Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” Saint Jerome was born in Dalmatia in 329. Even during his life he was renowned as a Doctor and interpreter of Holy Scripture. He defended Catholic teaching against many heresies; his chief aim was to be a perfect monk and before he would consent…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XVI Post Pentecost

Sunday XVI Post Pentecost: Missa “Miserére mihi” In the Gospel for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost the supernatural life of our souls requires that the grace of God should always go before us and accompany us (Collect). To Him therefore be glory (Epistle). It is He (Christ) Who heals our infirmities (Gospel), and Who is our…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs

SS. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs: Missa “Sapiéntiam” Early Christian physicians and martyrs whose feast is celebrated on 27 September. They were twins, born in Arabia, and practised the art of healing in the seaport Ægea, now Ayash (Ajass), on the Gulf of Iskanderun in Cilicia, Asia Minor, and attained a great reputation. They accepted no pay…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Cyprian & Justina, Martyrs

SS. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem iustorum” St. Cyprian was born to parents who worshipped idols. They taught him all kinds of wicked beliefs and superstitions. They even offered him to the Devil! What a terrible thing to do! Cyprian, having learned these wicked practices, did terrible crimes, blasphemed Christ, and committed secret murders!…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Ninian, Bishop & Confessor

St Ninian, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ This saint, who became the apostle of the southern Picts, was son to a prince among the Cumbrian Britons, who inhabited Cumberland and Galloway. From his cradle it seemed his only delight to visit churches, to discourse on heavenly things, and to be employed in exercises of…

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

Feria of Sunday XV Post Pentecost: Missa “Inclina, Domine” In the Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost the Mass reminds us that having received the Holy Ghost at the Feast of Pentecost and Jesus in Holy Communion, our souls and bodies should be moved by the Spirit and entirely obedient to the operation of…

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

Pope Saint Linus, Martyr; Commemoration of Saint Thecla, Virgin & Martyr:  Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Saint Linus was converted in Rome in the days when Saint Peter was preaching the Gospel there. This nobleman, originally from the city of Volterra in Tuscany, left his father and renounced his heritage, to practice with greater perfection the doctrine of Our…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Ss. Maurice & Companion Martyrs

Ss. Maurice & companion martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu” Today, September 22, we celebrate the feast of Saint Maurice (died 287), Martyr of the Church, and the Martyrs of the Theban Legion. This group of over 6600 Roman soldiers, led and inspired by Saint Maurice, were summarily executed for failing to sacrifice to idols and cut down…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist; Commemoration Sunday XV Post Pentecost: Missa “Os justi” Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, also called Levi, was sitting at his tax-collector’s desk in Caphernaum when he was called by Christ. He followed Him at once, and also gave a feast for Him and the other disciples. After the resurrection of Christ, while…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; September Ember Saturday

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Septembris; Commemoration In Vigilia S. Matthew Apostle: Missa “Veníte, adorémus” The Ember Saturday of September is a traditional day for ordinations, although it is historically of less prominence than other such days in the liturgical year. The sublime function, to which the faithful owe their fathers and guides in the spiritual life, has,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; September Ember Friday

September Ember Friday; Commemoration of St. Eustace & Companions: Missa “Lætétur cor“ For the fourth time in Her year, Holy Church comes claiming from Her children the tribute of penance, which, from the earliest ages of Christianity, was looked upon as a solemn consecration of the seasons. The Quatuor Tempora (Four Times) include the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday…