Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Laurence, Deacon & Martyr

St Laurence, Deacon & Martyr: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” After the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul this is the greatest festival in the ancient Roman Liturgy. The terrible martyrdom endured by the famous archdeacon deeply impressed the generations that came immediately after him, for whom Saint Lawrence became at Rome that which Saint Stephen had…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Cyriacus, Largus & Smaragdus, Martyrs

SS Cyriacus, Largus & Smaragdus, Martyrs: Missa “Timéte Dóminum” ST. CYRIACUS was a holy deacon at Rome, under the popes Marcellinus and Marcellus. In the persecution of Diocletian, in 303, he was crowned with a glorious martyrdom in that city. With him suffered also Largus and Smaragdus, and twenty others, among whom are named Crescentianus, Sergius, Secondus,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr

Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr: Missa “Sederunt príncipes” The body of St. Stephen, the first martyr, with those of some other saints, was discovered near Jerusalem in the year 415. Later the body of the saint was taken to Constantinople and finally to Rome, where it now lies beside that of St. Lawrence….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ignatius of Loyola

St Ignatius of Loyola, Confessor: Missa “In Nomine Iesu” In the year 1521 a cannon ball fractured the left leg of Captain Ignatius Loyola, the future founder of the Jesuits. While he was convalescing, Ignatius read about Christ and His saints and thus turned wholly to God. He then undertook to equip himself for Christ’s service…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs

SS. Abdon and Sennen, Martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu” Sts. Abdon and Sennen were Persians who, coming to Rome in the Third Century, courageously confessed the faith of Christ and were put to death in the persecution of Decius in 250. The emperor Decius, enemy of Christians, had defeated the king of Persia and become master…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday VII Post Pentecost

Sunday VII Post Pentecost; Commemoration of SS Nazarius & Celsus, Martyrs & Popes SS Victor I Martyr & Innocent I, Confessor: 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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Pantaleon, Martyr

S. Pantaleon, Martyr: Missa “Lætábitur justus in Dómino“ He was a physician of Nicomedia. His name signifies in the Greek “many shall obtain mercy” or “all-compassionate” (Panteleemon). According to legend he was the son of a rich pagan, Eustorgius of Nicomedia, and had been instructed in Christianity by his Christian mother, Eubula. Afterwards he became estranged…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr

St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr; Commemoration of the Vigil of St James the Great, Apostle: Missa “Me expectaverunt” Sussex was the last of the seven Saxon kingdoms to become officially Christian and east Sussex remained pagan longest of all. St Wilfrid of York, the Apostle of the South Saxons (ie the people of Sussex) several times experienced…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bonaventure, Bishop Confessor, Doctor of the Church

St Bonaventure, Bishop Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio” Franciscan theologian; known as the Seraphic Doctor. Born in Tuscany in 1221, Giovanni Fidanza, in consequence of a miraculous cure-entered the Franciscan Order. St. Bonaventure, known as “the seraphic doctor,” was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of Bonaventure in…