Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Edmund King & Martyr

St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “In Virtute Tua” St Edmund was king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death. Almost nothing is known of Edmund. He is thought to be of East Anglian origin and was first mentioned in an annal of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, written some years after his death. His kingdom was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Pontian, Martyr

Pope, St Pontian, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Dates of birth and death unknown. The “Liber Pontificalis” (ed. Duchesne, I, 145) gives Rome as his native city and calls his father Calpurnius. With him begins the brief chronicle of the Roman bishops of the third century, of which the author of the Liberian Catalogue of the popes…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Hugh of Lincoln

St Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” Hugh of Lincoln was the son of William, Lord of Avalon. He was born at Avalon Castle in Burgundy and was raised and educated at a convent at Villard-Benoit after his mother died when he was eight. He was professed at fifteen, ordained a deacon at nineteen,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Edmund Rich

St. Edmund Rich of Canterbury, Confessor Bishop: Missa “Gaudeamus“ Popular Archbishop of Canterbury who battled for discipline and justice, also called Edmund of Abingdon. Born in Abingdon, on November 30, 1180. he studied at Oxford, England, and in Paris, France. He taught art and mathematics at Oxford and was ordained. He spent eight years teaching…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XXV Post Pentecost

Lections from the Sunday VI Post Epiphany: Missa “Dicit Dóminus: Ego cógito cogitatiónes pacis“ Our Mother, the Church, is imbued with the word of Christ, and is admirably represented by the three measures of meal, which the energy of fermentation wholly leavened and by the mustard tree, the greatest of its kind, where the birds of heaven…

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

St Erconwald, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Bishop of London, died about 690. He belonged to the princely family of the East Anglian Offa, and devoted a considerable portion of his patrimony to founding two monasteries, one for monks at Chertsey, and the other for nuns at Barking in Essex. Over the latter he…

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

Propers from the Feria of Sunday V Post Epiphany: Missa “Dicit Dóminus: Ego cógito cogitatiónes pacis“ Today the recurring theme of Our Lord’s miracles is reaffirmed through His doctrine which filled the Jews of Nazareth with wonder (Communion). Christ is our King for He welcomes not only Jews but also Gentiles into His kingdom. Called through pure…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Martin I, Martyr

Pope, St Martin I, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Martin I lay too sick to fight on a couch in front of the altar when the soldiers burst into the Lateran basilica. He had come to the church when he heard the soldiers had landed. But the thought of kidnapping a sick pope from the house of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Martin of Tours

St Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor; Com. St Mennas, Martyr: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” The story and history of Saint Martin of Tours. When a mere boy, Martin became a Christian catechumen against his parents’ wish; and at fifteen was therefore seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army. One winter’s…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Tryphon & Companion Martyrs

St Tryphon, with Respicius and Nympha, Martyrs: Missa “Clamaverunt” In the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia, Italy, are enshrined the relicks of the three Martyrs commemorated on November 10. About the year 250, during the reign of the Emperor Decius, one Tryphon strove by preaching the Faith of Jesus Christ to bring all men…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour

Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour – the Lateran; commemoration of St Theodore the Recruit, Martyr: Missa “Terribilis est” As one of the four principle basilicas of Rome and one of the seven pilgrim churches, Rome’s Cathedral of St. John, the Basilica of Our Divine Savior is dedicated to both St. John…