But there are patches of blue sky scattered about in the grey of the clouds so I expect it will be quite sunny later on.
Ant. [ad Benedictus] Ego sum panis vivus, qui de cælo descéndi: si quis manducáverit ex hoc pane, vivet in ætérnum, allelúja.
It is the Octave of the feast of Sanctissimi Corporis Christi (here and here at Introibo); the lessons at Matins are from the First Epistle of the Apostle to the Corinthians, chapter 11, from the Mystagogical Catecheses of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, and from Saint Cyril of Alexandria on the 14th chapter of the Holy Gospel according to Saint John. The feast of Saint Margaret, Queen and Widow, is commemorated (Introibo) at Mass and at Lauds and Vespers. Before the institution of tomorrow's feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus by Pius IX in 1856, the Pange lingua gloriosi would have been sung this afternoon at one final celebration of the Hour of Vespers.
Post Tertiam. There is a new work by Sir James MacMillan having its premiere, sung by The Sixteen, on ClassicFM at 1100, a setting of a text of Saint John Henry Newman (Nothing in Vain) in the context of an evening of music, meditation, and prayer at Farm Street, the Jesuit church in London. A piece by composer Will Todd will enjoy its premiere too and works of Robert Parsons, Christopher Tye, William Harris, and Fernand Laloux will feature in the concert. The program is here. The concert is available on the ClassicFM Fb page or online at their YouTube page, if I've read aright.
Ante Sextam. Raining, after all. Eh.
Ante Vesperas. The feast of the Most Sacred Heart begins with Vespers this afternoon; there is not a Vigil of the feast, it being a mid-19th century innovation.
Post Vesperas. A hint of thunderstorm is in the air but while it's possible that it rain again I very much doubt that a storm will happen. I've read a Commissario Brunetti story today (Willful Behavior) as well as re-read the third book of the Argonautika; my head for reading has had enough until tomorrow.
It is also the feast of Saint Landaricus of Paris (7th century), of Saint Oliva of Palermo (10th century), and of Saint Censurius of Auxerre (5th century).
V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.