This is, for some reason lost in the past, the first...

Marian feast I paid attention to as a Catholic lo! those many years ago; I had thought that perhaps I considered whoever 'runs' the Belleville shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in terms of a possible vocation but I have no recollection at all of ever even semi-seriously considering (the Internet is a wonderful invention) the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The feast of Our Lady of the Snows (Introibo, CE, Wiki) celebrates the Dedication of the Liberian Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore, the greatest and oldest temple erected to the Mother of God in the City. In the Pauline Rite today is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary, with the legend of the miraculous snowfall (indisputably a late embellishment, ahem) suppressed. The Mass is Salve sancta Parens. The text of the Introit is lines 63 and 64 from the second book of the Carmen Paschale of Sedulius (well, Sedulius has tenet per saecula, expanded in the Introit to regit in saecula saeculorum), who flourished in the first half of the 5th century. The hymns A solis ortus cardine (in the Christmas season at Lauds) and Hostis Herodes impie (in Epiphanytide, at Vespers) are from Sedulius, too.

Salve, sancta Parens, eníxa puérpera Regem: qui cælum terrámque regit in sǽcula sæculórum. 

Ps. 44, 2.

Eructávit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego ópera mea Regi.


Post Primam. I see in the morning mail that the Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage scheduled in October is still scheduled, for now anyway, and still with Mons Cordileone's participation. Pontifical Mass at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peter's on October 30th, at 1130. We shall see. Someone on Facebook says that his source in the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest says that at least the Pontifical Mass in Saint Peter's is suppressed. Tsk. 

The Archbishop's sermon on Monday at the beginning of the annual Conference of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Joseph at Saint Stephen Church in Portland. Those beards! it is the style amongst a certain cohort of the clergy, I guess. Had to have been 90+ degrees Fahrenheit, based on my experience of Holy Week, but perhaps I exaggerate.  

It is also the feast of Saint Oswald (7th century), of Saint Nonna (4th century), and of Saint Achea (5th century).

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