Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Lent II

Second Sunday of Lent: Missa “Reminiscere” Let the sight of the grandeur of Jesus transfigured prepare us for the contemplation shortly of the humiliation of His Passion. In St. John’s Gospel (I: 51), our Lord applies the vision of Jacob’s ladder to Himself, to show that in the midst of the persecutions of which He was the…

Station Sunday Lent II: Statio ad S Mariam in Domnica

O God, who seest that we are wholly destitute of strength, protect us inwardly and outwardly, so that our bodies may be safeguarded from all misfortune and our minds cleansed of evil thoughts; through Our Lord… Sitting quietly by the side of the busy Via della Navicella, the Basilica of St. Mary in Domnica holds the distinction…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ember Saturday in Lent

Ember Saturday in Lent: Missa“Reminíscere” The Station for the Saturday of Ember Week is always at the great basilica erected by Constantine and rebuilt by the Popes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on the hill of the Vatican on the spot where St. Peter died on the cross and where his body rests. Besides the…

Ember Saturday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum

We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers of thy people; and of thy great goodness turn aside from them the scourges of thine anger: through Our Lord… St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) built by Constantine in 323, the basilica was erected over the place where St. Peter was buried, it is a major…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Ember Friday in Lent

Ember Friday in Lent: Missa “De necessitátibús meis eripe me, Dómine” The church built by Pope Mark (337-40) is reckoned among the first erected in Rome. It is possible that the dedication to the Evangelist of Alexandria is of later date. Under the altar of the Basilica of the Holy Apostles dedicated by John III (560-73)…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent I

Thursday Lent I: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúdo” Collecta at St. Agatha in Monasterio. Station at St. Lawrence in Panisperna. The titular church of the famous deaconry of the Suburra was dedicated to the Sicilian martyr Agatha; in the eighth century a monastery was attached to it. St. Lawrence in Panisperna on the Viminal marks the spot…

Station Thursday Lent I: Statio ad S. Laurentii

Mercifully look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon the devotion of Thy people, that they who are mortified in  the flesh by abstinence, may be refreshed in mind by the fruit of good works: through Our Lord… Station at St Laurence’s in Panisperna (via Panisperna on the Esquiline Hill, close to S. Mary Major) The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthias, Apostle

All Posts Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” St. Peter, in the Acts of the Apostles (Epistle), says that the prophet had Judas in view when he declares “That his episcopate would pass into other hands.” It is the Lord Himself who showed the one He had chosen to be associated with the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ember Wednesday in Lent

Ember Wednesday in Lent: Missa “Reminíscere” Collecta at St. Peter ad Vincula. Station at St. Mary Major. The spring Ember Week coincides with the first week of Lent. It was instituted for the purpose of consecrating to God the new season (of Spring), and by fasting and prayer to draw down Heavenly graces on those who on…

Station Ember Wednesday Lent I: Statio ad St Maria Majorem

In mercy heed our prayers, we beg Thee, O Lord; and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty against all that is hostile to us: through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Mary Major. The spring Ember Week consecrated the new season to God and by prayer and fasting sought to obtain abundant…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent I

Tuesday Lent I: Missa “Dómine, refúgium” Collecta at St. Nicholas in Carcere. Station at St. Anastasia. In the Middle Ages the church of St. Nicholas was one of the most central and important of the Roman churches. The funeral ceremony of Urban II was held here; the name in carcere (in prison) also goes back…

Station Tuesday Lent I: Statio ad St Anastasiam

Look favourably, Lord, upon Thy household, and grant that our mind being chastened by mortification of the body, may glow in Thy sight with desire of Thee: through Our Lord… At Rome, the Station is in the church of St. Anastasia, where, formerly, the Mass of the Aurora on Christmas Day was celebrated. The first…