Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs

SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ Mark and Marcellian (d. c.290), Roman martyrs. These martyrs are commemorated in the ancient Roman sacramentaries; their tomb, with frescoes of them and their companions, has been identified in the catacomb of St. Balbina. For the details of their Lives the only source is the unreliable 5th‐century Acts…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Vitus, Modestus & Crescentia

SS. Vitus, Modestus & Crescentia, Martyrs: Missa “Multæ Tribulationes“ The Holy Martyrs Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia the Nursemaid, suffered for Christ during the reign of emperor Diocletian (284-305). The holy Martyr Vitus was son of an illustrious Sicilian dignitary, the pagan Gelas. While still a young lad, Saint Vitus was enflamed with an ardent love for…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Anthony of Padua

S. Anthony of Padua, Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ Saint Anthony of Padua of the Order of St. Francis was called “The Hammer of Heretics.” For nine years he labored in France, Italy and Sicily. Men heard his voice, saw his miracles, and their hearts were turned to God. Nothing is…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St. John a Facundo

St John a Facundo, Confessor; Commemoration Sts Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius, Martyrs: Missa “Os iusti“ Today the Holy Church celebrates the Feast of St. John of San Facundo (1419 – 1479). Born the oldest son of John Gonzalez de Castrillo and Sancia Martinez, John was raised in a pious and well-to-do family. He was educated…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Barnabas, Apostle & Martyr

St Barnabas, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived in common with the earliest converts to Christianity in Jerusalem….

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday III Post Pentecost

Sunday III Post Pentecost; Commemoration of St Margaret, Queen of Scotland: Missa “Réspice in me“  The liturgy celebrates today the mercy of God towards us, poor sinners. (Collect, Postcommunion) Jesus has come not to call the just but sinners, and the Holy Ghost comes to establish the reign of God in our sinful, unclean hearts. The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Friday Ember

Pentecost Ember Friday: Missa “Repleátur os meum“ Station at the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles The stational Mass was at one time placed at Sts. John and Paul, but in the earlier days was held where the Roman Missal now assigns it. The spirit in which the Church solemnizes her feasts is one of intense…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Thursday

Pentecost Thursday: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The station is now at St. Lawrence, although the Mass would indicate that at one time it was at the Church of the Twelve Apostles. The Lesson from the Acts describes the joy which filled the people of Samaria when the deacon Philip preached the Gospel and worked miracles among them….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitTuesday

Feria III in the Octave of Pentecost: Missa “Accípite” The titular church of St. Anastasia, once the Court church during the Byzantine period, is chosen for today’s station instead of the Basilica of St. Paul, as the latter is too far out for a procession at this season of the year when the weather is too warm. During…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitMonday

Feria II in Pentecost Octave: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The liturgy recalls the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles; and the Church extends the commemoration of it over eight days Originally the feast of Pentecost brought to an end in Rome the fifty days of the Easter celebrations and introduced the fast of the Ember…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ Whitsunday or the Solemnity of Pentecost is a Double of the First Class Feast with a Privileged Octave of the First Order and the Station at St. Peter. Our Lord Jesus Christ, being seated on the right hand of the Father, sent, as He had promised, the Holy Ghost upon the…