Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. William of Vercelli, Abbot

S. William of Vercelli, Abbot; Comm. the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Os justi” St. William was born in 1085 at Vercelli in the Piedmont region of Italy of noble and wealthy parents. When he was still very young, he determined to renounce the world and become a hermit. He…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Aldhelm, Bishop Confessor

St Aldhelm, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. Ascension Octave & S. Urban Pope & Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Aldhelm was born in Wessex, in AD 639. He was apparently a ‘nephew’ of King Ine, probably, in fact, a cousin of some kind. His father’s name was Centa, and it has been suggested that this was a…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Mark the Evangelist [Major Rogation]

St Mark, Evangelist; Comm. Feria in the Octave of St George: 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: The Annunciation of the BVM

In Annuntiatione Beate Mariæ Virgine (holyday of obligation): Missa “Vultum Tuum“ This feast, prepared by that of St. Gabriel, recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of our Lord (Gospel) in the womb of a Virgin (Epistle). On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to itself for ever the humanity of…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday Lent IV

Wednesday Lent IV: Missa “Cum sanctificátus” The church of the Collecta is at the Church of St. Mennas, which stood on the left bank of the Tiber at the first milestone on the Via Ostiensis. The Alexandrians in Rome had such devotion to this Egyptian saint that his birth on November 11th was still honored in…

Station Wednesday Lent IV: Statio ad St Paulum

God, who rewardest the merits of the just, and allowest sinners to obtain pardon by fasting, have mercy on us who beseech Thee that our confession of guilt may enable us to win forgiveness of our sins: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Paul without-the-walls. On this day the catechumens were subjected…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthias, Apostle

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 eleven apostles…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Since the 8th century the feast of the conversion of St. Paul has been set apart by the Church to return thanks to almighty God for His act of grace in bringing the future apostle to the Faith. After the miracle of Christ’s Resurrection no…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Second Mass [Dawn] of the Nativity of Our Lord

Second Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord: Missa “Lux fulgébit” This second Mass at Dawn often called “of the shepherds” used for its station the very ancient church of St. Anastasia whose name appears in the Canon of the Mass. She was burnt alive at Sirmium in Yuglosavia on Devcember 25th during the terrible Diocletian…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr

St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” The legend of St. Catherine of Alexandria is unsupported by solid historical authority. Devotion to her began in the West about the Eleventh Century and was widely spread by the Crusaders. We have still much to learn about…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. John of Beverley

St John of Beverley, Bishop Confessor, Com. SS Chrysanthus & Daria, Martyrs: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” John was one of the leaders of the Northumbrian Church following the conversion of the North to Christianity in the 620s and 630s. According to later tradition he was born at Harpham near Driffield, and he was certainly Bishop of Hexham…