For friends - or Melbourne readers curious to see me, I now run into such persons! - it may be useful to note that I'll be visiting that Glorious See in late January, from Thursday the 22nd until Tuesday the 27th to be precise. (It's amazing how cheap air travel has become: only $100 for the round trip.)
This journey, apart from allowing me to catch up with various acquaintances, will permit me to hear Masses of the following in the Traditional Rite for a few days:
- 22nd - SS Vincent the Deacon & Anastasius the monk, Martyrs;
- 23rd - St Raymund of Peñafort, O.P., Confessor, with commemoration of St Emerentiana, Virgin & Martyr;
- 24th - St Timothy, Bishop & Martyr;
- 25th - by special Papal decree, in this Pauline Year the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul may be observed in place of the usual Sunday Mass (which would be that of the 3rd after Epiphany)*;
- 26th - St Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr;
- 27th - St John Chrysostom, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor.
(* Would the orations of the Sunday be read as commemorations? - would the Sunday Gospel be read as the Last Gospel?)
And, in reverse order, I ought mention I'll be motoring down to Hobart on Friday the 2nd, my car hopefully having arrived by then, and there I'll stay for a number of days...