The merry month of May in the Oratory is certainly a rich one, with the weekday May devotions and the Feast of St. Philip Neri. This year however it has been absolute murder for us in the choir, as all the main summer festivals such as Ascension, Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart have fallen in this month due to the early Easter. So it has been virtually none stop week in and week out with extra masses and rehearsals, as well as many Festal Vespers with proper antiphons.
So what a relief has the coming of June been, for there are no more feasts apart from St. Peter and Paul, which this year falls on a Sunday. We are back to green Sundays and ordinary vespers, and so we can put our feet up and relax. It has been almost been as intense as the Easter Triduum this year.