Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Octave Day of Corpus Christi

The Octave Day of Corpus Christi: Missa “Cibávít eos“ The Octave of Corpus Christi being privileged, Feasts are either commemorated only (in which case the appropriate Collect is said after that of the Office) or transferred to after the Octave.  The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus Domini,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday in the Octave of Corpus Christi

Wednesday in the Octave of Corpus Christi: Missa “Cibávít eos“ The Octave of Corpus Christi being privileged, Feasts are either commemorated only (in which case the appropriate Collect is said after that of the Office) or transferred to after the Octave.  The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Venantius of Camerino, Martyr

St Venantius of Camerino, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti“ Venantius of Camerino (Italian: San Venanzio, also known as Saint Wigand) (died 18 May 251 or 253) is the patron saint of Camerino, Italy and Raiano, Italy. Christian tradition holds that he was a 15-year-old who was tortured, and martyred by decapitation at Camerino during the persecutions of Decius….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paschal Baylon, Confessor

St Paschal Baylon, Confessor: Missa “Os justi“ Paschal’s Spanish parents were poor and pious. Between the ages of seven and 24 he worked as a shepherd and began a life of mortification. He was able to pray on the job and was especially attentive to the church bell, which rang at the Elevation during Mass….

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Friday

Easter Friday: Missa “Edúxit eos Dóminus” In the Seventh Century the Roman Pantheon was dedicated to St. Mary and the heroic sons of the Roman Church, who had suffered martyrdom. The martyrs indeed seem to have a particular right to the glory of the Resurrection on account of their perfect resemblance to Christ crucified; and many…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of Saint Patrick

Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of the Feria in Lent: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Whilst in the fifth century of the Franks, Germans, and other northern peoples had not yet received the light of the Gospel, God raised up “The confessor and bishop St. Patrick to announce His glory to the pagans” of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday Lent III

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent: Missa “Ego clamavi” Collects at Sts. Sergius and Bacchus. The Byzantines built at least five churches in Rome to the honor of the martyrs Sergius and Bacchus. The one where the people collected for the procession to the Basilica of Pudens, was called the Canelicum, and stood in the…

Station Tuesday Lent III: Statio ad St Pudentianam

Almighty and merciful God, heed our prayers and by Thy goodness grant us graces won by wholesome self-denial: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Pudentiana, daughter of Pudens the senator. This holy virgin of Rome lived in the second century. She was remarkable for her charity, and for the zeal…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria II of Sexagesima

Feria II of Sexagesima Sunday Missa “Exsurge, quare obdormis” A major theme of the liturgy is the Word of God.  We give thanks that we have heard the Word (Introit), which Saint Paul faithfully preached despite so many obstacles (Epistle).  The Gospel is all about hearing the Word of God in a way that produces good…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Anthony, Abbot

S. Antony, Abbot: Missa “Os justi” After St. Paul the Hermit, father of the Anchorites or hermits, the Christmas Cycle honours Saint Anthony, father of the Cenobites, who live in common. When he was 18, he retired into the Egyptian desert and led the life of a hermit. The devil, in order to frighten him…

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. Hugh of Lincoln

St. Hugh of Lincoln, Confessor Bishop; commemoration of St Hilda of Whitby: Missa “Sacerdotes“ A native of Burgundy, Hugh was born in Avalon, near Grenoble in 1140 and joined the Carthusian Order at the age of 20. He was highly regarded for his intellectual ability, his integrity and caring nature. At the request of Henry…