Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs

SS. Abdon and Sennen, Martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu” Sts. Abdon and Sennen were Persians who, coming to Rome in the Third Century, courageously confessed the faith of Christ and were put to death in the persecution of Decius in 250. The emperor Decius, enemy of Christians, had defeated the king of Persia and become master…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; X Post Pentecost

Sunday X Post Pentecost; Commemoration of St Martha, Virgin & St. Felix and Companion Holy Martyrs: Missa “Dum clamárem” The Church gives us today a true notion of Christian humility. The liturgy reminds us that the humble soul is blessed to recognize its nothingness only on this condition Our sanctification is an impossible work if we undertake…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Pantaleon, Martyr

S. Pantaleon, Martyr: Missa “Lætábitur justus in Dómino“ He was a physician of Nicomedia. His name signifies in the Greek “many shall obtain mercy” or “all-compassionate” (Panteleemon). According to legend he was the son of a rich pagan, Eustorgius of Nicomedia, and had been instructed in Christianity by his Christian mother, Eubula. Afterwards he became estranged…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Anne, Mother of Mary

St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ What little we know about Saint Anne comes from the apocryphal Gospel of James (ca. 145 AD), also known as the Protoevangelium of James [PJ]. According to tradition, Anne (Hannah in Hebrew) was born in Bethlehem and married Joachim of Nazareth, both descendants of King…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St James the Greater, Apostle

St James the Greater, Apostle & Martyr; Commemoration of St Christopher, Martyr: Missa “Mihi autem“ Saint James the Greater was the son of Zebedee and Salome (Cf. Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40; 16:1). Zahn asserts that Salome was the daughter of a priest. James is styled “the Greater” to distinguish him from the Apostle James “the Less”,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr

St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr; Commemoration of the Vigil of St James the Great, Apostle: Missa “Me expectaverunt” Sussex was the last of the seven Saxon kingdoms to become officially Christian and east Sussex remained pagan longest of all. St Wilfrid of York, the Apostle of the South Saxons (ie the people of Sussex) several times experienced…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr

St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr; Commemoration st Liborious, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdótes Dei“ St. Apollinaris was the disciple of St. Peter, who preached the Gospel at Ravenna. He was one of the first great martyrs of the church. He was made Bishop of Ravenna by the Apostle himself. The miracles he wrought there soon attracted…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene; commemoration of Sunday IX Post Pentecost: Missa “Me exspectavérunt peccatóres” Saint Mary Magdalen was so called either from Magdala near Tiberias, on the west shore of Galilee, or possibly from a Talmudic expression meaning “curling women’s hair,” which the Talmud explains as of an adulteress. In the New Testament she is mentioned among…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Praxedis Virgin

S. Praxedis Virgin: Missa “Loquébar de testimóniis“ S. Praxedes according to her legend was a Roman maiden, the sister of St. Pudentiana, who, when the Emperor Marcus Antoninus was hunting down Christians, sought them out to relieve them with money, care, comfort and every charitable aid. Some she hid in her house, others she encouraged to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Jerome Emilliani, Confessor

Feast of St. Jerome Emilliani, Confessor commemoration of St Margaret of Antioch: Missa “Effúsum is” A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town and chained in a dungeon. In prison Jerome had a lot of time to think, and he gradually learned how to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Vincent de Paul, Confessor

St Vincent de Paul, Confessor: Missa “OS justi“ St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress in four years that a gentleman chose him as subpreceptor to his children, and he…