Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Blaise

St Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; Comm. St Laurence of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” St Blaise: Many Catholics might remember Saint Blaise’s feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place on this day. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said. Saint…

Carissimi: Sunday's Mass; Candlemass

The Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary; commemoration of Sunday IV Post Epiphany: Candlelit Procession and Mass Today’s feast commemorates not only the obedience of the Blessed Virgin to the Mosaic Law in going to Jersualem forty days after the birth of her Child…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ignatius of Antioch

S. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Mihi autem absit” Today is the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr. This Bishop of Antioch, like St. Polycarp, was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. St. Ignatius was the third successor of St. Peter at Antioch; a tradition says that he was held on…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Peter Nolasco

St Peter Nolasco, Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” Today the Church celebrates the sainthood of St. Peter Nolasco, the saintly founder of the Royal and Military Order of Our Lady of Mercy of the Redemption of the Captives. St. Peter (1182-1258) was born in southern France. After the death of his wealthy parents, he spent…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Martina of Rome, Virgin Martyr

St Martina of Rome, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” Roman virgin, martyred in 226, according to some authorities, more probably in 228, under the pontificate of Pope Urban I, according to others. The daughter of an ex-consul and left an orphan at an early age, she so openly testified to her Christian faith that she…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Agnes Virgin and Martyr

S. Agnes Virgin & Martyr (Octave Day): Missa “Vultum tuum” As it coincided with her “octave day” a legend grew, saying that Agnes appeared on this day to her parents praying at her tomb, surrounded by a “bevy of virgins” (Introit), resplendent with light. “On her right hand was a lamb whiter than snow: it was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

S. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” The holy Patriarch of Constantinople received his surname “Chrysostom (golden mouth)” because he was the most eloquent preacher and the most prolific writer of the Greek Church. He was persecuted by the empress Eudoxia and her courtiers. He died in exile A.D….

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; S. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

S. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr; commemoration of Sunday III Post Epiphany: Missa “Sacerdotes Dei“ Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, was a disciple of Saint John. He wrote to the Philippians, exhorting them to mutual love and to hatred of heresy. When the apostate Marcion met Saint Polycarp at Rome, he asked the aged Saint if…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Since the 8th century the feast of the conversion of St. Paul has been set apart by the Church to return thanks to almighty God for His act of grace in bringing the future apostle to the Faith. After the miracle of Christ’s Resurrection no…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Timothy, Bishop & Martyr

S. Timothy, Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Saint Timothy was a convert of Saint Paul, born at Lystra in Asia Minor. His mother was a daughter of Israel, but his father was a pagan, and though Timothy had read the Scriptures from his childhood, he had never been circumcised. On the arrival of Saint Paul at…