Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent II

Thursday Lent II: Missa “Deus in adjutorium meum” Today’s Station takes place in a basilica erected shortly after the peace of Constantine by Julius I and which is one of the first churches of Rome dedicated to the Mother of God. Mary is there represented seated among the wise Virgins who hold their lamps. This is…

Station Thursday Lent II: Statio ad St Mariam trans Tibernim

Grant us, we beseech Thee, Lord, the help of Thy grace, so that we who are duly intent on fasting and prayer may be delivered from enemies of soul and body: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the celebrated basilica, St. Mary‘s across the Tiber. It was consecrated in the third century,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday Lent II

Wednesday Lent II: Missa “Ne derelínquas mé” Wednesday Lent II: Missa “Ne derelínquas mé” The Basilica of St. George still stands on the further side of the pons Senatorum, in the region of the Velabrum. The titulus Cecilice is in Trastevere, in the actual house of the martyr. In 1595, the sarcophagus under the altar containing her…

Station Wednesday Lent II: Statio ad St Caeciliam

Look upon Thy people with favor, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that they whom Thou dost command to abstain from food may also cease from baneful vices. Through Jesus Christ our Lord… The Station is at the church of St. Cecelia where the Saint lived and was martyred and where her body now…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ethelbert, King & Confessor

St. Ethelbert, Confessor, First Christian King among the English & Confessor; Comm. Feria III of Lent II: Missa “Os justi“ HE was king of Kent, the fifth descendant from Hengist, who first settled the English Saxons in Britain, in 448, and the foundation of whose kingdom is dated in 455. Ethelbert married, in his father’s life-time,…

Station Tuesday Lent II: Statio ad St Balbinam

Perfect in us the help we obtain from this holy observance, we pray Thee, good Lord, so that by Thy doing we may fulfil the duty Thy authority reveals to us: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Balbina‘s, virgin and martyr (130), the daughter of the tribune and martyr, St. Quirinus. The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthias, Apostle

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle; Comm. Feria II of Lent II: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” St. Peter, in the Acts of the Apostles (Epistle), says that the prophet had Judas in view when he declares “That his episcopate would pass into other hands.” It is the Lord Himself who showed the one He had chosen to…

Station Monday Lent II: Statio ad St Clementem

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting may also abstain from sin and follow after justice: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Clement’s. The oldest level is thought to be the titulus Clementis, one of the first parish churches in Rome, and probably belonged…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Lent II

Second Sunday of Lent: Missa “Reminiscere” Let the sight of the grandeur of Jesus transfigured prepare us for the contemplation shortly of the humiliation of His Passion. In St. John’s Gospel (I: 51), our Lord applies the vision of Jacob’s ladder to Himself, to show that in the midst of the persecutions of which He was the…

Station Sunday Lent II: Statio ad S Mariam in Dominica

O God, who seest that we are wholly destitute of strength, protect us inwardly and outwardly, so that our bodies may be safeguarded from all misfortune and our minds cleansed of evil thoughts; through Our Lord… Sitting quietly by the side of the busy Via della Navicella, the Basilica of St. Mary in Domnica holds the distinction…

Station Saturday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum

We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers of thy people; and of thy great goodness turn aside from them the scourges of thine anger: through Our Lord… St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) built by Constantine in 323, the basilica was erected over the place where St. Peter was buried,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ember Saturday in Lent

Ember Saturday in Lent: Missa “Reminíscere” The Station for the Saturday of Ember Week is always at the great basilica erected by Constantine and rebuilt by the Popes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on the hill of the Vatican on the spot where St. Peter died on the cross and where his body rests. Besides…