Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of Corpus Christi

Octave of Corpus Christi: Missa “Cibávít eos“ The Octave of Corpus Christi being privileged, Feasts are either commemorated only (in which case the appropriate Collect is said after that of the Office) or transferred to after the Octave.  The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus Domini, is a Latin…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi: Missa “Cibávít eos“ This feast is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday and is the feast where we celebrate the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar – the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ confected in the Roman Canon of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of S. Augustine of Canterbury

In the Octave of St Augustine, Bishop & Confessor, Apostle to the Angles: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Augustine was the prior of a monastery in Rome when Pope Gregory the Great chose him in 595 to lead a mission, usually known as the Gregorian mission, to Britain to Christianize King Æthelberht and his Kingdom of Kent…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bede the Venerable, Confessor & Doctor of the Church

St Bede the Venerable, Confessor and Doctor of the Church (transf. May 27): Missa “In medio” Venerable Bede (673-735), the first English historian, was consecrated to God from childhood. He became a Benedictine monk in the monastery of Jarrow in Northumberland, and trained there some six hundred scholars. His Ecclesiastical History of England is a treasure to scholars…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; The Most Holy Trinity

Trinity Sunday: Missa “Benedicta sit“ Today begins the Third Cycle of the Easter Season – the Time After Pentecost, beginning with the Feast of the Blessed Trinity and is the longest of the Liturgical Year. It may comprise from twenty-four to twenty-eight weeks and differs considerably from the other liturgical seasons. In the Liturgical Year there…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Saturday Ember

Whit Saturday Ember: Missa “Cáritas Dei” In the Seventh Century due to the postponement of the Ember fast the station was at St. Stephen on the Caelian Hill; in the Eleventh Century a return was made to the primitive place, St. Peter. Of the five scriptural Lessons which precede the Gloria in excelsis of the Mass,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Friday Ember

Pentecost Ember Friday: Missa “Repleátur os meum“ Station at the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles The stational Mass was at one time placed at Sts. John and Paul, but in the earlier days was held where the Roman Missal now assigns it. The spirit in which the Church solemnizes her feasts is one of intense…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Thursday

Pentecost Thursday: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The station is now at St. Lawrence, although the Mass would indicate that at one time it was at the Church of the Twelve Apostles. The Lesson from the Acts describes the joy which filled the people of Samaria when the deacon Philip preached the Gospel and worked miracles among them….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pentecost Ember, Whit Wednesday

Pentecost Ember Wednesday: Missa “Deus, dum“ The station is at St. Mary Major, as is the rule in Rome whenever the scrutinies of the candidates for Holy Orders are to take place. The Ember Days of Pentecost differ from the others in that they fall during a joyful Season of the Liturgical Year and during the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Tuesday

Pentecost Tuesday: Missa “Accípite“ Today is the Double of the First Class Feast of Pentecost Tuesday. The titular church of St. Anastasia, once the Court church during the Byzantine period, is chosen for today’s station instead of the Basilica of St. Paul, as the latter is too far out for a procession at this season of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Monday

Pentecost Monday: Missa “Cibavit eos“ Today is the Double of the First Class Feast of Pentecost Monday. The liturgy recalls the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles; and the Church extends the commemoration of it over eight days Originally the feast of Pentecost brought to an end in Rome the fifty days of the…