Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Elizabeth of Portugal, Widow

Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, Widow: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” Elizabeth is usually depicted in royal garb with a dove or an olive branch. At her birth in 1271, her father Pedro III, future king of Aragon, was reconciled with his father James, the reigning monarch. This proved to be a portent of things to…

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: Today’s Mass; S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

S.  Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain (transferred); Commemoration of St Irenaeus Bishop & Martyr; Comm. Vigil of the holy Apostles Peter & Paul and the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist:: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Octave Day of Corpus Christi

The Octave Day of Corpus Christi; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Cibávít eos“ The Octave of Corpus Christi being privileged, Feasts are either commemorated only (in which case the appropriate Collect is said after that of the Office) or transferred to after the Octave.  The Feast of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of Corpus Christi

In the Octave of Corpus Christi; SS John & Paul, Martyrs; Commemoration of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Cibávít eos“ The Octave of Corpus Christi being privileged, Feasts are either commemorated only (in which case the appropriate Collect is said after that of the Office) or transferred to after the Octave.  The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of Corpus Christi

In the Octave of Corpus Christi; S. William of Vercelli, Abbot; Comm. the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Cibávít eos“ The Octave of Corpus Christi being privileged, Feasts are either commemorated only (in which case the appropriate Collect is said after that of the Office) or transferred to after the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Nativity of St John the Baptist

The Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “De ventre matris“ The Precursor of Christ was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb. After an austere life as a hermit, he announced the Advent of Christ, preached penitence, and baptized in the Jordan. He was beheaded during the reign of Herod. The day…