Poem for the Persecuted

Poem for the Persecuted You, who speak your faith into the darkness, whisper your prayer in the silence of the moon, when, in the blackness, you are quite alone, He blesses you. You understand His tomb. Though they throw you in prison for loving, when you pray for the brother who betrays you, yet your…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius of Loyola, Confessor: Missa “In Nomine Iesu” In the year 1521 a cannon ball fractured the left leg of Captain Ignatius Loyola, the future founder of the Jesuits. While he was convalescing, Ignatius read about Christ and His saints and thus turned wholly to God. He then undertook to equip himself for Christ’s service…

Today’s Saint: St Ignatius of Loyola, Confessor

Early Life of St. Ignatius Inigo de Loyola was born in 1491 in Azpeitia in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa in northern Spain. He was the youngest of thirteen children. At the age of sixteen years he was sent to serve as a page to Juan Velazquez, the treasurer of the kingdom of Castile. As…

Carissimi: Felix nativitas!

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs David Luck (married by the Provost two years ago) now living in Kuala Lumpur, on the birth of their first child (born 30th July 2012), a daughter, “Miyana Ellie Chong-Luck”!

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs

SS. Abdon and Sennen, Martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu” Sts. Abdon and Sennen were Persians who, coming to Rome in the Third Century, courageously confessed the faith of Christ and were put to death in the persecution of Decius in 250. The emperor Decius, enemy of Christians, had defeated the king of Persia and become master…

Today’s Saints: SS. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs

THEY were Persians, but coming to Rome, courageously confessed the faith of Christ in the persecution of Decius in 250. They were cruelly tormented, but the more their bodies were mangled and covered with ghastly wounds, the more were their souls adorned and beautified with divine grace, and rendered glorious in the sight of heaven….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Sunday IX Post Pentecost

Sunday IX Post Pentecost: Missa “Ecce Deus ádjuvat me“ God is our Helper, and He will always come to our aid He will open the ears of His mercy to our prayers, and will not allow us to be tempted beyond our strength. Let us obey therefore with joy the precepts of the Lord; let us…

Today’s Saints: SS Nazarius & Celsus, Martyrs

SAINT NAZARIUS’S father was a heathen, and held a considerable post in the Roman army. His mother, Perpetua, was a zealous Christian, and was instructed by St. Peter, or his disciples, in the most perfect maxims of our holy faith. Nazarius  embraced it with so much ardor that he copied in his life all the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monthly Requiem

Monthly Requiem Mass: Missa “Requiem aeternam” A Mass for the Dead has many features which distinguish it from others. These are in part reminiscences of otherwise obsolete liturgical customs, and are in part suggested by the mournful character of the rite. Thus, incense is not burned at the Introit and at the Gospel; the psalm Judica…

Today’s Saint: St Pantaleon, Martyr

St. Pantaleon was born in Nicomedia, near the Black Sea in Asia. He was the son of a rich pagan, Eustorgius of Nicomedia, and a Christian mother, Saint Eubula, who instructed him in the faith, but died while he was still a child. Pantaleon studied medicine with such great success that he was appointed as…