Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Michaelmas Ember Saturday

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Septembris; Commemoration of St. Linus, Pope & Martyr: Missa “Veníte, adorémus” The Ember Saturday of September is a traditional day for ordinations, although it is historically of less prominence than other such days in the liturgical year. The sublime function, to which the faithful owe their fathers and guides in the spiritual life,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Michaelmas Ember Friday

Michaelmas Ember Friday: Missa “Lætétur cor“ Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 14 September, 1 are known as “Michaelmas Embertide,” and they come near the beginning of Autumn (September, October, November). The Lessons focus on the Old Covenant’s Day of Atonement and the fast of the seventh month,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist: Missa “Os justi” Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, also called Levi, was sitting at his tax-collector’s desk in Capernaum when he was called by Christ. He followed Him at once, and also gave a feast for Him and the other disciples. After the resurrection of Christ, while Matthew was still in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Michaelmas Ember Wednesday

Feria Quarta Quattuor Temporum Septembris; Commemoration of the Vigil of St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist: Missa “Exsultáte Deo” It’s common to claim that the dates of important Christian feasts (such as Christmas) were set to compete with or replace certain pagan festivals, even though the best scholarship indicates otherwise. In the case of the Ember Days, however,…

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

Feria of Sunday XV Post Pentecost: Missa “Inclina, Domine” In the Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost the Mass reminds us that having received the Holy Ghost at the Feast of Pentecost and Jesus in Holy Communion, our souls and bodies should be moved by the Spirit and entirely obedient to the operation of…

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

Feria of Sunday XV Post Pentecost: Missa “Inclina, Domine” In the Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost the Mass reminds us that having received the Holy Ghost at the Feast of Pentecost and Jesus in Holy Communion, our souls and bodies should be moved by the Spirit and entirely obedient to the operation of…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XV Post Pentecost

Sunday XV Post Pentecost: Missa “Inclina, Domine” In the Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost the Mass reminds us that having received the Holy Ghost at the Feast of Pentecost and Jesus in Holy Communion, our souls and bodies should be moved by the Spirit and entirely obedient to the operation of the divine…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Cornelius & Cyprian

Feast of the Martyrs Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, Bishop; Comm. SS. Euphemia, Lucy & Geminianus: Missa “Intret in conspectu” Pope Saint Cornelius succeeded St. Fabian as Pope in 251. He behaved with zeal and piety in his pastoral charge and adhered to his duty with courage and steadfastness. The holy Pope suffered martyrdom, September 14,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of the Nativity of Our Lady

Octave Day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Commemoration of St Nicomedes, martyr: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” This festival of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary originated in the East where it is mentioned very early. At Rome it was not observed before the reign of Pope Sergius I. As Eve, our first…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Missa “Nos autem” The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates three historical events: the finding of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine; the dedication of churches built by Constantine on the site of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Calvary;…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria VI The Nativity of Our Lady

Feria VI in the Octave of The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” This festival of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary originated in the East where it is mentioned very early. At Rome it was not observed before the reign of Pope Sergius I. As Eve, our first mother, arose…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Most Holy Name of Mary

The Most Holy Name of Mary; Feria V in the Octave of the Nativity of the BVM: Missa “Vultum Tuum” Whatever interpretation of the name of Mary we may accept, whether it means bitterness, the lady of the sea, or beloved of God, it is still the name of our Mother in Heaven, the name which…