Of Queen Elisabeth II. Judith Weir's setting of Psalm 42 was just sung; now the Prime Minister is reading the second lesson, from the Gospel according to Saint John. The Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon is next. It is the feast of the martyrs Saint Januarius, Bishop (yes, he whose blood liquifies or doesn't in Naples two or three times each year), and his companions Saints Festus and Desiderius and others . We shall see if I make it to Mass at Saint-Eugène at 1000. The Archbishop's voice (had never heard him) quickly becomes mildly tiresome.
Sir James MacMillan's anthem was lovely; a setting of the text of the Apostle beginning 'Who shall separate us from the love of Christ...'. Hearing it again is liable to be a challenge.
Holy Mass from Saint-E. is indeed upcoming. I must confess I dozed during most of the drive from London to Windsor, and indeed didn't fully awaken until the eight bearers began to move the coffin to the steps of Saint George's Chapel. I remain convinced that whoever chose those particular eight must have added the consideration of handsomeness to his criteria for selection, which makes sense, I suppose; I very much doubt that the entire regiment is as good-looking as those gentlemen seem to be.
Introitus. Ps. 36, 39. Salus autem iustórum a Dómino : et protéctor eórum est in témpore tribulatiónis. Ps. ibid., 1. Noli æmulári in malignántibus : neque zeláveris faciéntes iniquitátem. V. Glória Patri. Ant. Salus autem.
Graduale. Ps. 33, 18-19. Clamavérunt iusti, et Dóminus exaudívit eos: et ex ómnibus tribulatiónibus eórum liberávit eos. V. Iuxta est Dóminus his, qui tribuláto sunt corde : et húmiles spíritu salvábit.
Allelúia, allelúia. V. Te Mártyrum candidátus laudat exércitus, Dómine. Allelúia.
Offertorium. Sap. 3, 1, 2 et 3. Iustórum ánimæ in manu Dei sunt, et non tanget illos torméntum malítiae : visi sunt óculis insipiéntium mori : illi autem sunt in pace, allelúia.
Communionem. Matth. 10, 27. Quod dico vobis in ténebris, dícite in lúmine, dicit Dóminus : et quod in aure audítis, prædicáte super tecta.
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