Tenebrae…

Tenebrae at the Oratory from 1700 over the Sacrum Triduum (click here to see the archived broadcasts of the Sacrum Triduum). Tenebrae is the name given to the celebration, with special ceremonies, of Matins and Lauds, the first two hours of the Divine Office, of the last three days of Holy Week. Originally celebrated after…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Spy Wednesday

Spy Wednesday: Missa “Ut in nomine Jesu” Such is the impious scheme devised on this day, within the precincts of the Temple of Jerusalem. To testify her detestation at it, and to make atonement to the Son of God for the outrage thus oflfered him, the Holy Church, from the earliest ages, consecrated the Wednesday of every…

Station Wednesday in Holy Week: Statio ad St Mariam Majorem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who are continually afflicted by reason of our excesses, may be delivered through the passion of Thine only-begotten Son… The Station today is at St. Mary Major for the second time during Lent. As we set our eyes on the Sacred Triduum, it is good to…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Holy Tuesday

Holy Tuesday: Missa “Nos autem” Station at the Church of St. Prisca in Rome . This was one of the 25 parishes of Rome in the fifth century. The Epistle, Gradual, Offertory and Communion are a perfect adaptation of the passages in the Old Testament to Christ persecuted. He is ‘the meek lamb that is carried to…

Station Tuesday in Holy Week: Statio ad St Priscam

Almighty and everlasting God, grant that we may celebrate the mysteries of our Lord’s Passion that we may deserve to receive Thy pardon. Through Jesus Christ our Lord… The Station today is at the church of St. Prisca. Saint Prisca was baptized by Saint Peter when she was thirteen. She was thrown to the lions…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Holy Monday

Holy Monday: Missa “Judica Domine” Station at the Church of St. Praxedes. This is the church where the precious Pillar of Flagellation was brought from the Holy Land by the Crusaders along with three thorns from the Crown of Thorns. Under Pope Paschalis I many relics of numerous martyrs were brought to this church. In the…

Station Monday in Holy Week: Statio ad St Praxedem

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who fail through infirmity in our many difficulties, may be relieved through the merits of the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at the church of St. Praxedes which was built over St. Praxedes’ house. It was one of the twenty-five original parishes in Rome. It is easily…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Palm Sunday would be in any case a great and holy day, as it commemorates the last triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and opens the Holy Week. On this day, the Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, when the multitude, going before and following after Him,…