Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Vigil of the feast of St Matthias, Apostle

Vigil of the feast of St Matthias, Apostle: Missa “Ego autem” The Church attaches great importance to the feasts of the Apostles, which are preceded by a Vigil (Collect). Saint Matthias, elected by the will of God (Gospel) received Judas’ share in the inheritance of the Church which was figured by the Promised Land divided into…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of the Chair of Peter at Antioch

Feast of the Chair of Peter at Antioch: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” That Saint Peter, before he went to Rome, founded the see of Antioch is attested by many Saints of the earliest times, including St. Ignatius of Antioch and Pope St. Clement I. It was just that the Prince of the Apostles should take…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria III of Sexagesima

Feria III of Sexagesima Sunday Missa “Exsurge, quare obdormis” A major theme of the liturgy is the Word of God.  We give thanks that we have heard the Word (Introit), which Saint Paul faithfully preached despite so many obstacles (Epistle).  The Gospel is all about hearing the Word of God in a way that produces…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria II of Sexagesima

Feria II of Sexagesima Sunday Missa “Exsurge, quare obdormis” A major theme of the liturgy is the Word of God.  We give thanks that we have heard the Word (Introit), which Saint Paul faithfully preached despite so many obstacles (Epistle).  The Gospel is all about hearing the Word of God in a way that produces good…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sexagesima

Sexagesima Sunday Missa “Exsurge, quare obdormis” Sexagesima Sunday, is the name for the second Sunday before Ash Wednesday in the Gregorian Rite liturgical calendar of the Western Catholic Church, and also in that of some Protestant denominations, particularly those with Anglican and Lutheran origins. The name “Sexagesima” is derived from the Latin sexagesimus, meaning “sixtieth,” and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was destined for her role in the history of our salvation (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall of Adam, so also Mary…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria VI of Septuagesima

Feria VI of Septuagesima: Missa “Circumdederunt me” Septuagesima Sunday is the third Sunday before the start of Lent, which makes it the ninth Sunday before Easter. Traditionally, Septuagesima Sunday marked the beginning of preparations for Lent. Septuagesima and the following two Sundays (Sexagesima, Quinquagesima) were celebrated by name in the traditional Roman Catholic liturgical calendar,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of St Cuthman

In the Octave of S. Cuthman, Hermit & Confessor; Com. SS Faustinus & Jovita, Martyrs: Missa “Quis dabit mihi” According to tradition, the enemy of mankind was so irritated with St. Cuthman and other great saints and ascetics, through whose labors all the country became Christian during the late 7th century, that he plotted to…

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

S. Valentine, Martyr; Comm. Octave of S. Cuthman: Missa“In virtúte tua” Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of St Cuthman

In the Octave of S. Cuthman, Hermit & Confessor: Missa “Quis dabit mihi” St Cuthman lived as a hermit in Steyning until his death, which took place in the middle of the 8th century. After the repose of his mother he spent his days and nights constantly praying in his small church for the glory of the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Septuagesima

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY; Missa “Circumdederunt me” The venerated Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger comments on today’s Epistle with these words: “These stirring words of the apostle deepen the sentiments already produced in us by the sad recollections of which we are this day reminded. He tells us that this world is a race, wherein all must run;…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Sunday VI Post Epiphany

The Mass of Sunday VI Post Epiphany: Missa“Adoráte Deum” When it sometimes happens, that the Third Sunday, or Fourth, or Fifth, or Sixth after Epiphany is superseded, and it cannot be placed after the Twenty-Third from Pentecost, then of it is said the Office on the Saturday before Septuagesima Sunday. In the Epistle the apostle gives…