Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Martha, Virgin

St Martha, Virgin; Commemoration of St. Felix and Companion Holy Martyrs: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Saint Martha, whose feast we celebrate today, is mentioned by name only in Luke 10:38-42; and John 11, 12, sqq. The Aramaic form occurs in a Nabatæan inscription found at Puteoli, and now in the Naples Museum; it is dated A.D. 5…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs

SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Nunc scio vere“ Today’s Double of the First Class Feast has a Common Octave with two stations, the one at St. Peter’s, the other at St. Paul’s. On June 29 A.D. 67, St. Peter was crucified, head downward, by order…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Vigil of the Ascension/Rogation Wednesday

Vigil of the Ascension; Rogation Wednesday: Missa “Vocem iucunditátis” This station at the Vatican Basilica on the last day of the Rogations was instituted out of veneration for the tomb of the Apostle, and in order to assimilate as far as possible the lesser litanies to the greater ones of April 25 which ended at the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Mark the Evangelist

St Mark, Evangelist [transferred]; commemoration of St Catherine of Siena: Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. Mark was not regularly inserted into the Roman Calendar until about the Twelfth Century. This is explained by the original association of the commemorations of the saints with their tombs. Although St. Mark was among the first who with…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St George, Martyr, Patron of England

St George, Martyr, Patron of England (transferred): Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. George is found in the Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, and Latin liturgies. The ancient “Georgia” is named after him. He is renowned as the armed defender of the Church, one who carried the trophies of victory over the enemy. Saint George (c. 275/281…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday Lent III

Friday Lent III: Missa “Fac mecum, Dómine” The Collecta today is at St. Mary ad Martyres which is the name given to the beautiful Pantheon of Agrippa when it was turned into a Christian Church by Pope Boniface IV(608-15). The Romans of the Middle Ages loved this majestic sanctuary, where among other relics was preserved in a casket locked with thirteen…

Station Friday Lent III: Statio ad St Laurentium in Lucina

Accompany our fasts, we beseech, O Lord with Thy benignant favor, that, as in the body we abstain from food, so in spirit we may refrain from sin. Through our Lord… The Station today is at St. Lawrence’s in Lucina. Near the church was a well which was very dear to the Romans and which…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas a Becket of Canterbury, Martyr

St Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr; Within the Octave of the Nativity: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” Saint Thomas a Becket, son of an English nobleman, Gilbert Becket, was born on the day consecrated to the memory of Saint Thomas the Apostle, December 21, 1117, in Southwark, England. He was endowed by both nature and grace…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of St Andrew the Apostle

Vigil of St Andrew, Apostle; commemoration of St Saturninus, Martyr; Missa “Dóminus secus mare Galilaeæ” Today is the last day of the liturgical year. The day preceding a festival is styled a vigil (from the Latin word signifying a night-watch) because in primitive ages the faithful passed in prayer in the church the greater part…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of XXIII Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XXIII Post Pentecost: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” In today’s Gospel, Jesus confounds the Pharisees, His enemies, who more than ever are compassing His ruin. His reply is full of divine wisdom. The Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Philippians illustrates how destruction is the end of those who are enemies of the Cross,…