Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Paul, Apostle

St Paul, Apostle; Comm. of St Peter, of Sunday VI Post Pentecost & of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Scio cui crédidi“ From Saint Paul himself we know that he was born at Tarsus in Cilicia (Acts 21:39), of a father who was a Roman citizen (Acts 22:26-28; cf. 16:37), of a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs

SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Nunc scio vere“  Today’s Double of the First Class Feast has a Common Octave with two stations, the one at St. Peter’s, the other at St. Paul’s. On June 29 A.D. 67, St. Peter was crucified, head downward, by order…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Irenaeus Bishop & Martyr

Saint Irenaeus Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Lex veritátis“ Information as to the life of the holy Father of the Church Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, is scarce, and in some measure inexact. He was born in Proconsular Asia, or at least in some province bordering thereon, in the first half of the second century; the exact…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS John & Paul, Martyrs

SS John & Paul, Martyrs : Missa “Multæ tribulatiónes“ Commemoration of the Nativity of St John the Baptist Saints John and Paul were Roman soldiers who were Christians as well. They were martyred at Rome on 26 June. The year of their martyrdom is uncertain according to their Acts, it occurred under Julian the Apostate (361-3). In…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Nativity of St John the Baptist

The Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “De ventre matris“ The Precursor of Christ was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb. After an austere life as a hermit, he announced the Advent of Christ, preached penitence, and baptized in the Jordan. He was beheaded during the reign of Herod. The day…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

S.  Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium around the end of the 3rd century, gave shelter to an itinerant Christian priest, later called Amphibalus. Impressed by what he heard Alban was converted to Christianity by him. When a…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria VI of Sunday IV Post Pentecost

Feria Sexta infra Hebdomadam IV post Octavam Pentecostes: Missa “Dóminus illuminátio mea“ The liturgy Inspires us with confidence In God in the midst of the struggles, sufferings and calamities of this life. There is no greater consolation under crosses and afflictions, no more powerful support in the adversities of a pious and virtuous life, than the thought that…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Silverius Pope & Martyr

S. Silverius Pope & Martyr: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ SILVERIUS was son of Pope Hermisdas, who had been married before he entered the ministry. Upon the death of St. Agapetas, after a vacancy of forty-seven days, Silverius, then subdeacon, was chosen Pope, and ordained on the 8th of June, 536. Theodora, the empress of Justinian,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Gervase & Protase, Martyrs

SS. Gervase & Protase, Martyrs: Missa “Loquétur Dóminus“ Martyrs of Milan, probably in the second century, patrons of the city of Milan and of haymakers; invoked for the discovery of thieves. Feast, in the Latin Church, 19 June, the day of the translation of the relics; in the Greek Church, 14 Oct., the supposed day of their…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs

SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ Mark and Marcellian (d. c.290), Roman martyrs. These martyrs are commemorated in the ancient Roman sacramentaries; their tomb, with frescoes of them and their companions, has been identified in the catacomb of St. Balbina. For the details of their Lives the only source is the unreliable 5th‐century Acts…