How clever of the Moon to go into overdrive so as to illuminate and emphasise the Festival today of S Edmund, Patron of the diocese in which I am domiciled (Portsmouth; I am of course incardinated into the Ordinariate). This suddenly occurred to me as I was halfway through the Reading at Mass: "quasi luna plena in diebus suis lucet".
At Lauds and both Vespers, we have the V Nobis in hoc exsilio, sancte Pater Edmunde. R Caelestis patriae amorem, quaesumus, infunde. Antiphona Dilexit iustitiam et odivit iniquitatem, propterea moritur in exsilio.
A good day to be mindful of all the exiles in the world, all the millions of them.
16 November 2016
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Not to mention St Margaret, co Patron Saint of Scotland.
Ora pro nobis.
"As the moon on the lost through obscurity dawns:
The Serpent's destroyer a Lily mid thorns.
Through thee may we come to the Haven of Rest
And see Heaven's King in the Courts of the Blest!"
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