Today is the feast of Our Lady, 'the feast which is Saint Mary's feast', as the Old English Martyrology has it in Dr Christine Rauer's translation-- her greatest feast, that of her Assumption. Am following the live-stream from Saint-Eugène; it has been a while since I've been up at two a.m. to do this, having decided in late June to say Matins and Lauds in the middle morning, at four or five when I more or less 'naturally' awake instead of in the night as I think I ought to do, eh. A solemn high Mass, appropriately enough.
Signum magnum is the Mass since the reign of Pius XII, marking the solemn definition of the dogma; formerly the Mass of Sedulius was said.
Gaudeamus omnes in Domino diem festum celebrantes sub honore beatae Mariae Virginis: de cujus assumptione qaudent, angeli, et collaudant Filium Dei.
I suppose that this morning is not the moment for prosing on about papal liturgical messings-about, which sometimes seem to later generations not a Bad Thing, at least entirely, and are sometimes positively a Bad Thing as anyone can see from the outset. Eh.
The sequence Induant iustitiam, from the Proper of Paris, is being sung now.
Ave, Virgo vírginum,Spes salútis hóminum,Mater alma grátiæ.Ave, sidus rútilum,Laus & decus órdinumCœlestis milítiæ.O præ muliéribus,Quin & præ Cœlítibus,Benedícta Fília !Hauris unde plénior,Hoc e fonte crébriorStillet in nos grátia.Ad Deum ut ádeant,Per te vota tránseant :Non fas matrem réjici.Peccátorem líbera,Justo robur ímpetra,Plebi fave súpplici.Tu triumphis inclyta,Nos rege, nos éxcitaCertántes in ácie.Quæ benígna díceris,Affer opem míseris,In labórem série.Prótege subsídiisQuos vides in médiisColluctántes flúctibus.Natis præbe déxteram,Trahe nos in pátriam,Junge cœli cívibus. Amen.