I arose mightily early that I might attend the "Lauds" as sung by the Monastic Communities of Jerusalem in their Florentine church:
- Psalm 99 with Ps 94:1 as antiphon;
- Psalms 24 and 7;
- Canticle from the Old Testament (Osee vi, 1-6);
- Psalmus laudativus (Ps 145);
- Lesson - a Patristic reading, which I seemed to hear attributed to James (?) in the 2nd century (?);
- Alleluia and verse;
- Gospel (St Luke vii, 31-35), read by one of their priests;
- Trisagion with verse and doxology (Byzantine style, as at their Vespers);
- Lord's Prayer;
- "Let us bless the Lord".
An interesting experiment. Unlike last night, I wasn't in good enough voice at such an early hour to join in the singing.
I returned to my hotel for a prodigious breakfast of several courses - pastries, fruits, sausage, bacon and eggs, the works - since, after all, one must get one's money's worth...
Going for a walk afterward, still before 9 am, I found the nearby Oratorio di Santa Maria delle Grazie open, and the candle stands already well filled with big tapers burning in honour of the Madonna e Bambino Gesù (imaged in an icon of 1313, by the anonymous Maestro di S. Cecilia). It was a holy place in which to pray Lauds cum Ecclesia, and meditate on the Incarnation.
I crossed the Ponte Vecchio as one does, bought some gelati and returned to the north bank of the Arno...