Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sexagesima

Sexagesima Sunday Missa “Exsurge, quare obdormis” Sexagesima /sɛksəˈdʒɛsɨmə/, or, in full, Sexagesima Sunday, is the name for the second Sunday before Ash Wednesday in the Gregorian Rite liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, and also in that of some Protestant denominations, particularly those with Anglican and Lutheran origins. The name “Sexagesima” is derived from…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bathildis, Queen

S. Bathildis (Batilde), Queen: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” Wife of Clovis II, King of France, time and place of birth unknown; d. January; 680. According to some chronicles she came from England and was a descendant of the Anglo-Saxon kings, but this is a doubtful statement. It is certain that she was a slave in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria VI of Septuagesima

Feria VI of Septuagesima: Missa “Circumdederunt me” The three Sundays preceding Ash Wednesday are called SEPTUAGESIMA, SEXAGESIMA and QUINQUAGESIMA, which mean, respectively, the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth day, that is, before Easter. Why, from this day until Easter, does the Church omit in her service all joyful canticles, alleluia’s, and the Gloria in excelsis etc?…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Agnes Virgin and Martyr

S. Agnes Virgin & Martyr (Octave Day): Missa “Vultum tuum” As it coincided with her “octave day” a legend grew, saying that Agnes appeared on this day to her parents praying at her tomb, surrounded by a “bevy of virgins” (Introit), resplendent with light. “On her right hand was a lamb whiter than snow: it was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

S. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” The holy Patriarch of Constantinople received his surname “Chrysostom (golden mouth)” because he was the most eloquent preacher and the most prolific writer of the Greek Church. He was persecuted by the empress Eudoxia and her courtiers. He died in exile A.D….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

S. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Sacerdotes Dei“ Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, was a disciple of Saint John. He wrote to the Philippians, exhorting them to mutual love and to hatred of heresy. When the apostate Marcion met Saint Polycarp at Rome, he asked the aged Saint if he knew him. “Yes,” Saint Polycarp…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Since the 8th century the feast of the conversion of St. Paul has been set apart by the Church to return thanks to almighty God for His act of grace in bringing the future apostle to the Faith. After the miracle of Christ’s Resurrection no…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Septuagesima

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY; Commemoration of S. Timothy, Bishop and Martyr Missa “Circumdederunt me” The venerated Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger comments on today’s Epistle with these words: “These stirring words of the apostle deepen the sentiments already produced in us by the sad recollections of which we are this day reminded. He tells us that this world is…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Sunday III Post Epiphany

Sunday III Post Epiphany; Commemoration of St Emerentiana, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Adoráte Deum” The Third Sunday after Epiphany is anticipated today because tomorrow is Septuagesima and there will not be room post Pentecost to keep this Office of Epiphany III. Today is also the last day that the Alleluia will be sung as we enter into the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Vincent & Anastasius, Martyrs

SS. Vincent & Anastasius, Martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu tuo” Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon (also known as Vincent of Aragon) Born in Huesca, Spain; died January 22, 304. He was educated and ordained a deacon by Bishop Saint Valerius of Saragossa with the commission to preach (White). (Gill confusingly says: “As a young priest he served Valerius, Bishop of Saragossa,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Agnes Virgin and Martyr

S. Agnes Virgin and Martyr: Missa “Me exspectaverunt peccatores” Martyred for her faith at the early age of twelve, Saint Agnes was one of the youngest-known named martyrs in the Communion of Saints. She was born into a wealthy Roman aristocratic family and was remarkable for her beauty as a child. But the true beauty was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Fabian & Sebastian, Martyrs

SS. Fabian & Sebastian, Martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu tuo” Pope Saint Fabian was a layman when elected pope, a position he held from January 10, 236 until his martyrdom on January 20, 250. St Sebastian died in 288 under Diocletian. From the Roman Breviary: “Fabian was a Roman, and sat as Pope from the reign of the Emperor…