Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paschal Baylon, Confessor

St Paschal Baylon, Confessor: Missa “Os justi“ Paschal’s Spanish parents were poor and pious. Between the ages of seven and 24 he worked as a shepherd and began a life of mortification. He was able to pray on the job and was especially attentive to the church bell, which rang at the Elevation during Mass….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ubaldus of Gubbio

St Ubaldus of Gubbio, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus“ Today the Holy Church celebrates the life of St. Ubaldus, Bishop of Gubio and Confessor. Born to noble parents, St. Ubaldus lived a pious childhood. After his father died while Ubaldus was still quite young, the boy became a canon regular for the local…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Isidro Labrado, Confessor

St Isidore the Farm Labourer, Confessor; Commemoration of St John Bapiste de La Salle: Missa “Justus ut palma” Isidore was born in Madrid, Spain, 1070; died there in 1130; canonized in 1622. The saint was born into a peasant family. He was baptized Isidore in honor of the famous archbishop of Seville. His unreliable biography…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Boniface of Tarsus, Martyr

St Boniface, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” Saint Boniface of Tarsus was, according to legend, executed for being a Christian in the year 307 at Tarsus, where he had gone from Rome in order to bring back to his mistress Aglaida (also written Aglaia) relics of the martyrs. Boniface was one of Aglaida’s slaves. The name Aglaida is…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Easter IV

Feria of Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantate” Of all the gifts that come from God, the most excellent is the gospel and regeneration in baptism, by which He has made us His children and heirs of heaven. How great is this honor, and how earnestly we should endeavor to preserve it! To hear the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla & Pancras, Martyrs

SS. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla & Pancras, Martyrs: Missa “Ecce oculi” Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were servants of St. Flavia Domitilla. She was the wife of the consul Flavius Clemens. cousin of the Emperor Domitian. She died in exile on the island of Pandataria. Her granddaughter, likewise Domitilla, also died in exile on the island of Pontia….

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Easter IV

Feria of Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantate” Of all the gifts that come from God, the most excellent is the gospel and regeneration in baptism, by which He has made us His children and heirs of heaven. How great is this honor, and how earnestly we should endeavor to preserve it! To hear the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Antoninus of Florence

St Antoninus OP, Bishop & Confessor; comm. Sunday IV Post Easter, & SS. Gordian & Epimachus, Martyrs: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” (1389-1459) Saint Antoninus, or Little Antony, as he was called from his small stature, was born at Florence in 1389. After a childhood of singular holiness, he begged to be admitted very young into…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St. Gregory the Theologian

Feast of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregory’s father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory…

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

St Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” Saint Stanislaus, a Polish martyr, was Bishop of Cracow. King Boleslaw II was outraging the whole kingdom by his acts of lust and cruelty. St. Stanislaus, finding all remonstrances useless, excommunicated him. By order of the king he was cut in pieces at the foot of the altar while…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St John before the Latin Gate

St John before the Latin Gate: Missa “Protexisti” IN the year 95, St. John, who was the only surviving apostle, and governed all the churches of Asia, was apprehended at Ephesus, and sent prisoner to Rome. The Emperor Domitian did not relent at the sight of the venerable old man, but condemned him to be…