Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Easter IV

Feria of Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantate” Of all the gifts that come from God, the most excellent is the gospel and regeneration in baptism, by which He has made us His children and heirs of heaven. How great is this honor, and how earnestly we should endeavor to preserve it! To hear the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Benedict

Feast of Saint Benedict, Abbot and Religious Founder; Commemoration of the Lenten Feria: Missa “Os justi” Known as the “Father of Western Monastic Life,” Saint Benedict is the founder of the Benedictines. Born in 480 into a noble family in the village of Nursia, Italy, he studied in Rome but, fearing he would succumb to the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent II

Thursday Lent II: Missa “Deus in adjutorium meum” Today’s Station takes place in a basilica erected shortly after the peace of Constantine by Julius I and which is one of the first churches of Rome dedicated to the Mother of God. Mary is there represented seated among the wise Virgins who hold their lamps. This is an allusion to the spring…

Station Thursday Lent II: Statio ad St Mariam trans Tibernim

Grant us, we beseech Thee, Lord, the help of Thy grace, so that we who are duly intent on fasting and prayer may be delivered from enemies of soul and body: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the celebrated basilica, St. Mary‘s across the Tiber. It was consecrated in the third century,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria V of Septuagesima

Feria V of Septuagesima: Missa “Circumdederunt me” The three Sundays preceding Ash Wednesday are called SEPTUAGESIMA, SEXAGESIMA and QUINQUAGESIMA, which mean, respectively, the seventieth, sixtieth, and fiftieth day, that is, before Easter. Why, from this day until Easter, does the Church omit in her service all joyful canticles, alleluia’s, and the Gloria in excelsis etc?…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Agnes Virgin and Martyr

S. Agnes Virgin and Martyr: Missa “Me exspectaverunt peccatores” Martyred for her faith at the early age of twelve, Saint Agnes was one of the youngest-known named martyrs in the Communion of Saints. She was born into a wealthy Roman aristocratic family and was remarkable for her beauty as a child. But the true beauty was…

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; Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple [Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ In Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is one of the days when women named Mary (Μαρία in Greek) and Despoina (Δέσποινα in Greek) celebrate their Name Day. It was celebrated in the East as early…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; S. Ursula, Virgin Martyr

St Ursula, Virgin Martyr & Companions; Comm. Sunday XXII Post Pentecost & St Hilarion, Abbot: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” According to a legend that appeared in the tenth century, Ursula was the daughter of a Christian king in Britain and was granted a three year postponement of a marriage she did not wish, to a pagan…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist: Missa “Os justi” Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, also called Levi, was sitting at his tax-collector’s desk in Capernaum when he was called by Christ. He followed Him at once, and also gave a feast for Him and the other disciples. After the resurrection of Christ, while Matthew was still in…

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. 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…