Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Bridget of Sweden, Widow

St. Bridget of Sweden, Widow: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” Saint Brigetta (Bridget) of Sweden was born about the year 1302 in Sweden, and belonged to an illustrious as well as pious family. She was the daughter of Birger Persson, governor and provincial judge (Lagman) of Uppland, and of Ingeborg Bengtsdotter. Shortly after her birth Bridget lost…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Commemoration of Pope St. Mark & St. Sergius and Companion Martyrs: Missa “Gaudeamus“ October 7th is the anniversary of the glorious victory won in 1571 by the Christian forces over the Turkish fleet at Lepanto. This triumph of the Cross over the Crescent was universally attributed…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Bruno, Confessor

S. Bruno, Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Saint Bruno of Cologne, after brilliant studies at Paris, was made a canon of Rheims cathedral. Feeling himself called to a life of retirement and penance he betook himself with six companions to a solitude called the Chartreuse and there laid the foundations of the Carthusian order. In the end…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Placid & Companions, Martyrs

St Placid & Companions, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ This was the notable Benedictine monk who, two years before the death of Saint Benedict himself, along with his two brothers, Saint Eutychius and Saint Victorinus, and his sister, Saint Flavia, and thirty Benedictine monks, was martyred on the Island of Sicily, in the town of Messina. These…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Francis of Assisi, Confessor

St Francis of Assisi, Confessor; Commemoration of the XVIII Sunday Post Pentecost: Missa “Mihi autem absit gloriári” Saint Francis of Assisi, “the little beggar” is perhaps the most popular saint in history. Francis was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy and his baptismal name was John, but his father renamed him Franceso, in honor of his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas of Hereford

St Thomas [de Cantilupe] of Hereford, Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” He was a son of William de Cantilupe, the 2nd baron (d. 1251), one of King John’s ministers, and a nephew of Walter de Cantilupe, Bishop of Worcester (d. 1266). He was born at Hambleden in Buckinghamshire and was educated in Paris and Orléans. Thomas became…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Holy Guardian Angels

Holy Guardian Angels: Missa “Benedicite Dominum” Whether guardian angels attend each and every person is not consistently believed or upheld by the Church Fathers in Christian thought, and hence is not an “article of faith”, although the concept is clearly seen in both the Old and New Testaments. According to St. Jerome the concept is in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Remigius of Rheims

St Remigius of Rheims, Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus“ St. Remigius or Remi, Bishop of Rheims was the great apostle of the Franks, and was illustrious for his learning, sanctity and miracles, which in his episcopacy of seventy and more years, rendered his name famous in the church. As a boy he made great progress in learning,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” Saint Jerome was born in Dalmatia in 329. Even during his life he was renowned as a Doctor and interpreter of Holy Scripture. He defended Catholic teaching against many heresies; his chief aim was to be a perfect monk and before he would consent…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Wenceslaus

Feast of St. Wenceslaus, Martyr: Missa “In Virtute Tua” If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He stood for Christian values in the midst of the political intrigues which characterized 10th-century Bohemia. Wenceslaus was born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XVII Post Pentecost

Sunday XVII Post Pentecost, Commemoration of SS. Comas & Damian, Martyrs: Missa “Iustus es, Domine” The liturgy reminds us today of the great commandment of charity towards God and our neighbor. “The precept is twofold,” declares St. Augustine, “but charity is one.” We love God above all and our neighbor for His sake. The unity of our…