Carissimi: Today’s Mass: Ember Saturday in Advent

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Adventus: Missa “Veni, et osténde” Today is Ember Saturday in Advent. It is a day of Fast and Partial Abstinence as we prepare for one week from today the coming of the Lord. Today is a Major Feria, not Privileged Station at St. Peter‘s. In the first ages ordinations took place in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass: Funeral Requiem for Jim Southgate

Requiem Mass for James Southgate. 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. V. Eternal rest give unto…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas, Apostle

St Thomas, Apostle; Com. Feria VI of Advent III: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Thomas, called Didymus, that is “the twin,” was probably a Galilean of lowly condition and a fisherman. He was chosen to be one of the apostles in the year 31, as can be determined from the mention of his name in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of St Thomas, Apostle

Vigil of St Thomas, Apostle; Com. Feria V of Advent III: Missa “Ego autem” Like nearly all the Feasts of the Apostles, that of St Thomas is preceded by a vigil which will enable our souls to prepare for it in a holy manner. The Gospel recalls the vocation of this great Apostle who had…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Advent Ember Wednesday

Feria Quarta Quattuor Temporum Adventus: Missa “Roráte, Cœlí“ On the Wednesday of Ember Week in Advent, the Mystery of the Annunciation is commemorated by many Churches. The Mass is sung early in the morning. That Mass is sometimes called the Golden Mass, Roráte Mass or Messias Mass. On that occasion the Church is illuminated as a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria III of Advent III

Feria III of the Third Sunday of Advent: Missa “Gaudéte“ Truly we should rejoice in the Lord: Gaudéte in Dómino. This is introduced in the Introit and carried throughout the Mass, especially the Epistle where St. Paul tells the Philippians, “The Lord is nigh, rejoice in the Lord.” We pray that our faith and hope in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria II of Advent III

Feria II of the Third Sunday of Advent: Missa “Gaudéte“ Truly we should rejoice in the Lord: Gaudéte in Dómino. This is introduced in the Introit and carried throughout the Mass, especially the Epistle where St. Paul tells the Philippians, “The Lord is nigh, rejoice in the Lord.” We pray that our faith and hope in…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent III

Third Sunday of Advent: Missa “Gaudéte“ On this day the Church urges us to gladness in the middle of this time of expectation and penitence: the coming of Jesus approaches more and more. This Sunday is called “Gaudete” (Rejoice) from the first word of the Introit. The whole of this Mass is filled with the sentiments…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: Missa “Rorate caeli desuper“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. The votive Mass for Our Lady in Advent is sometimes called the “Missa Aurea,” or Golden Mass, because in it the Church celebrates the “golden mystery” of the Faith: Mary’s “fiat” at the Annunciation…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria VI Advent II

Feria VI of Second Sunday of Advent: Missa “Populus Sion” For the Second Sunday of Advent numerous references appear to Jerusalem and her people beginning with the Introit “People of Sion” for Jesus Christ will be the deliverer and and the shepherd of the faithful Jews and of the Gentiles. It is the Church’s intent that…

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

St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Hagiography states that Saint Lucy was a Christian martyr during the Diocletian persecution. According to apocryphal texts, the beautiful Lucia was born to a prosperous family of nobility in Syracuse on the island of Sicily. In the days of early Christian persecution, legends say that Lucia carried food to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria IV Advent II

Feria of Second Sunday of Advent: Missa “Populus Sion” For the Second Sunday of Advent numerous references appear to Jerusalem and her people beginning with the Introit “People of Sion” for Jesus Christ will be the deliverer and and the shepherd of the faithful Jews and of the Gentiles. It is the Church’s intent that the…