Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Lent III

Third Sunday of Lent: Missa “Oculi mei” The Station for the Third Sunday in Lent is at St. Laurence-without-the-Walls in Rome which was built by Constantine on the Tiburtine Way. It contains the tomb of the celebrated deacon, the great martyr of Rome. Enlarged and enriched in the course of the ages, it has always been much…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday Lent II

Saturday Lent II: Missa “Lex Domini” The Station at Sts. Marcellinus and Peter is in the basilica founded by St. Helen on the Via Lavicana, where were buried the bodies of St. Marcellinus, priest, and St. Peter, exorcist, martyred at Rome during the Diocletian persecution. Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass. This church…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass: Friday Lent II

Friday in the Second Week of Lent: Missa “Ego autem” Collecta at St. Agatha in Monasterio. Station at St. Vitalis. The meeting place today is in the deaconry of St. Agatha “of the Goths” in the Suburra, which was restored to Catholic worship by St. Gregory the Great. From there the procession went to the neighboring Church…

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: Thursday Lent II

Thursday Lent II: Missa “Deus in adjutorium meum” Today’s Station takes place in a basilica erected shortly after the peace of Constantine by Julius I and which is one of the first churches of Rome dedicated to the Mother of God. Mary is there represented seated among the wise Virgins who hold their lamps. This is an allusion to the spring…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday Lent II

Wednesday Lent II: Missa “Ne derelínquas mé” The Basilica of St. George still stands on the further side of the pons Senatorum, in the region of the Velabrum. The titulus Cecilice is in Trastevere, in the actual house of the martyr. In 1595, the sarcophagus under the altar containing her relics was opened, and the body…

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

St Joseph, Husband of the BVM; Comm. Tuesday Lent II: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” The Church always honors 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 honored in a special way on July…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent II

Tuesday Lent II: Missa “Tibi dixit cor meum” There was no collecta on this day, perhaps because the Station of the Basilica of St. Balbina stood alone, far away on the Aventine, there being no other church in its vicinity from which the stational procession could set out. The foundress of the titulus Balbince- dedicated at…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday Lent II

Monday Lent II: Missa “Rédime me” Collecta at Sts. Cosmas and Damian. The basilica of the two holy physicians stands in the Forum, having been adapted from the ancient templum Romuli and the templum sacrae urbis. The Station is at St. Clement. The Basilica of St. Clement (whose name is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass)…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of Saint Patrick

Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of the Second Sunday in Lent: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Whilst in the fifth century of the Franks, Germans, and other northern peoples had not yet received the light of the Gospel, God raised up “The confessor and bishop St. Patrick to announce His glory to the pagans”…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Ember Friday in Lent

Ember Friday in Lent: Missa “De necessitátibús meis eripe me, Dómine” The church built by Pope Mark (337-40) is reckoned among the first erected in Rome. It is possible that the dedication to the Evangelist of Alexandria is of later date. Under the altar of the Basilica of the Holy Apostles dedicated by John III (560-73)…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent I

Thursday Lent I: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúdo” Collecta at St. Agatha in Monasterio. Station at St. Lawrence in Panisperna. The titular church of the famous deaconry of the Suburra was dedicated to the Sicilian martyr Agatha; in the eighth century a monastery was attached to it. St. Lawrence in Panisperna on the Viminal marks the spot…