Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Aidan, Bishop & Confessor

St Aidan, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Aidan was an Irish monk from the monastery St.Columba had founded on the island of Iona. The Britons had been Christian before the Irish, since Britain, though not Ireland, was part of the Roman Empire. Some of the missionaries who first took the faith to Ireland were…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Felix & Aduactus, Martyrs

SS Felix & Aduactus, Priests & Martyrs: Missa “Sapiéntiam Sanctórum“ SS Felix & Aduactus depicted in heavenly glory circa 6C. ST. FELIX was a holy priest in Rome, no less happy in his life and virtue than in his name. Being apprehended in the beginning of Dioclesian’s persecution, he was put to cruel torments, which he…

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

The Beheading of St John the Baptist: Missa “Loquébar“ Besides the chief feast of St. John the Baptist, that of his nativity, the Church commemorates on the twenty-ninth of August, his glorious death and birth into Heaven. Ever since the Fourth Century in Africa, in the East, in Syria, and in many places all over the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Augustine of Hippo

St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo & Doctor of the Church; Com. of St Hermes: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ It was the combined efforts of two saints who had the greatest effects on the life of one of the great Doctors of the Church Saint Augustine of Hippo. Augustine’s mother Saint Monica played a major behind the…

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

Feria of Sunday XIV Post Pentecost: Missa “Protéctor” The Epistle and the Gospel for the Traditional liturgy for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost focuses on the fact that we cannot serve two masters. Those two masters this week are namely the flesh and the spirit. The spirit, or grace, given to us by the Holy Ghost,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr

Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” The pontificate of this first third-century pope was to see a storm of heresy rage around the pontiff, who had to keep a firm hand on the tiller of Peter’s bark. According to the “Liber Pontificalis,” Zephyrinus was a Roman, the son of Habundius. He ordered that all ordinations,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XIV Post Pentecost

Sunday XIV Post Pentecost: Missa “Protéctor” The Epistle and the Gospel for the Traditional liturgy for the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost focuses on the fact that we cannot serve two masters. Those two masters this week are namely the flesh and the spirit. The spirit, or grace, given to us by the Holy Ghost, inclines us…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bartholomew, Apostle

St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ The name “Bartholomew” appears in the New Testament only on lists of the names of the twelve apostles. This list normally is given as six pairs, and the third pair in each of the Synoptics is “Philip and Bartholomew” (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; but Acts 1:15). John…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of St Bartholomew, Apostle

Vigil of St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ The name “Bartholomew” appears in the New Testament only on lists of the names of the twelve apostles. This list normally is given as six pairs, and the third pair in each of the Synoptics is “Philip and Bartholomew” (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; but Acts…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of The Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition [/Assumption]: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Blessed Mary lived, cared for by St. John, for twelve years after Our Lord’s Resurrection. Her life was spent in helping the Apostles and in praying for the conversion of the world. On the third day after Mary’s death, when the Apostles gathered around her tomb, they found it empty….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church; Com. Vigil of St Laurence: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ ERNARD was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy near Dijon, in 1090. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with the highest hopes, and the world lay bright…