Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Aidan, Bishop & Confessor

St Aidan, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Aidan was an Irish monk from the monastery St.Columba had founded on the island of Iona. The Britons had been Christian before the Irish, since Britain, though not Ireland, was part of the Roman Empire. Some of the missionaries who first took the faith to Ireland were…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Rose of Lima

St Rose of Lima, Virgin: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Saint Rose, the first canonized saint of the New World, was born at Lima in 1586. She received the name of Isabella in Baptism, but one day her mother saw a beautiful rose drooping over the baby’s cradle and ever afterwards called her Rose. She was an obedient…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Decollation of St John the Baptist

The Beheading of St John the Baptist: Missa “Loquébar“ Besides the chief feast of St. John the Baptist, that of his nativity, the Church commemorates on the twenty-ninth of August, his glorious death and birth into Heaven. Ever since the Fourth Century in Africa, in the East, in Syria, and in many places all over the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Augustine of Hippo

St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo & Doctor of the Church; Com. of St Hermes: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ It was the combined efforts of two saints who had the greatest effects on the life of one of the great Doctors of the Church Saint Augustine of Hippo. Augustine’s mother Saint Monica played a major behind the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Joseph Calasanctius

Feast of St. Joseph Calasanctius (Calasanz), Confessor and Religious Founder: Missa “Venite” St. Joseph Calasanctius was born in Aragon in 1556. Having become a priest it was revealed to him that he should teach the children of the poor. He founded the Order of the Poor Clerks Regular of the Pious Schools of the Mother of…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr

Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr; commemoration of Sunday XIV Post Pentecost: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” The pontificate of this first third-century pope was to see a storm of heresy rage around the pontiff, who had to keep a firm hand on the tiller of Peter’s bark. According to the “Liber Pontificalis,” Zephyrinus was a Roman, the son of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bartholomew, Apostle

St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ The name “Bartholomew” appears in the New Testament only on lists of the names of the twelve apostles. This list normally is given as six pairs, and the third pair in each of the Synoptics is “Philip and Bartholomew” (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; but Acts 1:15)….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Philip Benizi, Confessor

Feast of St. Philip Benizi, Confessor; commemoration of the Vigil of St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit“ St. Philip Benizi was born in Florence on the feast of the Assumption in 1233. He was one of the first to profess the religious life as a Servite, and became general of the Order. With his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of The Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition [/Assumption]: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Blessed Mary lived, cared for by St. John, for twelve years after Our Lord’s Resurrection. Her life was spent in helping the Apostles and in praying for the conversion of the world. On the third day after Mary’s death, when the Apostles gathered around her tomb, they found it empty….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow; Commemoration of the Dormition of the BVM: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” Saint Jane Frances de Chantal was born in Dijon, France in 1572, the daughter of Benigne Fremyot, president of the parliament in Burgundy, and married at twenty to Baron Christopher de Chantal who died in 1601. Nobility and riches…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church; Com. Feria in the Octave of the Dormition: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ ERNARD was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy near Dijon, in 1090. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with the highest hopes, and the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Grandfather to Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour; Commemoration of Sunday XIII Post Pentecost and in the Octave of the Dormition of the BVM: Missa “Dispérsit“ On the Sunday within the Octave of the Dormition is honoured St Joachim, of the tribe of Juda and…