On Monday May 3, we lose the Feast of the Invention of the Holy Cross, double of the Second Class. My reasons for regarding this Feast with affection are the same as the arguments I deployed on April 12, and I will not repeat them. Of course, May 3 is the Novus Ordo date for SS Philip and James, which Pius XII had ejected on to May 11. Both of these feasts were Days of Devotion (Holy Days which had been demoted from "Obligation to go to Mass" to "You are most strongly urged to go to Mass"), and were still days on which Parish Priests were obliged applicare Missam pro populo. The ease with which, from the middle of the twentieth century, such highly ranking festivals were dumped or shifted around from day to day at the ephemeral whimsy of transient Pontiffs, seems to me an early indication of that arbitrary approach of papal liturgists to Tradition to which we rightly apply terms like Rupture and Bugnini.
Pip and Jim, of course, went on their travels in 1956, after Pius XII, or one of his advisers, had the bright idea of snitching May 1 from the Marxists by making it the Solemnity of S Joseph the Workman ('Opifex' ... 'Craftsman'?). The ploy never worked, not least because the US of A kept Labour Day on quite a different date. In any case, I rather liked - and like - putting on blood-red vestments on the Workers' Day and commemorating the Apostle who, in his Epistle, did make some remarks about the Unrighteous Rich which surpass anything Marx and Engels said.
And when S Joseph occupied May 1, his solemnity on the Wednesday after Easter II (April 21 this year) was abolished ... a Double of the First Class with an Octave reduced to zilch, just like that. It had been extended (from the Carmelites) to the entire Church by Blessed Pius IX in 1847 ... the eve of the Year of Revolutions (you recall that we also owe to him the Feast of the Precious Blood) ... and was moved from the Third Sunday after Easter to the preceding Wednesday by Pius X. Frankly, I rather like the propers for that feast, with their emphasis on S Joseph's ancestry and the suggestion that his sexual continence is Typified by his namesake's rejection of Mrs Potiphar's bed. That the 'Workman' was pure faddery is demonstrated by his demotion to an Optional Memorial in the post-Conciliar rite. (Incidentally, younger readers should make a note that - as Wise Virgins who keep Cheney by their computers will already have spotted - in 2047, 2058, and 2069, the Wednesday after Easter II will fall ... on May1! Annos valde Iosephinos! Episcopal Conferences, as they feverishly read this blog, might like to remember that they have the competence to move S Joseph from March 19 to a date permanently outside Lent ... they could select the Wednesday afer Easter II!)
Finally: this year, on April 25, S Mark, with Litaniae Sanctorum de praecepto trailing along with him, is suppressed by a supervenient Sunday. (These Litanies are commonly thought to have been introduced to replace the ancient Roman Robigalia ceremonies.) Bishop Andrew Burnham, in his very readable Heaven and Earth in Little Space: The Re-enchantment of Liturgy has questioned the wisdom of never (except in the case of SS Peter and Paul) allowing the Apostles to display their wares to lay devotion on a Sunday.