Today is Gaudete Sunday, so called from the first word of the entrance antiphon:
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete: Dominus prope est.
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: