Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Cajetan, Priest & Confessor

St. Cajetan, Priest & Confessor; Commemoration of St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Os justi“ Like most of us, Cajetan seemed headed for an “ordinary” life—first as a lawyer, then as a priest engaged in the work of the Roman Curia. His life took a characteristic turn when he joined the Oratory of Divine Love in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Transfiguration of Our Lord

The Transfiguration of Our Lord; Comm. of Pope Saint Sixtus, Saints Felicissimus and Agapitus, Martyrs : Missa “Illuxérunt coruscatiónes“ The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that He would be put to death…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of the Snows

Our Lady of the Snows: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” On August 5 the anniversary of the miraculous snow fall, the Feast of Our Lady of Snows is celebrated at the basilica of her name, St Mary Major on the Esquiline Hill in Rome.  During this celebration hundreds of white blossoms are showered from the dome of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Dominic, Priest & Confessor

S. Dominic, Priest & Confessor: Missa “Os justi meditábitur” The Church of France was ravaged by the heresy of the Albigenses who, not satisfied with teaching false doctrine, pillaged the churches and massacred the priests. In 1215, Innocent III saw in a dream the tottering walls of St. John Lateran, held up by the powerful shoulders of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr

Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr: Missa “Sederunt príncipes” The body of St. Stephen, the first martyr, with those of some other saints, was discovered near Jerusalem in the year 415. Later the body of the saint was taken to Constantinople and finally to Rome, where it now lies beside that of St. Lawrence….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Confessor

Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church; commemoration of Sunday IX Post Pentecost & Pope St. Stephen I, Martyr: Missa “Spíritus Dómini” St. Alphonsus was born of noble parents near Naples, Italy, in 1696, and died in 1787. In the midst of many evils he appeared with a three-fold mission…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Peter’s Chains & Seven Holy Maccabees

Saint Peter’s Chains; comm. St. Paul Apostle & the Holy Macchabees, Martyrs: Missa “Nunc scio vere“ Today is the Feast of Saint Peter’s Chains. The chains with which Peter the Apostle was fettered from time to time have always been the object of veneration among the faithful. They are preserved in a basilica in Rome, which…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius of Loyola, Confessor: Missa “In Nomine Iesu” In the year 1521 a cannon ball fractured the left leg of Captain Ignatius Loyola, the future founder of the Jesuits. While he was convalescing, Ignatius read about Christ and His saints and thus turned wholly to God. He then undertook to equip himself for Christ’s service…

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; St Martha, Virgin

St Martha, Virgin; Commemoration of St. Felix and Companion Holy Martyrs: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Saint Martha, whose feast we celebrate today, is mentioned by name only in Luke 10:38-42; and John 11, 12, sqq. The Aramaic form occurs in a Nabatæan inscription found at Puteoli, and now in the Naples Museum; it is dated A.D. 5…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Pantaleon, Martyr

S. Pantaleon, Martyr: Missa “Lætábitur justus in Dómino“ He was a physician of Nicomedia. His name signifies in the Greek “many shall obtain mercy” or “all-compassionate” (Panteleemon). According to legend he was the son of a rich pagan, Eustorgius of Nicomedia, and had been instructed in Christianity by his Christian mother, Eubula. Afterwards he became estranged…