Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Andrew Prōtoklētos, Apostle

St Andrew “the First-called”, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ Saint Andrew, whose feast day is November 30th, is the patron saint for fishermen. Andrew, like his brother, Simon Peter, was a fisherman. He became a disciple of the great St. John the Baptist, but when John pointed to Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” Andrew…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday XX Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XX Post Pentecost: Missa “Omnia, quæ fecisti nobis” The lessons in the divine office during the whole month of October, are often taken from the books of Machabees. Thus, let us strive to make the following thoughts our own, acknowledging that our misfortunes have been brought about by our unfaithfulness in following the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” Saint Jerome was born in Dalmatia in 329. Even during his life he was renowned as a Doctor and interpreter of Holy Scripture. He defended Catholic teaching against many heresies; his chief aim was to be a perfect monk and before he would consent…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Rose of Lima

St Rose of Lima, Virgin: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Saint Rose, the first canonized saint of the New World, was born at Lima in 1586. She received the name of Isabella in Baptism, but one day her mother saw a beautiful rose drooping over the baby’s cradle and ever afterwards called her Rose. She was an obedient…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs

SS. Abdon and Sennen, Martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu” Sts. Abdon and Sennen were Persians who, coming to Rome in the Third Century, courageously confessed the faith of Christ and were put to death in the persecution of Decius in 250. The emperor Decius, enemy of Christians, had defeated the king of Persia and become master…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Commemoration of St Paul, Apostle

St Paul, Apostle; Commemoration of the Third Sunday after Pentecost, the Octave of SS Peter and Paul & Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Whereas the Greeks on this day are uniting in one solemnity the memory, as they express it, “of the illustrious Saints, the Twelve…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ascension Day

Ascension Day: Missa “Viri Galilaei” Station at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Forty days after the Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ, attended by Angels, ascended into Heaven, in the sight of His most holy Mother Mary, His Apostles, and disciples, to the great wonder of them all. He entered into possession of the Kingdom of Heaven…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: SS Philip & James, Apostles

SS Philip and James, Apostles: Missa “Clamaverunt ad te” According to the legend, St Philip preached in different parts of Asia and Southern Russia and was crucified in Hierapolis. St James, the author of the Epistle, was a relative (‘brother’) of Our Lord and Bishop of Jerusalem. He was thrown down from the Temple in 62…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday Lent III

Saturday Lent III: Missa “Verba mea áuribus” The Station is at the Church of St. Susanna, a Roman virgin who was martyred under the Emperor Diocletian. This sanctuary was one of the twenty-five parish churches of Rome in the fifth century. The analogy between the circumstances of the martyrdom of St. Susanna (11th August) and the…

Station Saturday Lent III: Statio ad St Susannam

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting, may also abstain from sin and following after justice: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Susanna, virgin and martyr of Rome. The first Christian place of worship was built here in the 4th century. It…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Martina of Rome, Virgin Martyr

St Martina of Rome, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” Roman virgin, martyred in 226, according to some authorities, more probably in 228, under the pontificate of Pope Urban I, according to others. The daughter of an ex-consul and left an orphan at an early age, she so openly testified to her Christian faith that she…