And I was a bit late getting out of the house for my morning walk. Let us see what the day does bring. It is the second day within the Octave of Our Lord's Ascension (Introibo; the Mass Viri Galilaei) but, in the calendars after the pontifical messing about in 1955, when the Octave was suppressed, it remains the Friday after Ascension with the Mass Viri Galilaei. The feast of the martyr Saint Boniface is commemorated at Holy Mass. Saint-Eugène is streaming the Mass in three hours or so, at the usual hour of 1000.
Today marks the beginning of the supplicatio novemdialis ante Pentecosten, the 'nine days of prayer before Pentecost' i.e. the 'novena' before the great feast-- this is the only 'novena' marked in the Roman Calendar and the origin, I suppose, of the devotional practice of 'making novenas'. While I can see the usefulness of 'em, am not myself a sedulous practitioner of the form. The liturgical seasons of preparation-- Advent and Lent-- and the sacred vigilia are enough for me.
... (T)hey thought (and said out loud) that the Church was overloaded with excess baggage, myth, superstition, and nonsense. With him, they voted on all the important reforms of Vatican II, most of which tended to make the Church less Roman-- and more Catholic...
V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.