Carissimi: Today’s Mass; All Hallows Eve

Vigil of All Saints: Missa “Júdicant sancti gentes” In several traditional chapels today, there is the observance of the Vigil of All Saints for All Hallows Eve. This day was actually established to honor the many martyrs who gave their lives for Christ and His Church. Evolved through the centuries, this explains why this feast is…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; IV Resumed Sunday after Epiphany

IV Resumed Sunday after Epiphany: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” Easter being variable, the number of Sundays from Pentecost to the First Sunday of Advent is, of course, variable also; but there cannot be less than twenty-three, nor more than twenty-eight. The Mass for the Last Sunday after Pentecost is always said on the Sunday preceding Advent. If there…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was destined for her role in the history of our salvation (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall of Adam, so also Mary…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

SS Simon & Jude, Apostles: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” On this day we celebrate two Apostles Saint Simon and Saint Jude Thaddeus, most probably because some historians have them being martyred together. The name of Simon occurs in all the passages of the Gospel and Acts, in which a list of the Apostles is given. To…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Tomorrow the Church celebrates the feast of SS. Simon and Jude whose names occur together in the Canon of the Mass and are also celebrated on the same day. Possibly this is because they both preached the Gospel in Mesopotamia and Persia where it is…

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

Pope, St Evaristus, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” St. Evaristus was the son of a Greek Jew, originally from Bethlehem, and was the sixth Pope of the Catholic Church. He is traditionally considered a martyr, but there is no documentation of the event. He is buried in the Vatican, near Saint Peter. Saint Evaristus succeeded Saint Anacletus…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. John of Beverley

St John of Beverley, Bishop Confessor, Com. SS Chrysanthus & Daria, Martyrs: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” John was one of the leaders of the Northumbrian Church following the conversion of the North to Christianity in the 620s and 630s. According to later tradition he was born at Harpham near Driffield, and he was certainly Bishop of Hexham…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Raphael the Archangel

Feast of Saint Raphael the Archangel: Missa “Benedicite Dominum” “It is God who heals”, “God Heals”, “God, Please Heal,” performs all manners of healing. The name of the angel Raphael appears only in the Biblical Book of Tobit. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of Tobit’s son, Tobiah calling himself “Azarias the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XXIII Post Pentecost

Sunday XXIII Post Pentecost: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” In today’s Gospel, Jesus confounds the Pharisees, His enemies, who more than ever are compassing His ruin. His reply is full of divine wisdom. The Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Philippians illustrates how destruction is the end of those who are enemies of the Cross, and those…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was destined for her role in the history of our salvation (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall of Adam, so also Mary…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Hilarion, Abbot

St. Hilarion, Abbot; Commemoration; St. Ursula and Her Companions, Virgins: Missa “Os justi” Hilarion (291–371) was an anchorite who spent most of his life in the desert according to the example of Anthony the Great. The life of Hilarion was written by Jerome in 390 at Bethlehem. Its object was to further the ascetic life to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of St Edward, King & Confessor

Octave Day of St Edward, King & Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Edward was born in 1003. He was the last Saxon king to rule (for more than a few months) in England. He is called “Edward the Confessor” to distinguish him from another King of England, Edward the Martyr (c962-979), who was assassinated (presumably by someone who…