Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Egbert, Confessor

St Egbert, Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Saint Ecgberht (or Egbert) (died 729) was an Anglo-Saxon monk of Northumbria and Bishop of Lindisfarne. As a youth he went on a peregrinatio, or pilgrimage far from home, traveling to Ireland. One of his acquaintances at this time was Chad. He settled at the monastery of Rathelmigisi (Rathmelsigi), identified…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Popes St Cletus & St Marcellinus, Martyrs

SS. Cleti et Marcellini Paparum et Martyrum: Missa “Sancti tui” ST. CLETUS was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89. The canon of the Roman mass, (which Bossuet and…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Mark the Evangelist [Rogationtide]

St Mark, Evangelist: Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. Mark was not regularly inserted into the Roman Calendar until about the Twelfth Century. This is explained by the original association of the commemorations of the saints with their tombs. Although St. Mark was among the first who with St. Peter brought the Faith to Rome and…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St George, Martyr, Patron of England

St George, Martyr, Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. George is found in the Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, and Latin liturgies. The ancient “Georgia” is named after him. He is renowned as the armed defender of the Church, one who carried the trophies of victory over the enemy. Saint George (c. 275/281 – 23…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Popes St Soter & St Caius, Martyrs

Popes St Soter & St Caius, Martyrs: Missa “Sancti tui” These two Sovereign Pontiffs were martyred for the Faith 120 years apart in the second and third centuries. Pope Saint Soter was raised to the Papacy after the death of Pope St. Anicetus in 166. He was the 12th successor of Peter and it was he…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Easter III

Dominica III Post Pascha: Missa “Jubilate” On this Third Sunday After Easter, the Church rejoices because Christ is risen again and has redeemed us (Alleluia); and so she utters cries of joy (Introit) and sings the praises of God (Offertory). A little while, and now you shall not see Me, and you shall lament and weep,”…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Sabbato Post Dominica II Post Pascha

Feria Sabbato infra Hebdomadam II post Octavam Paschae: Missa “Misericórdia” The devotion to Jesus the Redeemer under the figure of the Good Shepherd was dear to the faithful from very early times; in the catacombs Christ is frequently represented as a shepherd. The liturgical and traditional use of the Gospel of the Good Shepherd on the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Alphege, Bishop Martyr

St Alphege, Bishop Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” Ælfheah, officially remembered by the name Alphege within some churches, and also called Elphege, Alfege, or Godwine, was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Winchester, later Archbishop of Canterbury. Archbishop and “the First Martyr of Canterbury.” He was born in 953 and became a monk in the Deerhurst Monastery in Gloucester, England,…