Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Andrew Prōtoklētos, Apostle

St Andrew “the First-called”, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ Saint Andrew, whose feast day is November 30th, is the patron saint for fishermen. Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Advent I

Feria of the First Sunday of Advent; Commemoration of the Vigil of St Andrew, Apostle: Missa “Ad te levavi” This first Sunday of Advent or The Fourth before Christmas is the first day of the Liturgical Year. The Mass prepares us this day for the double coming (adventus) of mercy and justice. That is why…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Advent I

Feria of the First Sunday of Advent: Missa “Ad te levavi” This first Sunday of Advent or The Fourth before Christmas is the first day of the Liturgical Year. The Mass prepares us this day for the double coming (adventus) of mercy and justice. That is why St. Paul tells us, in the Epistle, to…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent I

The First Sunday of Advent: Missa “Ad te levavi” This first Sunday of Advent or The Fourth before Christmas is the first day of the Liturgical Year. The Mass prepares us this day for the double coming (adventus) of mercy and justice. That is why St. Paul tells us, in the Epistle, to cast off…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: S. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop Martyr

S. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund: Missa “In virtúte tua” Saint Peter illustriously occupied the throne of Alexandria for twelve years, and, as Eusebius says, “was a divine example of a bishop on account of the excellence of his life and his study of the Sacred Scriptures” (see Eusebius, Eccl. Hist.,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr

St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” The legend of St. Catherine of Alexandria is unsupported by solid historical authority. Devotion to her began in the West about the Eleventh Century and was widely spread by the Crusaders. We have still much to learn about…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Chrysogonus, Martyr

S. Chrysogonus, Martyr: Missa “In virtúte“ Today is the feast of Saint Chrysogonus who was imprisoned at Rome in the fourth century, during the reign of Diocletian. There he lived for the space of two years upon the alms of that holy Anastasia, the daughter of the Roman noble Praetextatus, who, along with Chrysogonus, is mentioned in the…

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

St Clement, Pope & Martyr; Com. Oct. St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dominus” Pope Saint Clement I, who was styled by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians (iv, 3) as his fellow laborer,” succeeded St. Cletus as Pope in the year 90. He is named third in the Canon of the Mass,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

St Cecilia, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquébar de testimóniis” It is believed that St. Cecilia was born in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D., although the dates of her birth and martyrdom are unknown. Tradition tells us that Cecilia was a Roman girl of a patrician family who had…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple [Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ In Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is one of the days when women named Mary (Μαρία in Greek) and Despoina (Δέσποινα in Greek) celebrate their Name Day. It was celebrated in the East as early…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; XXIV & Last Post Pentecost

Ultimate Sunday Post Pentecost: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of the “abomination of desolation… standing in the holy place.” Those who read and understand know that this very thing has manifested itself in this period of apostasy which gives us an indication of the very times we are living in, knowing that…

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…