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: Friday after the Octave of the Ascension

Feria VI of the Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Exáudi, Dómine“ Before ascending into Heaven, Jesus promised at the Last Supper not to leave us all alone, but that He would send us the Paraclete (Alleluia, Gospel), so that We might honour God in all things through Jesus Christ (Epistle). Like the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Octave Day of the Ascension

In Octava Ascensionis: Missa “Viri Galilaei” Jesus ascended into heaven, there to prepare a place for us, for us. Ascension is but a type of our own. Also He will come again to take un to Himself (Gospel) and introduce us into His Father’s kingdom. He went up to heaven to proclaim the dogma we…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday Lent IV

Saturday Lent IV: Missa “Sitiéntes” The Collecta today is at the Church of St. Angelius “in piscibus.” The gathering of the faithful today was near the fish market; the church was in existence before the Eighth Century. The seven martyred sons of St. Symphorosa repose here. The Station is at St. Nicholas in Carcere Over sixty…

Station Saturday Lent IV: Statio ad St Nicolaum in Carcere

Vouchsafe, O Lord, by Thy grace to make fruitful the fervor of our devotion; for the fasts we have undertaken shall profit us only if they be pleasing to Thy goodness. Through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Nicholas in Prison. It was constructed in the ruins of two temples and the ancient Forum…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday after Ash Wednesday

Friday After Ash Wednesday: Missa “Audívit Dóminus” The Station today is at Sts. John And Paul. The stational Mass was on the Caelian Hill, in the Basilica of Bizante, erected by that senator and his son Pammachius within the house of SS. John and Paul. The two martyrs had suffered death on this spot for the faith,…

Station Friday after Ash Wednesday: Statio ad Ss Ioannem et Paulum

Statio ad Ss Ioannem et Paulum Let Thy gracious kindness, Lord, accompany the fast we have begun. Strengthen us, we pray Thee, so that our bodily penance may also be a truly spiritual exercise: through Our Lord… Passing under the arches which stretch over the Clivio Scauri we come around the side of this ancient…

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

S. Agnes Virgin & Martyr (Octave Day): Missa “Vultum tuum” As it coincided with her “octave day” a legend grew, saying that Agnes appeared on this day to her parents praying at her tomb, surrounded by a “bevy of virgins” (Introit), resplendent with light. “On her right hand was a lamb whiter than snow: it was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of the Holy Innocents

Feast of the Holy Innocents: Missa “Ex ore infántium” The wily king Herod, who was reigning in Judea at the time of the birth of Our Savior, learned from three Wise Men from the East that they had come to Jerusalem, advised by a star in the Heavens, in search of the newborn King of the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Saturninus of Toulouse, Martyr

St Saturninus of Toulouse, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” St. Saturninus Bishop of Toulouse and Martyr November 29 A.D. 257 St. Saturninus went from Rome by the direction of pope Fabian, about the year 245, to preach the faith in Gaul, where St. Trophimus, the first bishop of Arles, had some time before gathered…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

SS Simon & Jude, Apostles: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” On this day we celebrate two Apostles Saint Simon and Saint Jude Thaddeus, most probably because some historians have them being martyred together. The name of Simon occurs in all the passages of the Gospel and Acts, in which a list of the Apostles is given. To…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Wenceslaus

Feast of St. Wenceslaus, Martyr: Missa “In Virtute Tua” If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He stood for Christian values in the midst of the political intrigues which characterized 10th-century Bohemia. Wenceslaus was born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke…