Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius of Loyola, Confessor: Missa “In Nomine Iesu” In the year 1521 a cannon ball fractured the left leg of Captain Ignatius Loyola, the future founder of the Jesuits. While he was convalescing, Ignatius read about Christ and His saints and thus turned wholly to God. He then undertook to equip himself for Christ’s service…

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….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Pantaleon, Martyr

S. Pantaleon, Martyr: Missa “Lætábitur justus in Dómino“ He was a physician of Nicomedia. His name signifies in the Greek “many shall obtain mercy” or “all-compassionate” (Panteleemon). According to legend he was the son of a rich pagan, Eustorgius of Nicomedia, and had been instructed in Christianity by his Christian mother, Eubula. Afterwards he became estranged…

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

St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Commemoration of the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the traditional name of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Anne. All our information concerning the names and lives of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents…

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: Today’s Mass; St Margaret of Antioch, Virgin Martyr

St Margaret of Antioch, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Me expectaverunt“ ST. MARGARET was the daughter of a pagan priest at Antioch. She lost her mother in infancy and was placed in the care of a nurse in the country, who was a Christian, and whose first care was to have her little charge Baptized and to give…