Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Wulstan of Worcester

St Wulstan, Bishop [Worcester] & Confessor; Commemoration of the Martyrs, Marus, Martha, Audifax and Abachum and St Canute King and Martyr: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Wulstan was the son of Athelstan and Wulfgeva. Even during his youth his piety had been noted, and he went on to study at the monasteries of Evesham and Peterborough. Once he…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Peter’s Chair at Rome

S. Peter’s Chair at Rome: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” Eleven years after the Ascension of our Blessed Lord, Saint Peter who had been appointed the head of the Church on earth by Christ Himself, transferred the seat of the Papacy from Antioch to Rome, where he preached the Faith and established his episcopal chair, and there the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Anthony, Abbot

S. Anthony, Abbot; Commemoration of Sunday II post Epiphany: Missa “Os justi” After St. Paul the Hermit, father of the Anchorites or hermits, the Christmas Cycle honours Saint Anthony, father of the Cenobites, who live in common. When he was 18, he retired into the Egyptian desert and led the life of a hermit. The devil,…

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

Pope Saint Marcellus I, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Nothing of Marcellus’ life before his papacy has survived the centuries. He became Pope at the end of the persecutions of Diocletian in aound 308-309. The persecutions had disrupted the Church so much that there had been a gap of over a year with no Pope. Once…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Paul the Hermit, Confessor and First Hermit

Saint Paul the Hermit, Confessor and First Hermit: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” Today is the feast of Saint Paul the Hermit, father of hermits, who had St. Jerome for his historian. Having become an orphan at the age of fifteen, he gave up his possessions and retired into a desert where a flourishing palm-tree, a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

S. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” After having persecuted the Church during the first centuries, the Christian, but at the same time heretical emperors, continued their attacks by supporting Arianism which denied the divinity of Christ. In the season after Epiphany, when Jesus affirms His divinity by His teaching…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of the Feast of the Epiphany

Octave Day of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The thoughts of the Church, today, are fixed on the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan, which is the second of the three Mysteries of the Epiphany. The Emmanuel manifested Himself to the Magi, after having shown Himself to the Shepherds; but…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day VII in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” Having laid their offerings at the feet of Jesus, as the sign of the alliance they had, in the name of all mankind, contracted with Him, and laden with His graces and blessings, the Magi take their…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day VI in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD; Commemoration of St. Hyginus Pope and Martyr: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The Magi were not satisfied with paying their adorations to the great King, whom Mary presented to them. After the example of the Queen of Saba, who paid her homage to the Prince of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day V in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The Magi have reached Bethlehem; the humble dwelling of the King of the Jews has been thrown open to them; there, says St. Matthew, they found the Child, with Mary His Mother (St. Matth. ii. 11). Falling down, they adore the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday in the Octave of the Epiphany

Mass is of the Sunday in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD with commemoration of the Octave: Missa “In excelso throno” From twelve years old, a Jew was bound each year to keep the three feasts of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. In the liturgy for Christmas-tide the whole of our…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day IV in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The Star foretold by Balaam having risen in the East, the three Magi, whose hearts were full of the expectation of the promised Redeemer, are immediately inflamed with the desire of going in search of Him. The announcement of the glad…