Today in Rome the sun rose at 5:33 and it will set at 20:44. Even though in the now pathetic Roman Curia the Ave Maria bell will not chime as it ought at 21:00, it will chime in Rome! I am informed that the Ave Maria is sounded at the correct time at – where else – Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, Rome’s traditional parish.
The Ave Maria is struck, not peeled, in the pattern 3-4-5-1.
It is Pentecost Sunday today. Today we have the lovely Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus and the image of the sacrum septinarium.
At the Pantheon, there ought to be fireman on the roof who will drop rose petals down through the oculus. I photo from years ago from my apartment window.
And now some odds and ends.
This is St. Raymond Nonnatus in the Church of Sant’Eustachio.
This also is St. Raymond Nonnatus in Sant’Eustachio.
St. Raymond has his name, “non-natus”, because he wasn’t born, but rather removed by caesarian-section when his mother had died. He was Spanish, a Mercedarian and a close associate of St. Peter Nolasco. There is confusion about his having been a cardinal, as you see depicted in the first image. It was thought that Pope Gregory IX in 1239 made him Cardinal Deacon of Sant’Eustachio but he died going to Rome. However, scholars dispute this claiming that it was really an Englishman, Robert Somercote, who was Cardinal Deacon of S. Eustachio from 1238–1241 and they say St. Raymond was never a cardinal. I hope Robert Somercote was a saint. Raymond was canonized by Pope Alexander VII in 1657 and his feast in the Vetus Ordo is celebrated on August 31.
Can you guess the cheese?