Sat 26 – I Vespers of the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Sun 27 - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The Benedictus and Magnificat antiphons are taken from the Gospel set for today, part of the Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 5.
Mon 28 - Vigil of SS Peter and Paul, Class II; Tuesday 29, Feast of SS Peter and Paul, Class I
The picture left is one of the newly discovered, oldest icons of St Peter in existence (picture AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito).
Wed 30 – Commemoration of St Paul, Apostle, Class III
Because the texts for the main feast day naturally concentrate on St Peter, St Paul gets more of a focus today. Though called a 'commemoration' it is in fact a third class feast with its own antiphons, and festal psalms at Lauds and Vespers, reflecting the importance of the Apostle to the Gentiles. Note also that collects for both St Paul and St Peter are said today under one ending.
Thurs 1 – Class IV [Roman EF: Most Precious Precious Blood]
Today is one of those relatively rare, slightly odd days when the Benedictine 1963 calendar fails to follow the Roman in relation to a first class feast. Those who do wish to celebrate the Feast of the Most Precious Bood have a number of options. If you have a Monastic Antiphonale, music and texts for the feast (from I Vespers onwards) can be found in it under feasts of July. Alternatively a Liber Usualis (available online) will give you most of the necessary texts, save for the responsory (just omit the fourth antiphon at Vespers and use the Sunday festal psalms at Lauds and I&II Vespers). You could also raid the online version of the Roman Breviary for necessary texts.
Fri 2 – Visitation of the BVM, Class II
Today's feast is of the Visitation of Our Lady to her cousin Elizabeth, chronicled in Luke I.
Sat 3 – Saturday of Our Lady, SS Processus and Martinian, Martyrs, Memorial [EF: St Irenaeus, Class III]
story has been discredited however, though they are still accepted as early martyrs.