Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Commemoration of St Paul, Apostle

St Paul, Apostle; Commemoration of the Octave of SS Peter and Paul & Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Whereas the Greeks on this day are uniting in one solemnity the memory, as they express it, “of the illustrious Saints, the Twelve Apostles, worthy of all praise,” let us…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs

SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Nunc scio vere“ Today’s Double of the First Class Feast has a Common Octave with two stations, the one at St. Peter’s, the other at St. Paul’s. On June 29 A.D. 67, St. Peter was crucified, head downward, by order…

Carissimi:Today’s Mass; St Irenaeus Bishop & Martyr

St Irenaeus Bishop & Martyr; Comm. Vigil of the holy Apostles Peter & Paul and the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Lex veritátis“ Information as to the life of the holy Father of the Church Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, is scarce, and in some measure inexact. He was born in Proconsular…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help; commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Gaudeamus“ The earliest written account of the image comes from a Latin and Italian plaque placed in the church of San Matteo in Via Merulana where it was first venerated by the public in 1499. The writer of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS John & Paul, Martyrs

SS John & Paul, Martyrs; Commemoration of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Multæ tribulatiónes“ Saints John and Paul were Roman soldiers who were Christians as well. They were martyred at Rome on 26 June. The year of their martyrdom is uncertain according to their Acts, it occurred under Julian the Apostate (361-3). In the second…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. William of Vercelli, Abbot

S. William of Vercelli, Abbot; Comm. the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Os justi” St. William was born in 1085 at Vercelli in the Piedmont region of Italy of noble and wealthy parents. When he was still very young, he determined to renounce the world and become a hermit. He…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; The Nativity of St John the Baptist

The Nativity of St John the Baptist; Commemoration of the Fifth Sunday Post Pentecost: Missa “De ventre matris“ The Precursor of Christ was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb. After an austere life as a hermit, he announced the Advent of Christ, preached penitence, and baptized in the Jordan. He was beheaded…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Etheldreda Queen, Virgin, Abbess

St. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess; commemoration of the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Missa “Dilexisti” Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Vigil of the Nativity of holy St John the Baptist, the Forerunner: Missa “Ne tímeas, Zacharía“ he Birth of St. John the Baptist is one of the most ancient of all the Church’s feasts; it is mentioned several times by St. Augustine in his sermons, and in a Martyrology written around 440 A.D. and falsely attributed…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

S.  Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium around the end of the 3rd century, gave shelter to an itinerant Christian priest, later called Amphibalus. Impressed by what he heard Alban was converted to Christianity by him. When a…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Sunday IV Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday IV Post Pentecost: Missa “Dóminus illuminátio mea“ The liturgy Inspires us with confidence In God in the midst of the struggles, sufferings and calamities of this life. There is no greater consolation under crosses and afflictions, no more powerful support in the adversities of a pious and virtuous life, than the thought that all…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Silverius Pope & Martyr

S. Silverius Pope & Martyr: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ SILVERIUS was son of Pope Hermisdas, who had been married before he entered the ministry. Upon the death of St. Agapetas, after a vacancy of forty-seven days, Silverius, then subdeacon, was chosen Pope, and ordained on the 8th of June, 536. Theodora, the empress of Justinian,…