Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Septuagesima

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY Missa “Circumdederunt me” The venerated Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger comments on today’s Epistle with these words: “These stirring words of the apostle deepen the sentiments already produced in us by the sad recollections of which we are this day reminded. He tells us that this world is a race, wherein all must run; but…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday; Comm. Ss. Faustinus & Jovita, Martyrs: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was destined for her role in the history of our salvation (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Valentine, Martyr

S. Valentine, Martyr; Comm. Octave of S. Cuthman: Missa“In virtúte tua” Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday V Post Epiphany

Feria of Sunday V Post Epiphany; Comm. Octave of S. Cuthman: Missa“Adoráte Deum” Today the recurring theme of Our Lord’s miracles is reaffirmed through His doctrine which filled the Jews of Nazareth with wonder (Communion). Christ is our King for He welcomes not only Jews but also Gentiles into His kingdom. Called through pure mercy to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Benedict Biscop, Abbot

S. Benedict Biscop, Abbot; Comm. the Octave of S. Cuthman, Hermit & Confessor: Missa “Os justi” St Benedict Biscop (628-690) was a Northumbrian nobleman who embraced Christianity in the seventh century. Very well connected at the English Court, he used his influence and his wealth to promote Christian learning in the North East. A follower…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gilbert of Sempringham

S. Gilbert of Sempringham, Confessor; Comm. the Octave of S. Cuthman, Hermit & Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma” Son of the wealthy Norman knight Jocelin. When Gilbert showed no signs of becoming a soldier, his father exiled him to Paris, France to study. Gilbert returned to England as a master of arts, and opened a school…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday V Post Epiphany

Feria of Sunday V Post Epiphany; Comm. Octave of S. Cuthman: Missa“Adoráte Deum” Today the recurring theme of Our Lord’s miracles is reaffirmed through His doctrine which filled the Jews of Nazareth with wonder (Communion). Christ is our King for He welcomes not only Jews but also Gentiles into His kingdom. Called through pure mercy to…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday V Post Epiphany

Sunday V Post Epiphany; Comm. S. Apollonia Virgin Martyr; Comm. Octave of S. Cuthman: Missa“Adoráte Deum” Today the recurring theme of Our Lord’s miracles is reaffirmed through His doctrine which filled the Jews of Nazareth with wonder (Communion). Christ is our King for He welcomes not only Jews but also Gentiles into His kingdom. Called through…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Cuthman of Steyning

S. Cuthman, Hermit & Confessor; Patronal Festival: Missa “QUIS DABIT MIHI” Steyning in West Sussex is quite unique in having its most famous Saxon son’s legends thrive despite Norman attempts to obliterate his memory. Such was, and indeed is, St Cuthman’s  popularity that he has been accredited with several “miraculous” legends, usually incurring the wrath of god on…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday IV Post Epiphany

Feria of Sunday IV Post Epiphany: Missa “Adoráte Deum” The theme for the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany is that Jesus Our Lord commands the ungovernable forces in nature; the fury of the sea and the violence of the winds. He manifests in this act His Divinity and the Church takes a portion from St. Paul’s Epistle…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Dorothea of Caesarea, Virgin Martyr

St Dorothea of Caesarea, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Me expectaverunt“ According to her apocryphal tradition, Dorothy was a resident of Caesarea, Cappadocia, who when she refused to sacrifice to the gods during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, was tortured by the governor and ordered executed. On the way to the place of execution, she met a…

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

St Agatha, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr (Collect), was born in Sicily of noble parentage, but she estimated that for her the highest nobility would be to belong to Jesus, Whom she took as her Spouse (Gospel). Endowed with remarkable beauty, she had to resist the solicitations of the governor Quinitanus,…