Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Andrew Prōtoklētos, Apostle

St Andrew “the First-called”, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ Saint Andrew, whose feast day is November 30th, is the patron saint for fishermen. Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our holy father S. Willibrord

Our holy father St Willibrord, Bishop Confessor, Apostle to the Frisians, Founder of the See of Utrecht: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is the celebration of St. Willibrord, a British-born, Irish-trained, Roman-commissioned Benedictine who evangelized the Netherlands (or in the words of the Roman Martyrology, “Friesland and Denmark”). As such he is hailed as the patron…

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

Feria of the Ultimate Sunday Post Pentecost: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of the “abomination of desolation… standing in the holy place.” Those who read and understand know that this very thing has manifested itself in this period of apostasy which gives us an indication of the very times we are living…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of S. Edmund King & Martyr

St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “In Virtute Tua” St Edmund was king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death. Almost nothing is known of Edmund. He is thought to be of East Anglian origin and was first mentioned in an annal of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, written some years after his death. His kingdom was…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: S. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop Martyr

S. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop Martyr: Missa “In virtúte tua” Saint Peter illustriously occupied the throne of Alexandria for twelve years, and, as Eusebius says, “was a divine example of a bishop on account of the excellence of his life and his study of the Sacred Scriptures” (see Eusebius, Eccl. Hist., Book VII, 3 2; Book…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr

St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” The legend of St. Catherine of Alexandria is unsupported by solid historical authority. Devotion to her began in the West about the Eleventh Century and was widely spread by the Crusaders. We have still much to learn about…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; XXIV & Last Post Pentecost

Ultimate Sunday Post Pentecost; Commemoration of S. Chrysogonus, Martyr & the Octave of S. Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of the “abomination of desolation… standing in the holy place.” Those who read and understand know that this very thing has manifested itself in this period of apostasy which…

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

St Clement, Pope & Martyr; Com. Oct. St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dominus” Pope Saint Clement I, who was styled by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians (iv, 3) as his fellow laborer,” succeeded St. Cletus as Pope in the year 90. He is named third in the Canon of the Mass,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

St Cecilia, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquébar de testimóniis” It is believed that St. Cecilia was born in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D., although the dates of her birth and martyrdom are unknown. Tradition tells us that Cecilia was a Roman girl of a patrician family who had…

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

Feria of Sunday XXVI Post Pentecost; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” Easter being variable, the number of Sundays from Pentecost, to the first Sunday of Advent is, of course, variable also; but there cannot be less than twenty-three, nor more than twenty-eight. The Mass for the Last Sunday: after Pentecost…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Edmund King & Martyr

St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “In Virtute Tua” St Edmund was king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death. Almost nothing is known of Edmund. He is thought to be of East Anglian origin and was first mentioned in an annal of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, written some years after his death. His kingdom was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Pontian, Martyr

Pope, St Pontian, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Dates of birth and death unknown. The “Liber Pontificalis” (ed. Duchesne, I, 145) gives Rome as his native city and calls his father Calpurnius. With him begins the brief chronicle of the Roman bishops of the third century, of which the author of the Liberian Catalogue of the popes…