Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Alphege, Bishop Martyr

St Alphege, Bishop Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” [Transferred] Ælfheah, officially remembered by the name Alphege within some churches, and also called Elphege, Alfege, or Godwine, was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Winchester, later Archbishop of Canterbury. Archbishop and “the First Martyr of Canterbury.” He was born in 953 and became a monk in the Deerhurst Monastery in Gloucester,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Mark the Evangelist [Rogationtide]

St Mark, Evangelist: Missa “Protexisti” [Transferred and nothing of the Rogations this year due to Paschaltide] The feast of St. Mark was not regularly inserted into the Roman Calendar until about the Twelfth Century. This is explained by the original association of the commemorations of the saints with their tombs. Although St. Mark was among the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St George, Martyr, Patron of England

St George, Martyr, Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti” [Transferred from the 23rd due to Paschaltide] The feast of St. George is found in the Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, and Latin liturgies. The ancient “Georgia” is named after him. He is renowned as the armed defender of the Church, one who carried the trophies of victory over the…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Low Sunday

Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Station at the Church of St. Pancras in Rome. Low Sunday, so called in order to emphasize the contrast between the great Easter solemnity and the Sunday which ends the Octave, is also known as Quasimodo, from the first words of the Introit. (Not the hunchback of Notre Dame!) In…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saturday in Paschaltide I

Saturday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Edúxit Dóminus“ The conclusion today of the baptismal celebrations calls the neophytes together again in the Lateran Basilica beside the font in which on Easter Eve they were born to newness of life. Today’s stational liturgy seems to be influenced more than ever by the thought of purity and innocence, like…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Friday in Paschaltide I

Friday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Edúxit eos Dóminus“ In the Seventh Century the Roman Pantheon was dedicated to St. Mary and the heroic sons of the Roman Church, who had suffered martyrdom. The martyrs indeed seem to have a particular right to the glory of the Resurrection on account of their perfect resemblance to Christ crucified;…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday in Paschaltide I

Thursday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Victricem“ Station at the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome. Under the high altar of this church are preserved the relics of the Apostles Philip and James only; the stational feast is celebrated in honor of all the Apostles together. The Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles deals with…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St George, Martyr, Patron of England

St George, Martyr, Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. George is found in the Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, and Latin liturgies. The ancient “Georgia” is named after him. He is renowned as the armed defender of the Church, one who carried the trophies of victory over the enemy. Saint George (c. 275/281 – 23…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday in Paschaltide I

Wednesday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Venite, benedicti“ Station at the St. Laurence-Without-the-Walls. Today we honor St. Lawrence, the Cross-bearer of the Roman Church, to express our gratitude for the favor shown by him to the catechumens in bringing them to holy Baptism. The Gospel gives the account of the third appearance of the risen Savior to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday in Paschaltide I

Tuesday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Aqua sapiéntiæ potávit“ Station at the St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. After visiting St. Peter’s, it was fitting that the neophytes should at once be brought to the Doctor of the Gentiles, beside whose tomb they had learned the first rudiments of the new law of the Gospel. Therefore in the Lesson from the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monday in Paschaltide I

Monday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Introduxit vos Dominus“ Station at the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome. This Octave is entirely consecrated to the neophytes. The week was for them a continual feast, a spiritual feast; and they kept their white baptismal garments, which were not laid aside until the following Sunday (in albis deponendis). The…