A beautiful Dawn and a splendid bright morning...

That looks to presage a beautiful and splendid day; it's predicted to close in on 80 degrees F. but not hit it-- a close to perfect temperature from my perspective. Today is the feast of the Dominican Pope St Pius V (Introibo, CE, Wiki); Holy Mass from Saint-Eugène will be streamed at the usual hour (and I shall do my best not to 'arrive' during the Epistle like I did yesterday).  

Occasionally, I disagree with this or that that Dr Roberto de Mattei writes (he isn't infallible, after all; of course one could look at it from his point of view and suggest also that nor am I, ha) but this brief essay on Saint Pius V's feast day is good, and am happy to see that de Mattei is writing a book about the holy Pontiff.

Pius V was not a “political” Pope. Instead, he lived his lofty mission in a supernatural manner, with his gaze fixed solely on the glory of God and the good of souls. Dom Guéranger, in his work The Liturgical Year, states that “The entire life of Pius V was a battle.” Michele Ghislieri was a resolute and combative Pontiff, who even personally concerned himself with military matters, but the secret of his battle and his victories lay in the spiritual weapons he used, beginning with the Holy Rosary.


Time for Terce and then Apollonius until Mass. Well, this turned out to be 'Peter Green's introductory matter etc to his Iliad', not Apollonius. I can't keep up with everything I want to be reading. 

Post Nonam. The Mass, Si diligis me, was sung this morning, a welcome surprise; if I had to take a guess, I'd say that it was the Fraternity of Saint Peter schola singing, rather than the Schola Sainte-Cécile, but I will emphasize the 'if I had to' and the 'guess'. A lovely motet at the Offertory the composer of which I believe I ought to have recognized but didn't, alas. 

It is also the feast of Saint Tosca (8th century), of Saint Maximus (4th century), and of Saint Lando (3rd century). 

V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.