And the quietly splendid Dawn is giving way to yet another beautiful morning. It is today the feast of the Penitent Saint Mary Magdalene (Introibo, CE, Wiki). The traditional hagiographical accounts of Saint Mary are... confused, conflating aspects of the lives of every Mary mentioned in the Gospels, ahem, apart from Our Lady. Saint Gregory the Great, in the lessons at Matins, identifies her as the sinful woman whose repentance Our Lord received and as the witness of the Resurrection who remained faithfully await at the tomb, 'the disciples going away' is disappointment. In the Pauline Rite, Saint Mary of Bethany, Saint Lazarus, and Saint Martha are celebrated now in one feast day, the 29th July, leaving Saint Mary Magdalene to today.
There is an essay at Duc in altum, introduced by Dr Valli, by Dr Massimo Voglione that seems to be worth reading-- but I'm going to wait until Dr Robert Moynihan's translation appears on his website (I've seen it this morning, via email, but will wait for the website page, which will be easier to compare with the original Italian; tomorrow, I think). Past time for Sext.
Post Completorium. I managed to replace today's, Thursday's, saints with Friday's as I was preparing for tomorrow. Tsk. Am too lazy to replace 'em at this time of night.
It is also the feast of Saint John (5th century), of Saint Brigid (14h century), and of Saint Severus (3rd century).
V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.