Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Pius I

Pope St Pius I, Martyr; commemoration of Blessed Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr &  Bl. Adrian Fortescue, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today of the Feast of Pope Saint Pius I, Martyr and great Pope of the Second Century. According to the earliest list of the popes, given by Irenaeus (“Adv. haer.”, II, xxxi; cf. Eusebius, “Hist. eccl.”,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday VII Post Pentecost

Sunday VII Post Pentecost; Commemoration of St Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen: Missa “Omnes gentes“ For the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, quite possibly the most powerful of affirmations is given by our Lord and Savior that it isn’t that difficult to tell who are the false prophets and heretics for by their fruits we shall know them….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Translation of St Thomas of Canterbury

Translation of St Thomas of Canterbury; Comm. SS. Cyril & Methodius: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” The Translation of St Thomas Becket, 7th July, commemorates the anniversary of the translation of St Thomas Becket in 1220, when his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral was opened and his relics moved to a grander shrine. Becket was canonised in 1173, just three…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Our Lady’s Visitation

The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Comm. In the Octave of SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Missa “Salve Sancta“ Blessed Mary’s first action after God had come to dwell in her was one of self-denying charity. She undertook a troublesome journey in order to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Thus…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Octave Day of the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Octave Day of the Nativity of St John the Baptist; Commemoration of the VIth Sunday Post Pentecost and the Octave of SS Peter & Paul: Missa “De ventre matris“ In the Epistle for the Sixth Sunday Post Pentecost, the apostle Paul teaches that in consequence of our baptism we are made members of Christ’s body, and must, therefore,…

Carissimi:Today’s Mass; St Irenaeus Bishop & Martyr

St Irenaeus Bishop & Martyr; Comm. Vigil of the holy Apostles Peter & Paul and the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Lex veritátis“ Information as to the life of the holy Father of the Church Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, is scarce, and in some measure inexact. He was born in Proconsular…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help; commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Gaudeamus“ The earliest written account of the image comes from a Latin and Italian plaque placed in the church of San Matteo in Via Merulana where it was first venerated by the public in 1499. The writer of…