Feria Tertia Paschatis, Tuesday within the Easter Octave...
A beautiful morning here in Eugene; I had figured that since it has been lovely weather in Portland it was probably grey and damp down here but my pessimism was misplaced. The Mass today is Aqua sapiéntiæ potávit eos, allelúia (Introibo). I had understood that Saint-Eugène would be streaming it but perhaps I misunderstood, as happens with some frequency. Am not quite ready to plunge back into the world of the Novus Ordo, the Pauline Rite, so perhaps Mass at Saint Mary's tomorrow. Breakfast finished, it is time for tea. I spent the first part of the morning, after the Office, do laundry and cleaning. My housemates are not as... observant as I should like; specially noticeable after six days in a house that is kept in immaculately good order.
Am only now (Mass is being streamed, from 1000, and of course I forgot to check until about half past) learning (Le Salon Beige and Riposte Catholique) that the Parisian press has made a scandal out of the Paschal Vigil on Saturday at Saint-Eugène-- people too close together, not enough masks, the clerics were not wearing masks etc etc. My friend in DC pointed out yesterday that Saint-Eugène had made the video of Saturday's Vigil Mass private and wondered what was up.
I noticed in Portland that while individuals ignored the masking regime, the stores continue to be quite strict about it. Very few people at Saint Stephen's wore the mask although a placard to the effect that everyone should! was put up before the Vigil on Saturday. Certainly no one was yesterday (there were five of us, including the priests): and this is what happens rather broadly in the communities of the Traditional Rite, so far as I've been able to tell.
What is really galling is the Catholics who have joined in the self-righteous media horror at Saint-Eugène's affront to the regime of the plague-nonsense. Tsk. From M. Janva's post at Le Salon Beige. (Someone-- the brother of one of the newly baptised, evidently-- gave Le Parisien some video of the Vigil Mass.)
... Or, la vidéo est celle mise en ligne par la paroisse elle-même! Elle montre clairement ce qui en est. Si ces gestes du baptême, des processions, de la communion, sont sanitairement répréhensibles, c’est le culte chrétien qui est sanitairement condamnable.
But the parish itself has put the video of the Mass online! It clearly shows what was done. If these gestures of baptism, of processions, of Holy Communion, are reprehensible to the sanitary regime of the plaguers, it's because from their point of view Christian worship itself is condemnable.
Post Vesperas. The administration of the Oregon Bach Festival has made the decision to present all of the Festival's concerts and recitals online and free of charge. The Dunedin Consort, the Emerson String Quartet, Lawrence Brownlee; unfortunately, I know nothing of Lara Downes and Matt Haimovitz. But there's plenty of time between now and then. I have to say that it is distasteful, clicking on OBF links and being taken to the UO calendar, tsk. Not one more cent.
It is also the feast of Saint Peter (12th century), of Saint Galla (6th century), and of the Blessed Notker (10th century).
V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.
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