29, but the Collect is proper to the feast and recalls the saint's renunciation of a Cardinal’s hat, and of the bishopric of Ostia. Collect: 'Grant unto us, we beseech thee, almighty God, to follow the counsels and example of blessed Peter thy confessor and bishop, that, by despising earthly things, we may attain unto everlasting joys. Through our Lord'.
It is also the feast of Saint Mildburga (8th century), of Saint Milo (11th century), and of Blessed Raffaella (19th century).
V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum.
R. Deo grátias.