Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas, Apostle

St Thomas, Apostle; Com. Feria II of Advent IV: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Thomas, called Didymus, that is “the twin,” was probably a Galilean of lowly condition and a fisherman. He was chosen to be one of the apostles in the year 31, as can be determined from the mention of his name in…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent IV

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Missa “Rorate, coeli,” Whereas the Church during the whole year offers her prayers to God the Father in union with Jesus Christ, during Advent she addresses herself directly to the Word, and not to the Word Incarnate, as is shown by today’s Collect. Only on the Second Sunday does she entreat God…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass: Ember Saturday in Advent

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Adventus: Missa “Veni, et osténde” Today is Ember Saturday in Advent. It is a day of Fast and Partial Abstinence as we prepare for one week from today the coming of the Lord. Today is a Major Feria, not Privileged Station at St. Peter‘s. In the first ages ordinations took place in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Advent Ember Friday

Feria VI Quattuor Temporum in Adventu; O Adonai: Missa “Prope es tu, Dómine“ The solemn fast of the three days in Ember Week originally peculiar to the Roman Church, was afterwards borrowed by the other Latin dioceses. Pope St. Leo I explains the Ember Days saying that especially at the end of the year it is…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria V of Advent III

Feria V of the Third Sunday of Advent; O Sapientia: Missa “Gaudéte“ Truly we should rejoice in the Lord: Gaudéte in Dómino. This is introduced in the Introit and carried throughout the Mass, especially the Epistle where St. Paul tells the Philippians, “The Lord is nigh, rejoice in the Lord.” We pray that our faith and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Advent Ember Wednesday

Feria Quarta Quattuor Temporum Adventus: Missa “Roráte, Cœlí“ On the Wednesday of Ember Week in Advent, the Mystery of the Annunciation is commemorated by many Churches. The Mass is sung early in the morning. That Mass is sometimes called the Golden Mass, Roráte Mass or Messias Mass. On that occasion the Church is illuminated as a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of the Conception of the BVM

Octave Day of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Comm. Feria III of Advent III: Missa “Salve Sancta” Holy Mother Church celebrates the octave day of the ancient feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. An innovation in 1854 by Pope Pius IX altered the title and Mass of the feast adding the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria II of Advent III

Feria II of the Third Sunday of Advent: Missa “Gaudéte“ Truly we should rejoice in the Lord: Gaudéte in Dómino. This is introduced in the Introit and carried throughout the Mass, especially the Epistle where St. Paul tells the Philippians, “The Lord is nigh, rejoice in the Lord.” We pray that our faith and hope in…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent III

Third Sunday of Advent; Commemoration of St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr & of the Octave of the Conception of the BVM: Missa “Gaudéte“ On this day the Church urges us to gladness in the middle of this time of expectation and penitence: the coming of Jesus approaches more and more. This Sunday is called “Gaudete” (Rejoice) from the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Advent II

Feria of the Second Sunday of Advent; Commemoration of the Octave of the Conception of the BVM: Missa “Populus Sion”: Missa “Populus Sion” For the Second Sunday of Advent numerous references appear to Jerusalem and her people beginning with the Introit “People of Sion” for Jesus Christ will be the deliverer and and the shepherd of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria VI of Advent II

Feria VI of the Second Sunday of Advent; Commemoration of St Damasus I Pope & Confessor and of the Octave of the Conception of the BVM: Missa “Populus Sion” For the Second Sunday of Advent numerous references appear to Jerusalem and her people beginning with the Introit “People of Sion” for Jesus Christ will be the deliverer…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria V of Advent II

Feria V of the Second Sunday of Advent; Commemoration of St. Melchiades, Pope & Martyr and of the Octave of the Conception of the BVM: Missa “Populus Sion” For the Second Sunday of Advent numerous references appear to Jerusalem and her people beginning with the Introit “People of Sion” for Jesus Christ will be the deliverer and and…