Today’s Saint: St Paul, Apostle

From Saint Paul himself we know that he was born at Tarsus in Cilicia (Acts 21:39), of a father who was a Roman citizen (Acts 22:26-28; cf. 16:37), of a family in which piety was hereditary (2 Timothy 1:3) and which was much attached to Pharisaic traditions and observances (Philippians 3:5-6). St. Jerome relates, on…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paul, Apostle

St Paul, Apostle: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Commemoration of the Octave of SS Peter and Paul Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist INTROIT 2 Timothy 1:12 I know Whom I have believed, and I am certain that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day;…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs

SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs : Missa “Nunc scio vere” Commemoration of the Nativity of St John the Baptist  Today’s Double of the First Class Feast has a Common Octave with two stations, the one at St. Peter’s, the other at St. Paul’s. On June 29 A.D. 67, St. Peter was crucified, head downward, by order of Nero,…

Today’s Saint: SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs

The Feast of Sts Peter and Paul celebrates the two outstanding apostles of the Church. In many ways these two men were different. Peter was from Galilee, a fisherman, poor and uneducated. Although St Jerome tells us that Paul too was a Galilean, his enforced exile to Tarsus as a child opened other possibilities for…

Today’s Saint: St Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr

Born: c. 115 AD, Smyrna Died: 202 AD, Lyons, Gaul (France) Feast day: June 28 St. Irenaeus was bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, which is now Lyons, France. He was a disciple of Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of John the Evangelist. He is recognized as a saint by both the Eastern Orthodox Church…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS John & Paul, Martyrs

St Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr : Missa “Lex veritátis” Commemoration of the Nativity of St John the Baptist & The Vigil of SS Peter & Paul, Apostles  Information as to the life of the holy Father of the Church Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, is scarce, and in some measure inexact. He was born in Proconsular Asia,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS John & Paul, Martyrs

SS John & Paul, Martyrs : Missa “Multæ tribulatiónes” Commemoration of the Nativity of St John the Baptist Saints John and Paul were Roman soldiers who were Christians as well. They were martyred at Rome on 26 June. The year of their martyrdom is uncertain according to their Acts, it occurred under Julian the Apostate (361-3). In…

Today’s Saint: SS. John & Paul, Martyrs

These two Saints were brothers and were officers of the Roman army in the days of Constantine the Great. They served in the house of Constance, daughter of Constantine, who was consecrated to God; their virtues and services to her father rendered them very dear to her. They would soon glorify God by a great…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Nativity of St John the Baptist

The Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “De ventre matris” Commemoration of Pentecost IV: Missa “Dóminus illuminátio mea“ The Precursor of Christ was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb. After an austere life as a hermit, he announced the Advent of Christ, preached penitence, and baptized in the Jordan. He was beheaded…

Today’s Saint: S. Etheldreda

Etheldreda – or, more properly, Ethelthrith – was the third and most celebrated of the saintly daughters of King Anna of East Anglia, by his wife, Saewara. Anna was of the family of the Uffingas, descendants of the Norse God, Odin. He was a Christian who did much for the conversion of his own kingdom,…

Journal: Same gender unions…

So… a contentious issue and one that has, I feel, been considerably mishandled by all parties. Essentially the actual matter of the debate is a redefinition of State unions to include same gender couples. Surely then, the most sensible and logical solution is for the State to adopt a homogeneous term like “Union” or “Partnership”…

Today’s Saint: St Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium around the end of the 3rd century, gave shelter to an itinerant Christian priest, later called Amphibalus. Impressed by what he heard Alban was converted to Christianity by him. When a period of persecution, ordered by the Emperor,…