Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Holy Tuesday

Holy Tuesday: Missa “Nos autem” Station at the Church of St. Prisca in Rome . This was one of the 25 parishes of Rome in the fifth century. The Epistle, Gradual, Offertory and Communion are a perfect adaptation of the passages in the Old Testament to Christ persecuted. He is ‘the meek lamb that is carried to…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Holy Monday

Holy Monday: Missa “Judica Domine” Station at the Church of St. Praxedes. This is the church where the precious Pillar of Flagellation was brought from the Holy Land by the Crusaders along with three thorns from the Crown of Thorns. Under Pope Paschalis I many relics of numerous martyrs were brought to this church. In the…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Palm Sunday would be in any case a great and holy day, as it commemorates the last triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and opens the Holy Week. On this day, the Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, when the multitude, going before and following after Him,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saturday Passiontide I

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserere mei” Today’s Station on this day before Palm Sunday is at the Church of St. John’s Before The Latin Gate. Remember that St John the Apostle and Evangelist endured but did not succumb to martyrdom. Until Maunday Thursday, in masses of the season, the Psalm Judica me…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Friday Passiontide I

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserére mihi “ The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Stephen on Monte Celio. This church of the great proto-martyr was chosen as the place where the faithful were to assemble on the Friday of Passion week. Until Maunday Thursday, in masses of the season, the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday Passiontide I

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Omnia, quae fecisti” The Collecta for this day is at Sta. Maria “in Via Lata.” Under the high altar of Sta. Maria is preserved with all veneration the body of St. Agapitus, the famous martyr of Praeneste (Palestrina), together with some relics of St. Cyriacus, the martyr of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Annunciation

FEAST of the ANNUNCIATION: Missa “Vultum Tuum” This feast, prepared by that of St. Gabriel (March 24), recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of our Lord (Gospel) in the womb of a Virgin (Epistle). On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to itself for ever the humanity of Jesus. March 25th…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday Passiontide I

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Exspecta Dominum” Station at St. Cyriacus in Rome at the Baths of Diocletian. Until Maunday Thursday, in masses of the season, the Psalm Judica me Psalm 42 is omitted as well as the Gloria Patri after the Introit and the Lavabo. A very ancient regulation prohibited the procession…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monday Passiontide I

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent: “Miserére mihi” Station is at St. Chrysogonus’ Church in Trastevere across the Tiber. This was the titular church of Pope Leo XIII when he was still a Cardinal. St. Chrysogonus is one of the saints invoked in the Canon of the Mass. Until Maunday Thursday, in masses of the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Passion Sunday

Sunday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Judica me” With Passion Sunday the Season of Passiontide has begun and today’s Mass is full of the thought of the Passion of Jesus and of the infidelity of the Jews, whose place in the Kingdom of God was taken by those who were baptized; that is to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saturday Lent IV

Saturday in the Fourth Week of Lent: Missa “Sitiéntes” The Collecta today is at the Church of St. Angelius “in piscibus.” The gathering of the faithful today was near the fish market; the church was in existence before the Eighth Century. The seven martyred sons of St. Symphorosa repose here. The Station is at St. Nicholas in…

Station Friday Lent IV: Statio ad St Eusebium

O God, who by the means of Thy transcendent Sacraments givest the world new life, grant, we pray Thee, that Thy Church may pursue the path of Thy eternal ordinances and be not deprived of temporal help: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Eusebius, priest of Rome, who suffered for…