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…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday Lent IV

Friday Lent IV: Missa “Meditátio cordis mei” Today’s Collecta is at the Church of St. Vitus in “Macello Livice.” Station at the Church of St. Eusebius The assembly of the faithful was appointed for today at a church once called ad Lunam. During the Seventh Century, when St. Vitus was a popular Italian saint, this church…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent IV

Thursday Lent IV; commemoration of St Isidore of Seville: Missa “Lætétur cor” Today’s Collecta is at the Church of St. Quiricus with the Station at St. Martin “ad montes” The Church of St. Quiricus (at one time St. Quiricus and Julitta, Oriental martyrs) is at the foot of the Quirinal hill. Through the zeal of…

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; Tuesday Lent IV

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent: Missa “Exáudi, Deus” The church of the collecta corresponds to the present Station Sancta Caterina dei Funari; at one time Sancta Maria domnæ rosæ was the residence of the Dean of the Lateran Schola, and in 1536 Pope Paul III granted it to St. Ignatius Loyola, who founded there…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday Lent IV

Monday Lent IV: Missa “Deus, in nómine tuo” The church of the Collecta, built in the seventh century, is the location for today’s Holy Mass. The church is the Station at the Church of the Four Holy Crowned Martyrs. Their relics are venerated in this sanctuary along with the head of the martyr St. Sebastian, an…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: “Laetare” Lent IV

Sunday Lent IV: Missa “Laetare” Today’s Station is at the Church of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem. St. Helena, mother of Constantine lived on Mount Coelius in a palace known as the house of Sessions. She transformed it, in order to keep therein important relics of the true Cross, into a sanctuary which became the Basilica…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Benedict

Feast of Saint Benedict, Abbot and Religious Founder; Commemoration of the Lenten Feria: Missa “Os justi” Known as the “Father of Western Monastic Life,” Saint Benedict is the founder of the Benedictines. Born in 480 into a noble family in the village of Nursia, Italy, he studied in Rome but, fearing he would succumb to the…

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…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday Lent III

Friday Lent III: Missa “Fac mecum, Dómine” The Collecta today is at St. Mary ad Martyres which is the name given to the beautiful Pantheon of Agrippa when it was turned into a Christian Church by Pope Boniface IV(608-15). The Romans of the Middle Ages loved this majestic sanctuary, where among other relics was preserved in a casket locked with thirteen…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Joseph, Husband of the BVM

St Joseph, Husband of the BVM; Comm. Lenten Feria: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” The Church always honours St. Joseph with Mary and Jesus, especially during the Christmas solemnities. This day’s Gospel is indeed that of December 24th. A Coptic calendar tells us that St. Joseph was liturgically honoured in a special way on July 20th,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent III

Thursday Lent III: Missa “Salus pópuli ego sum“ Collecta at St. Mark. Station at Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Under the high altar of St. Mark’s rest the bodies of the martyrs Sts. Abdon, Sennen, and Hermes, transferred thither by Pope Gregory IV (827-44). The stational Basilica at Sts. Cosmas and Damian we have already noticed as the place of the collecta on the second Monday…