Summer has again given way to the importunities of Autumn...

And while I have been noticing yellows and oranges in the leaves for weeks, in early August I thought this was due to the dearth of water; I suspect now that the trees are responding to the advances of Autumn. Today is the feast of the confessor Saint Stephen King of Hungary (Introibo, CE, Wiki). 'In Hungary his chief festival is observed on 20 August, the day on which his relics were transferred to Buda. His incorrupt right hand is treasured as the most sacred relic in Hungary'-- the Hungarian ambassador to the Holy See was going on (on Twitter) about this national holiday on the 19th and 20th of last month, indeed. The Mass is Os iusti meditabitur iustitiam. I believe Beethoven is called for this morning.

Prime is next.

Ante Tertiam. Have been listening to Charpentier's Le reniement de Saint Pierre H 424 (and then to Méditations pour le Carême H 380-389 since it is on the same album by William Christie's Les Arts Florissants). I don't want to think about how long it took me to realise that Les Arts Florissants took their name from Charpentier's H 487, ahem.

An essay about Tradition caught my eye yesterday at Rorate Caeli. Translated (for Rorate Caeli, not by me!) from Caminante Wanderer in Spain; the emphasis is mine.

... What can be observed is that a kind of reduction of Tradition to the Magisterium has been slowly taking place since the beginning of the second millennium and more rapidly in the last few centuries. There was a transition from conceiving Tradition as the content of the Apostolic Deposit to conceiving Tradition from the vantage of the transmitting organ, considered as residing in the Church’s Magisterium. The next step was to speak, probably beginning in the nineteenth century, of Tradition and Scripture as “remote rules” of faith, while the Magisterium would be the “proximate rule.” Theologians of the early twentieth century already speak of the Magisterium as having a formal function in relation to the objective deposit. Finally, the notion of remote rule is criticized, and the conclusion is reached of attributing the quality of rule of faith exclusively to the “living Magisterium.” With this process, the Magisterium has been introduced into the very definition of Tradition. To put it in an exaggerated way, Catholics today believe in Tradition because the Magisterium commands it. And for this reason, the faithful today wait for the Pope to pronounce on this or that matter, in order to know what to believe. And they obey slavishly in absolutely everything that the pope of the day comes up with, even his gestures or personal tastes....

Post Sextam. Why have I never heard Nikolai Tcherepnin's prelude to La princesse lointoine? It is a play by Edmond Rostand, evidently.

It is also the feast of Saint Lanfrancus (5th century), of Saint Elpidius (4th century), and of Saint Siagrius (7th century).

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