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…