Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

One of the oldest Hymns to Sts. Peter and Paul is the Aurea Luce, it is based upon the poem of Elpis, wife? of the philosopher Boethius.  She died around 493.  This hymn was revised under Pope Urban VIII in 1632, to become the Decora lux, as found in the Liber Usualis.  Verses 1,2,5,& 6 are sung on the Feast of St. Peter and Paul (June 29). Verses 3 & 6 are sung on the Feast the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch (Feb. 22). Verses 4 & 6, are sung on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. (Jan. 25).

    • Aurea Luce, Dominican music and Dominican text.
    • Aurea Luce, Dominican music with later text for verse 5.
    • Aurea Luce, Roman music and original text.
    • Aurea Luce, Roman music with later text for verse 5.
    • Aurea Luce, Roman music (Alter Tonus) and original text.
    • Aurea Luce, Roman music (Alter Tonus) with later text for verse 5.

Verse 5 was originally,
Olívæ binæ pietátis únicæ, Fide devótos, spe robústos máxime,
Fonte replétos caritátis géminæ Post mortem carnis impetráte vívere.

This was later replaced by a verse from the Felix per Omnes, suitably modified to fit the different meter.
O Roma felix, quæ tantórum Príncipum Es purpuráta pretióso sánguine,
Non laude tua, sed ipsórum méritis Excéllis omnem mundi pulchritúdinem.

The Second of our Hymns to Sts. Peter and Paul is the Felix per omnes, this hymns is based on our first hymn and is possibly written by Paulinus of Aquileia c. AD 730-802.

    • Felix per omnes, Roman melody
    • Felix per omnes,

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The Greater Litanies, and St. Mark


St. Mark & Rogations booklet

From the Liturgical Year, Gueranger Vol. 8. pg. 392. https://archive.org/details/liturgicalyear08gura/page/392/mode/2up

This day is honoured in the Liturgy by what is called Saint Mark’s Procession. The term, however,is not a correct one, inasmuch as a Procession was a privilege peculiar to the twenty-fifth of April previously to the institution of our Evangelist’s feast, which, even so late as the sixth century, had no fixed day in the Roman Church. The real name of this Procession is The Greater Litanies. The word Litany means Supplication, and is applied to the religious rite of singing certain chants while proceeding from place to place, and this in order to propitiate Heaven. The two Greek words Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy on us) were also called Litany, as likewise were the invocations which were afterwards added to that cry for mercy, and which now form a Liturgical prayer used by the Church on certain solemn occasions.
The Greater Litanies (or Processions) are so called to distinguish them from the Minor Litanies, that is, Processions of less importance as far as the solemnity and concourse of the faithful were concerned. We gather from an expression of Saint Gregory the Great that it was an ancient custom in the Roman Church to celebrate, once each year, a Greater Litany at which all the Clergy and people assisted. This holy Pontiff chose the twenty-fifth of April as the fixed day for this Procession and appointed the Basilica of Saint Peter as the Station.

Holy Week 2020

While so many of us have been failed by our bishops who have shut down our Liturgies…

We have been not been completely abandoned…

Many thanks to https://schola-sainte-cecile.com who have continued to provide us with excellent Liturgy, and the Lego company for inadvertently providing us with a great children’s activity in Holy Week


Duplo Hearse


With nightlights


Chapel ready for Tenebrae


End of first Psalm


Lego Chapel


Tenebrae from Saint-Eugène with something to keep the children occupied.

Feast of St. Verena

In the Analecta Hymnica, several Hymns in Honour of St. Verena can be found,

Vol 23.

Laudes canamus virginis  Brev. Praemontratense imp. Parisiis 1513.

Agne patris summi, Christe, Christe, Brev. Praemonstratense imp. Parisiis 1513.

Vol. 52.

O Verena Sponsa ChristiHymn. ms. Turicense (Zurich) 14th/15th c. Cod. Sangallen

Lux mundi tenebris fulgida splenduit, Antiphon. ms. Murense saec. 15. Cod. Griesen.

Lateinische Hymnen des Mittelalters, 1853

Mens fidelis jocundetur, Hs. zu S. Paul in Karnten No. 13, 15 Jahrh.