Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas, Apostle

St Thomas, Apostle; Com. Feria of Advent IV: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Thomas, called Didymus, that is “the twin,” was probably a Galilean of lowly condition and a fisherman. He was chosen to be one of the apostles in the year 31, as can be determined from the mention of his name in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of The Expectation of the BVM

The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Rorate caeli desuper“ This feast, which in recent times has been kept not only throughout the whole of Spain, but also in many other parts of the Catholic world, owes its origin to the bishops of the 10th Council of Toledo, in 656. These prelates thought that there…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr

St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr; Commemoration of the feria in the Octave of the Conception of the BVM and of the Third Sunday of Advent: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Hagiography states that Saint Lucy was a Christian martyr during the Diocletian persecution. According to apocryphal texts, the beautiful Lucia was born to a prosperous family of nobility…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent III

Third Sunday of Advent; Commemoration of Octave Day of the Conception of the BVM: Missa “Gaudéte“ On this day the Church urges us to gladness in the middle of this time of expectation and penitence: the coming of Jesus approaches more and more. This Sunday is called “Gaudete” (Rejoice) from the first word of the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent II

Second Sunday of Advent: Missa “Populus Sion” For the Second Sunday of Advent numerous references appear to Jerusalem and her people beginning with the Introit “People of Sion” for Jesus Christ will be the deliverer and and the shepherd of the faithful Jews and of the Gentiles. It is the Church’s intent that the faithful…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Feast of The Divine Maternity of Mary

The Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Commemoration of Sunday XIX Post Pentecost: Missa “Ecce Virgo” When Mary of Nazareth conceived in Her womb the Word of God, that conception was the effect of the fullness of Her grace, and of an action of the Holy Spirit which occurred in Her soul first of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas, Apostle

St Thomas, Apostle; Com. Feria of Advent III: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Thomas, called Didymus, that is “the twin,” was probably a Galilean of lowly condition and a fisherman. He was chosen to be one of the apostles in the year 31, as can be determined from the mention of his name in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of The Expectation of the BVM

The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Rorate caeli desuper“ This feast, which in recent times has been kept not only throughout the whole of Spain, but also in many other parts of the Catholic world, owes its origin to the bishops of the 10th Council of Toledo, in 656. These prelates thought that there…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Eusebius, Bishop and Martyr

S. Eusebius, Bishop and Martyr; Commemoration of the Feria of Advent III: Missa “Sacerdotes Dei“ Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine proclaimed Christianity the state religion, believing this would end the bloodshed and martyrdom. But it was all too short a time until they were facing persecution once more — from others…