Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Within the Octave of the Ascension

Feria Within the Octave of the Ascension; Comm. St Petronilla, Virgin & Octave of St Augustine of Canterbury: Missa “Viri Galilaei” The reality of Christ’s Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, that “He ascended into heaven, sits at…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Within the Octave of the Ascension

Feria Within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Viri Galilaei” The reality of Christ’s Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, that “He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ascension Day

Ascension Day: Missa “Viri Galilaei” Station at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Forty days after the Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ, attended by Angels, ascended into Heaven, in the sight of His most holy Mother Mary, His Apostles, and disciples, to the great wonder of them all. He entered into possession of the Kingdom of Heaven…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Vigil of the Ascension/Rogation Wednesday

Vigil of the Ascension; Rogation Wednesday: Missa “Vocem iucunditátis” This station at the Vatican Basilica on the last day of the Rogations was instituted out of veneration for the tomb of the Apostle, and in order to assimilate as far as possible the lesser litanies to the greater ones of April 25 which ended at the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Rogation Tuesday

Rogation Tuesday: Missa “Exaudivit” “Rogation” comes from the Latin “rogare,” which means “to ask,” and “Rogation Days” are days during which we seek to ask God’s mercy, appease His anger, avert His chastisements manifest through natural disasters, and ask for His blessings, particularly with regard to farming, gardening, and other agricultural pursuits. They are set aside…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Aldhelm, Bishop Confessor

St Aldhelm, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. Sunday V Easter & S. Urban Pope & Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Aldhelm was born in Wessex, in AD 639. He was apparently a ‘nephew’ of King Ine, probably, in fact, a cousin of some kind. His father’s name was Centa, and it has been suggested that this was a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: 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 of Adam, so also Mary…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Easter IV

Feria Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantáte Domino” Today is the Feria of the previous Sunday, which is the Fourth Sunday After Easter. During this Paschaltide the Church exalts the justice of God (Introit, Gospel), which is made manifest in the triumph of Christ and in that of His Mystical Bride – the Church. “The right…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Easter IV

Feria Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantáte Domino” Today is the Feria of the previous Sunday, which is the Fourth Sunday After Easter. During this Paschaltide the Church exalts the justice of God (Introit, Gospel), which is made manifest in the triumph of Christ and in that of His Mystical Bride – the Church. “The right…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Godric the Hermit, Confessor

Saint Godric the Hermit, Confessor and First Hermit: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” Since literature was long the domain of aristocrats and clerics, we sometimes miss direct early accounts of merchant’a lives. One merchant, Goderic, became a saint and hence we do have an account of his life. This holy man’s father was named Ailward, and his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ethelbert, King & Confessor

St. Ethelbert, Confessor, First Christian King among the English & Confessor: Missa “Os justi“ HE was king of Kent, the fifth descendant from Hengist, who first settled the English Saxons in Britain, in 448, and the foundation of whose kingdom is dated in 455. Ethelbert married, in his father’s life-time, Bertha, the only daughter of Charibert,…