The rain finally came in the early hours of the morning...

And continues to fall, after Prime. Haven't gone out for my walk because it's too wet but the weather mages tell me that it will stop by 0645 so will venture out in an hour or so. Today is the feast of the Apostles Philip and James in the Traditional Rite (Introibo) and of Saint Joseph the Carpenter in the Pauline Rite ('San Giuseppe Communista'-- it is a sardonic joke: nobody thinks Paul VI was a communist* etc etc)-- tsk, I am mistaken: in the 1960 Calendar, too, in the 1962 Missale Romanum, representing what is called the 'Extraordinary Form'. I will check again later but I think that Saint-Eugène is not streaming Holy Mass today although it is the First Saturday of the month; hmm. Perhaps those who pay attention to the First Fridays and First Saturdays only count the Saturday when the Friday has occurred. 

The Introit Clamaverunt ad te, Domine of today's Mass shows up at the Cantus Index as Exclamaverunt... and that is the only video recording at YouTube. Such differences have generally to do with the presence of verses of the Vetus Latina (in one of its forms) in the texts of the Psalms. I believe I can take my walk now.

Maybe, the Pope's motu proprio the other day isn't all change for the better, suggests Andrea Gagliarducci. I stopped reading the vaticanisti months ago but it's a good thing not to be an absolutist about such things, I reckon.

When I left the house to take the morning walk, almost immediately after alighting from the concrete landing that's at the front door I heard a crunching noise; had managed to smash three snails with the one step. The rain, after such a long absence, must have... why the snails should be out en masse after hours of rain I have no idea-- my head either does not work efficiently or else is burdened by a profusion of useless imaginations and idle speculations. 

The Holy See has added seven invocations to the Litany of Saint Joseph (here and here). Custos Redemptoris (John Paul II), Serve Christi (Paul VI), Minister Salutis (Saint John Chrysostom), and then four from the writing of the reigning Pontiff: Fulcimen in difficultatibus, Patrone exsulumPatrone afflictorum, and Patrone pauperum. Fulcimen is 'stay, support, prop' and so one who sustains, supports... or 'accompanies'. This was presumably done at the initiative of the Sovereign Pontiff himself (who is known to cherish a particular devotion to Saint Joseph) since, absent a cardinal prefect in office, one would not expect the Congregation to rouse itself to such an act. Sancte Ioseph, ora pro nobis. Terror daemonum, ora pro nobis. Protector Sanctae Ecclesiae, ora pro nobis.

Post Nonam. Jason is about to try talking Aietes out of the Fleece and am taking a break from Apollonius. Have found four operas based in one way or another on the Argonautika, two of which one can listen to. Pascal Collasse's Jason, ou La Toison d'Or, that had its premiere in January 1696, has evidently not been performed within living memory. There is also a Jason by a composer named Johann Sigismund Kusser, Cousser, from 1697 in Brunswick or Hamburg, depending where one reads. Both of these gentlemen have other works available on Spotify and YouTube. And it seems to me that there are other musical treatments of the Argonautika in one form or another that I've seen reference to but I cannot bring any of them to mind or find the titles online, so this is perhaps my imagination. Italian operas by the likes of... ha; I cannot think of their names.

Francesco Cavalli's Giasone premiered at Venice in 1649, and Johann Christoph Vogel's La Toison d'Or was given 12 times at the Opéra de Paris, premiering in 1786; it seems to have been doomed from the start. Still, it, along with the Cavalli, is at Spotify. Am rather over the 'Nauts for the time being.

 It is also the feast of Saint Torquatus (4th century), of Saint Ust (5th century), of Saint Asaph (7th century) and of the Holy Prophet Jeremias (6th century BC).

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