Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Octave Day of St Edward, King & Confessor

Octave Day of St Edward, King & Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Edward was born in 1003. He was the last Saxon king to rule (for more than a few months) in England. He is called “Edward the Confessor” to distinguish him from another King of England, Edward the Martyr (c962-979), who was assassinated (presumably by someone who…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of St Wilfrid, Apostle of the South Saxons

Octave Day of St Wilfrid of York, Apostle to the South Saxons, Co-Patron of the Sussex Mission: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Wilfrid (634-709) is one of the greatest and also one of the most controversial English Saints. He directly influenced the move away from Celtic to the more orderly Roman church practices and is best known for championing and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Luke the Evangelist

St Luke the Evangelist: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile in Antioch, Syria. He was a physician and it is believed that he may have also been a slave, as it was not uncommon in his day for slaves to be educated in medicine so the family would have…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Wilfrid of York, Apostle of the South Saxons

St Wilfrid of York, Apostle to the South Saxons, Co-Patron of the Sussex Mission: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” Wilfrid was born in Northumbria in 634. He was educated in the Celtic tradition by Monks in the monastery on Lindisfarne (called Holy Island today) a small island off the Northumberland coast. As a young man, Wilfrid went to Rome with…

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

Feria of Sunday XX Post Pentecost: Missa “Omnia, quæ fecisti nobis“ The lessons in the divine office during the whole month of October, are often taken from the books of Machabees. Thus, let us strive to make the following thoughts our own, acknowledging that our misfortunes have been brought about by our unfaithfulness in following the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paulinus of York

St Paulinus of York, Bishop Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Paulinus (died 644) played the principal role in the conversion of Northumberland, which by 625 had become the most powerful of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, stretching from the Humber to the Firth of Forth, and from the North Sea to the Pennines. Unusually for someone of that…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Dennis, Bp with Rusticus & Eleutherius, Martyrs

St Dennis, Bishop with Rusticus & Eleutherius, Martyrs: Missa “Sapiéntiam Sanctórum” Gregory of Tours states that Denis was bishop of the Parisii and was martyred by being beheaded by a sword. The earliest document giving an account of his life and martyrdom, the “Passio SS. Dionysii Rustici et Eleutherii” dates from c. 600, is mistakenly attributed to…