Beyond a simple lightening of the opaque eastern skies; it is cool and not very humid. The crows are chattering but I haven't seen any of the other wildlife yet (it is almost 0600). Pius IX established the feast of the Most Precious Blood (Introibo, CE, Wiki) in 1849 to be celebrated on the first Sunday of July. It is, however, celebrated on the Kalends since the Divino afflatu of Pius X in 1911. It is the Octave of the feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist and the third day infra Octavam Sanctorum Petri et Pauli.
The Communion antiphon of today's Mass.
Christus semel oblítus est ad multórum exhauriénda peccáta: secúndo sine peccáto apparébit exspectántibus se in salútem.
And Christ was offered once for all, to drain the cup of a world’s sins; when we see him again, sin will play its part no longer, he will be bringing salvation to those who await his coming. (Heb 9,28 in Mons Knox's version)
Time for Prime.
... So why do I resent the disappearance from the 'mainstream' Church of the Feast of the Precious Bood? Because I dislike Clericalism. Because I valued the primacy the abolished Feast had given to Hebrews, an underrated NT book. Because the abolition swept away much of the theology of Sacrifice which we inherited from the Worship in the Temple of YHWH. And because the suppressed Lauds Hymn Salvete Christi vulnera preserved a great deal of the affection that the Medieval English, clerks and peasantry together, felt for the Devotion to the Five Wounds. An affection that led to the genocide of the English South West in 1549.
Ante Vesperas. Unlike yesterday, today has remained overcast. Am noticing today, for the first time, that the green apples are falling from the tree. No idea if this the natural loosening of the stem from the branch as the apple has developed or if squirrels running along the branch have jostled the fruit loose, or the breeze. But the breeze is very small.
It is also the feast of Saints Iustinus and Attilianus (20th century), of Saint Zhang Huailu (20th century), and of Saint Regina of Denain (9th century).
V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.