Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” Saint Jerome was born in Dalmatia in 329. Even during his life he was renowned as a Doctor and interpreter of Holy Scripture. He defended Catholic teaching against many heresies; his chief aim was to be a perfect monk and before he would consent…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was predestined from all eternity for the role of co-redemptrix (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall of Adam, so also Mary…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs

SS. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs: Missa “Sapiéntiam“ Early Christian physicians and martyrs whose feast is celebrated on 27 September. They were twins, born in Arabia, and practised the art of healing in the seaport Ægea, now Ayash (Ajass), on the Gulf of Iskanderun in Cilicia, Asia Minor, and attained a great reputation. They accepted no pay…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Cyprian & Justina, Martyrs

SS. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem iustorum“ St. Cyprian was born to parents who worshiped idols. They taught him all kinds of wicked beliefs and superstitions. They even offered him to the Devil! What a terrible thing to do! Cyprian, having learned these wicked practices, did terrible crimes, blasphemed Christ, and committed secret murders! There lived…

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

St Ninian, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ This saint, who became the apostle of the southern Picts, was son to a prince among the Cumbrian Britons, who inhabited Cumberland and Galloway. From his cradle it seemed his only delight to visit churches, to discourse on heavenly things, and to be employed in exercises of…

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

Feria of Sunday XVIII Post Pentecost: Missa “Da pacem, Dómine“ At the Introit of the Mass the Church prays for the peace which God has promised by His prophets. St. Paul shows in the epistle that he possesses true love for his neighbor, because he rejoices and thanks God that he enriched the Corinthians with different graces…

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

Pope Saint Linus, Martyr; Commemoration of Saint Thecla, Virgin & Martyr:  Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Pope Saint Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter, ruled the Church for about twelve years. In the year 79 he suffered martyrdom, and was buried alongside the Prince of Apostles. His name is in the Canon of the Mass. The virgin Saint…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XVIII Post Pentecost

Sunday XVIII Post Pentecost: Missa “Da pacem, Dómine“ At the Introit of the Mass the Church prays for the peace which God has promised by His prophets. St. Paul shows in the epistle that he possesses true love for his neighbor, because he rejoices and thanks God that he enriched the Corinthians with different graces and gifts,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist; Commemoration Ember Saturday in September: Missa “Os justi” Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, also called Levi, was sitting at his tax-collector’s desk in Caphernaum when he was called by Christ. He followed Him at once, and also gave a feast for Him and the other disciples. After the resurrection of Christ,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; September Ember Wednesday

Feria Quarta Quattuor Temporum Septembris: Missa “Exsultáte Deo” It’s common to claim that the dates of important Christian feasts (such as Christmas) were set to compete with or replace certain pagan festivals, even though the best scholarship indicates otherwise. In the case of the Ember Days, however, it’s true. As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes: The Romans were…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Cornelius & Cyprian

Feast of the Martyrs Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, Bishop; Comm. SS. Euphemia, Lucy & Geminianus: Missa “Intret in conspectu” Pope Saint Cornelius succeeded St. Fabian as Pope in 251. He behaved with zeal and piety in his pastoral charge and adhered to his duty with courage and steadfastness. The holy Pope suffered martyrdom, September 14,…