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Today is Gaudete Sunday, so called from the first word of the entrance antiphon:

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete:  Dominus prope est.

In English:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.

Here is a little something by Purcell:


When I was younger, Purcell was pronounced per-sell.  When I was older, I was taught that scholars now believe it to be pronounced per-sul. I’ll do my laundry with Purcell any day.  If you try reading ‘An Ode, On the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell’ by John Dryden, you’ll probably find that PER-sull scans and pur-SELL doesn’t: