Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas, Apostle

St Thomas, Apostle; Com. Feria of Advent III: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Thomas, called Didymus, that is “the twin,” was probably a Galilean of lowly condition and a fisherman. He was chosen to be one of the apostles in the year 31, as can be determined from the mention of his name in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Advent Ember Friday

Feria VI Quattuor Temporum in Adventu; O Clavis David: Missa “Prope es tu, Dómine“ The solemn fast of the three days in Ember Week originally peculiar to the Roman Church, was afterwards borrowed by the other Latin dioceses. Pope St. Leo I explains the Ember Days saying that especially at the end of the year it…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Centenary Requiem

Centenary Requiem Mass for Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew: Missa “Requiem aeternam“ On this day, the 19th December 1919, His Grace, Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew reposed in the Lord. His Grace was instrumental in the preservation and continuance of the orthodox Catholic Faith in the west. At the time of his death, Archbishop Bernard Mary Williams,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of The Expectation of the BVM

The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Rorate caeli desuper“ This feast, which in recent times has been kept not only throughout the whole of Spain, but also in many other parts of the Catholic world, owes its origin to the bishops of the 10th Council of Toledo, in 656. These prelates thought that there…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria III of Advent III

Feria III of the Third Sunday of Advent: Missa “Gaudéte“ Truly we should rejoice in the Lord: Gaudéte in Dómino. This is introduced in the Introit and carried throughout the Mass, especially the Epistle where St. Paul tells the Philippians, “The Lord is nigh, rejoice in the Lord.” We pray that our faith and hope in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Eusebius, Bishop and Martyr

S. Eusebius, Bishop and Martyr; Commemoration of the Feria of Advent III: Missa “Sacerdotes Dei“ Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine proclaimed Christianity the state religion, believing this would end the bloodshed and martyrdom. But it was all too short a time until they were facing persecution once more — from others…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent III

Third Sunday of Advent; Commemoration of Octave Day of the Conception of the BVM: Missa “Gaudéte“ On this day the Church urges us to gladness in the middle of this time of expectation and penitence: the coming of Jesus approaches more and more. This Sunday is called “Gaudete” (Rejoice) from the first word of the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of the Conception of the BVM

Day VII in the Octave of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; com. Saturday of Sunday Advent II: Missa “Salve Sancta” The feast speaks to us, by example of the Blessed Virgin, of the uniqueness of our individual creation – God’s conception of us in His eternal mind and His purposing us by our…

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

St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr; Commemoration of the feria in the Octave of the Conception of the BVM and of the Second Sunday of Advent: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Hagiography states that Saint Lucy was a Christian martyr during the Diocletian persecution. According to apocryphal texts, the beautiful Lucia was born to a prosperous family of nobility in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Damasus I, Pope & Confessor

St Damasus I Pope & Confessor; Comm. Octave of the Conception of the BVM and the IV Feria of Advent II: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus“ On Pope Liberius’ death, riots broke out over the election of a successor. The majority favored Damasus, who was born in Rome of Spanish descent.  Damasus was a sixty-year-old deacon when he…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of the Conception of the BVM

Day III in the Octave of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; St Melchiades of Rome, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Salve Sancta” The feast speaks to us, by example of the Blessed Virgin, of the uniqueness of our individual creation – God’s conception of us in His eternal mind and His purposing us by…