The jays are loudly disturbed by the crow's peanut-eating...

Today is the feast of Saint Anna, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Introibo). Saint Joachim's feast was moved from March 20 (the day after the feast of Saint Joseph) to the Sunday post Octavam Assumptionis, thence to August 16 (the day after the feast) and finally to today's date, along with Saint Anna, in the Kalendar of the Pauline Rite.  The motet, Quam pulchri sunt, is by Victoria for the feast of Our Lady's Conception.

Being the excellent fellow I am, I pulled the carpet from the other room; the former tenant (who remains in a rehabilitation facility so far as I know) left it stained beyond cleaning, ahem, when he left. The landlady has been moaning about her penury without the income from a second tenant so I thought I would help move the process along. Before the temperature rises, I thought to myself. It is half past six. 

Am re-listening to (or in not a few cases, listening to) the performances of the 80+ pianists who will continue in the Chopin Competition in October; at least until I tire of it all again. But Chopin on a beautiful morning in Summer is a lovely way to continue the day. Five of the seven contestants who performed on Friday July 23 are in for October; hmm. The mysteries of juried competitions, I reckon. Prime in a few minutes. I suppose 80+ winners over 12 days yields an average of six or seven per day, more or less.

Post Primam. The Martyrology read at Prime does not yet include the martyr Father Jacques Hamel, who was murdered in odium fidei five years ago on this date. The canonization process (for which there is no earthly need, so far as I can tell: the Sovereign Pontiff might simply have declared Father Hamel a martyr five years ago, allowing his cult in France or universally) is 'well under way'. 

It is also the feast of Saint Bartholomea (19th century), of Saint Simeon (11th century), and of Saint Benignus (8th-9th century).

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