In the sense that we're meant to have a run of mornings in the teens within the next couple of days (Spring requires a certain warmth, after all)-- but otherwise, more daffodils, more flowers, more green on trees, rain showers brief and giving way to sunny skies, and so forth. Today is Sexagesima and still they are having troubles with their streaming at Saint-Eugène, tsk. It has occurred to me (it didn't, on Septuagesima last week, tsk) to play last year's video recording, which I'll do post Primas.
I note at today's page at Liturgia, the Schola's website, that we are missing, inter alia, Notker the Stammerer's responsorium for Septuagesimatide Media vita in morte sumus at the Offertory and at the Communion a piece from the Terza parte of one of Johann Jakob Froberger's libri.
R/. Média vita in morte sumus : quem quærimus adjutórem, nisi tu Dómine ? qui pro peccátis nostris juste irásceris:
Sancte Deus, Sancte fortis, Sancte misericors Salvator, amarae morti ne tradas nos.
V/. In te speravérunt patres nostri: speravérunt, & liberásti eos. R/. Sancte Deus...
V/. Ad te clamavérunt patres nostri: clamavérunt, & non sunt confúsi. R/. Sancte Deus...
V/. Glória Patri, & Fílio, & Spirítui Sancto. R/. Sancte Deus...
I hope Quinquagesima finds us back at normalcy. A doubt gnaws at the back of my mind, alas, that this interruption is precursor (in some way unclear) to changes at Holy Week (we have been, in years past, blessed to witness the pre-1955 rites celebrated at Saint-E.) due to... who knows what. The video infra is of the Schola singing Henry du Mont's Media vita.
The Mass of Sexagesima, Exsurge quare obdormis Domine, from 2020. I don't know why I can't find last year's recording, eh. Notker's Media vita was sung at the Offertory, and Palestrina's motet Super flumina Babylonis at the Communion.
The collect is notable in that it mentions the Apostle Saint Paul as Doctor gentium, the Apostle and Teacher of the nations, of the Gentiles. This was a bit puzzling but it is due not to the lengthy lesson from the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, ahem (Blessed Ildefonso says 'it is almost the Apostle's autobiography'), but to the fact that the station church at Rome is the Basilica of Saint Paul Without the Walls. Of course, the epistle may be appointed because of the station church, too. Hmm.