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

Feria of Sunday VII Post Pentecost; Comm. St Pantaleon, Martyr: Missa “Omnes gentes“ For the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, quite possibly the most powerful of affirmations is given by our Lord and Savior that it isn’t that difficult to tell who are the false prophets and heretics for by their fruits we shall know them. There…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs

SS. Abdon and Sennen, Martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu” Sts. Abdon and Sennen were Persians who, coming to Rome in the Third Century, courageously confessed the faith of Christ and were put to death in the persecution of Decius in 250. The emperor Decius, enemy of Christians, had defeated the king of Persia and become master…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Martha, Virgin

St Martha, Virgin: Commemoration of St. Felix and Companion Holy Martyrs; Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Saint Martha , whose feast we celebrate today, is mentioned by name only in Luke 10:38-42; and John 11, 12, sqq. The Aramaic form occurs in a Nabatæan inscription found at Puteoli, and now in the Naples Museum; it is dated A.D. 5…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Sunday VII Post Pentecost

Sunday VII Post Pentecost; Comm. St Pantaleon, Martyr: Missa “Omnes gentes“ For the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, quite possibly the most powerful of affirmations is given by our Lord and Savior that it isn’t that difficult to tell who are the false prophets and heretics for by their fruits we shall know them. There is nothing…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Anne, Mother of Mary

St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Mother of Our Lady. Grandmother of Jesus Christ. Wife of Saint Joachim. Tradition says that Anne was quite elderly when Mary was born, and that she was their only child. The belief that Anne remained a virgin in the conception and birth of Mary was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St James the Greater, Apostle

St James the Greater, Apostle & Martyr: Missa “Mihi autem” Saint James the Greater was the son of Zebedee and Salome (Cf. Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40; 16:1). Zahn asserts that Salome was the daughter of a priest. James is styled “the Greater” to distinguish him from the Apostle James “the Less”, who was probably shorter of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr

St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Me expectaverunt“ Sussex was the last of the seven Saxon kingdoms to become officially Christian and east Sussex remained pagan longest of all. St Wilfrid of York, the Apostle of the South Saxons (ie the people of Sussex) several times experienced their extreme ferocity. There is no early evidence to support…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr

St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Sacerdótes Dei“ St. Apollinaris was the disciple of St. Peter, who preached the Gospel at Ravenna. He was one of the first great martyrs of the church. He was made Bishop of Ravenna by the Apostle himself. The miracles he wrought there soon attracted official attention, for they and his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene: Missa “Me exspectavérunt peccatóres” Saint Mary Magdalen was so called either from Magdala near Tiberias, on the west shore of Galilee, or possibly from a Talmudic expression meaning “curling women’s hair,” which the Talmud explains as of an adulteress. In the New Testament she is mentioned among the women who accompanied Christ and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Praxedis Virgin

S. Praxedis Virgin: Missa “Loquébar de testimóniis“ S. Praxede was sister of S. Potentian which were the sisters of the SS. Donatus and Timothy, which were informed in the faith of the apostles. And when the cruel persecution was of many christian men, that were martyred and slain, they buried the bodies of the holy martyrs,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; VI Post Pentecost

Sunday VI Post Pentecost: Comm. S. Margaret of Antioch, Virgin Martyr; Missa “Dóminus fortitúdo“ Holy Mother Church reminds us today of the effects of the two great Sacraments: Baptism and the Eucharist, which she has conferred at Easter and Whitsunday. Her mind being still occupied with the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, which she has…