Than she did yesterday. I didn't get up at 0145 so am listening to the recorded Corpus Christi Mass, Cibávit eos ex ádipe fruménti, allelúia (Introibo) at Saint-Eugène now-- we have reached the announcements and homily, ahem-- at which was commemorated the Dominica infra Octavam, the 2nd Sunday after the Pentecost Octave, the Mass Factus est Dóminus protéctor meus (Introibo). As Dr DiPippo pointed out last week, the strophe Ecce panis angelorum of the sequence Lauda Sion Salvatorem was sung three times. I'm not sure how this sequence uses Adam of Saint-Victor's Laudes crucis attolamus ("texte de saint Thomas d’Aquin composé sur la séquence Laudes Crucis d’Adam de Saint-Victor") but that's what the program says. I'm sure there are numerous academic studies, and there are some who contest Saint Thomas's authorship of some or all of the Corpus Christi Office but, eh, I don't know. A lovely improvisation on the organ before the Credo.
Fr G. did not in fact sing the proper Preface, ahem. Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe à quatre choeurs H 4 is being sung for the feast of Sainte Cécile, 20th June, and the Schola is giving 'simple versions' of the Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei a trial today and presumably next Sunday, too.
Vespers is early today, presumably because there is the Corpus Christi procession added into the mix, somehow (I mean, it is supposed to follow the Mass immediately, I thought, but, eh, one does what is necessary and it is after all certainly 'following the Mass').
Post Primam. Ha; one of the squirrels has dragged a 'dog bone', one of the 'treats' that the landlady gives to her dog (she also seems to think that red licorice is suitable), from the yard, onto the deck, and thence up to the top of the disused aquarium, where the squirrels and jays leave some of their peanuts. I noticed an unusual 'thunk, thunk'. They all know, the jays and squirrels, in their avian and rodent brains, that the dog can't really get up there, although he can push his muzzle over the edge if he gets very excited and stands with his paws against the glass-- but it's just out of his reach. The squirrel has abandoned it for the moment and is searching for peanuts. I wonder if the dog will know that his bone is missing. They already gnaw at the real bones the dog is sometimes treated to; no idea if the squirrels put him off those or not. One would imagine that the dog has to realize that something else has been at his bones; maybe not.
Post Tertiam. Vespers is being sung in the presence of the Sanctissimum exposed, requiring the ministers to stand throughout. There has been a touch of confusion, ahem.
Verbum caro, panem verum
Verbo carnem éfficit:
Fitque sanguis Christi merum,
Et si sensus déficit,
Ad firmándum cor sincérum
Sola fides súfficit
The large canopy is also being used so am presuming that the procession is going outside the church, into the parvis, outside on the street. The new camera system is not yet equipped to video record outside the church, ahem, so we are vaguely hearing the chanters and Schola and congregation singing Psalm 147 in the setting of Canon Noël Darros. And now (there seems to have been an executive decision taken to elide some of the prepared singing, ahem) a Lauda Sion Salvatorem of Ernest Mazingue, as the Sacratissimum returns to the sanctuary (M. was well-known in the 19th century as an organist and composer/arranger but there's very little online; no French Wikipedia, e.g.). Now they will proceed with Benediction. The next diffusion will be Sunday, when the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be solemnized (it being actually celebrated on Friday the 11th).
All very lovely but am ready to be done with church for the day, apart from my quiet recitation of the remaining Hours. Three Chopin recitals ahead: the regular ones from yesterday (Jakub Kuszlik) and earlier today (Paweł Zawadzki), and then there is a 'special', from Thursday (Tymoteusz Bies).
It is also the feast of Saint Norbert (12th century), of Saint Iarlath (6th century), and of Saint Gilbert (12th century).
V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.
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