Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was destined for her role in the history of our salvation (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall of Adam, so also Mary…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Clement, Pope & Martyr

St Clement, Pope & Martyr; Com. Oct. St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dominus” Pope Saint Clement I, who was styled by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians (iv, 3) as his fellow laborer,” succeeded St. Cletus as Pope in the year 90. He is named third in the Canon of the Mass,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

St Cecilia, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” It is believed that St. Cecilia was born in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D., although the dates of her birth and martyrdom are unknown. Tradition tells us that Cecilia was a Roman girl of a patrician family who had…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Edmund King & Martyr

St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “In Virtute Tua” St Edmund was king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death. Almost nothing is known of Edmund. He is thought to be of East Anglian origin and was first mentioned in an annal of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, written some years after his death. His kingdom was…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Dedication of the Basilicas of SS Peter & Paul

Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and Paul; Commemoration of Sunday XXV Post Pentecost: Missa “Terribilis est” The two basilicas of the apostles were held in great veneration from the earliest times. The priest Caius, declared against the heretics, “I can show you the trophies of the Apostles; for if you will…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Hugh of Lincoln

St. Hugh of Lincoln, Confessor Bishop: Missa “Sacerdotes“ A native of Burgundy, Hugh was born in Avalon, near Grenoble in 1140 and joined the Carthusian Order at the age of 20. He was highly regarded for his intellectual ability, his integrity and caring nature. At the request of Henry II, he came to England in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Edmund Rich

St. Edmund Rich of Canterbury, Confessor Bishop; Com. Oct. S. Martin of Tours: Missa “Gaudeamus“ Popular Archbishop of Canterbury who battled for discipline and justice, also called Edmund of Abingdon. Born in Abingdon, on November 30, 1180. he studied at Oxford, England, and in Paris, France. He taught art and mathematics at Oxford and was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of St Martin of Tours

In the Octave of St Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” The story and history of Saint Martin of Tours. When a mere boy, Martin became a Christian catechumen against his parents’ wish; and at fifteen was therefore seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army. One winter’s…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of Our holy father S. Willibrord

Octave Day of our holy father St Willibrord, Apostle to the Frisians; Commemoration of the Octave of St Martin of Tours & the feast of St Erkenwald, Bishop Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is the Octave Day of St. Willibrord, a British-born, Irish-trained, Roman-commissioned Benedictine who evangelized the Netherlands (or in the words of the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass: Requiem for Betty Girvan

Requiem Mass for Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Girvan. INTROIT 4 Esdras 2: 34-35 Eternal rest give to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. (Ps. 64. 2-3). A hymn, O God, becometh Thee in Sion; and a vow shall be paid to Thee in Jerusalem: hear my prayer; all flesh shall come to Thee….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Requiem for Armistice

Requiem Mass for the Dead who have fallen in conflict. INTROIT Eternal rest give to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. (Ps. 64. 2-3). A hymn, O God, becometh Thee in Sion; and a vow shall be paid to Thee in Jerusalem: hear my prayer; all flesh shall come to Thee….