Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Sunday III After Easter

Sunday in Paschaltide III: Missa “Si diligis Me“ On this Third Sunday After Easter, the Church rejoices because Christ is risen again and has redeemed us (Alleluia); and so she utters cries of joy (Introit) and sings the praises of God (Offertory). A little while, and now you shall not see Me, and you shall lament…

Today’s Saint: St Vitalis; Martyr

St Vitalis was a citizen of Milan, of noble descent; the entire family were Christians, and his conduct was most exemplary. St Vitalis had served in the army of the emperor, and was consequently on terms of friendship with Paulinus, the consul, trusting to whose favor he assisted the persecuted Christians, succored them in their…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Vitalis, Martyr

Saturday in Paschaltide II: Missa “Protexisti“ St Vitalis is honoured as the principal patron of the city of Ravenna, in which he glorified God by martyrdom in the persecution of Nero. He was a citizen of Milan, and is said in his acts to have been the father of SS. Gervasius and Protasius. The divine providence…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Egbert, Confessor

Thursday in Paschaltide II: Missa “Os justi“ St. Egbert c. 639; d. 729. had long entertained an ardent desire of going to preach the gospel to the inhabitants of those unhappy countries in which barbarism and idolatry still reigned without control, and he had chiefly Friesland or Lower Germany in his eye. But he was diverted from…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Popes SS Cletus and Marcellinus, Martyrs

Thursday in Paschaltide II: Missa “Si diligis Me“ These two Sovereign Pontiffs were martyred for the Faith 200 years apart in the early years of the Church. According to the testimony of St. Irenæus, the third successor was Pope Saint Cletus who should be identified with Anacletus, who governed the Church after Pope St. Linus, who…

Today’s Saint: SS Cletus & Marcellinus, Popes & Martyrs

Two Popes of the early Church sit on opposite corners of the portico ceiling of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Today, we celebrate their feast days. The two men served as Popes two centuries apart. What they share is that their pontificates occurred during times of great torture and persecution for professing Christians under Roman…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saint Mark, Evangelist & Martyr

Wednesday in Paschaltide II: Missa “Protexisti“ The feast of St. Mark was not regularly inserted into the Roman Calendar until about the Twelfth Century. This is explained by the original association of the commemorations of the saints with their tombs. Although St. Mark was among the first who with St. Peter brought the Faith to Rome…

Today’s Saint: St Mark, Evangelist & Martyr

St Mark, Evangelist Saint Mark was converted to the Faith by the Prince of the Apostles, whom he later accompanied to Rome, acting there as his secretary or interpreter. When Saint Peter wrote his First Epistle to the churches of Asia, he affectionately joined to his own salutation that of his faithful companion, whom he…

Today’s Saint: SS Soter & Caius, Popes & Martyrs

St Soter Pope & Martyr Saint Soter was raised to the papacy upon the death of Saint Anicetus in 161. By the sweetness of his discourses he comforted all afflicted persons with the tenderness of a father, and assisted the indigent with liberal alms, especially those who suffered for the Faith. He liberally extended his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saint George, Martyr

Monday in Paschaltide II: Missa “Protexisti“ The feast of St. George is found in the Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, and Latin liturgies. The ancient “Georgia” is named after him. He is renowned as the armed defender of the Church, one who carried the trophies of victory over the enemy. The Emperor Diocletian had at first favored this…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Good Shepherd Sunday

Sunday in Paschaltide II: Missa “Misericórdia“ The Station is at St. Peter’s in Rome. On this Sunday St. Gregory the Great delivered his magnificent homily on the Gospel of the Good Shepherd, near the tomb of the first universal pastor. Christ founded the papal primacy on the unshakable faith and intense love of Peter; and he,…