Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Philip Benizi, Confessor

Feast of St. Philip Benizi, Confessor; commemoration of the Vigil of St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit“ St. Philip Benizi was born in Florence on the feast of the Assumption in 1233. He was one of the first to profess the religious life as a Servite, and became general of the Order. With his…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday of the Paschal Octave

Easter Wednesday: Missa “Venite, benedicti” Station at the St. Laurence-Without-the-Walls. Today we honor St. Lawrence, the Cross-bearer of the Roman Church, to express our gratitude for the favor shown by him to the catechumens in bringing them to holy Baptism. The Gospel gives the account of the third appearance of the risen Savior to the Apostles….

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday of the Paschal Octave

Easter Tuesday: Missa “Aqua sapiéntiæ potávit” Station at the St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. After visiting St. Peter‘s, it was fitting that the neophytes should at once be brought to the Doctor of the Gentiles, beside whose tomb they had learned the first rudiments of the new law of the Gospel. Therefore in the Lesson from the Acts of the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent IV

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Missa “Rorate, coeli,” Whereas the Church during the whole year offers her prayers to God the Father in union with Jesus Christ, during Advent she addresses herself directly to the Word, and not to the Word Incarnate, as is shown by today’s Collect. Only on the Second Sunday does she entreat God…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XVIII Post Pentecost

Sunday XVIII Post Pentecost; Comm. St Linus of Rome, Bishop & Martyr and St Thecla, Virgin: Missa “Da pacem, Dómine“ At the Introit of the Mass the Church prays for the peace which God has promised by His prophets. St. Paul shows in the epistle that he possesses true love for his neighbor, because he rejoices and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Philip Benizi, Confessor

Feast of St. Philip Benizi, Confessor; commemoration of the Vigil of St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit“ St. Philip Benizi was born in Florence on the feast of the Assumption in 1233. He was one of the first to profess the religious life as a Servite, and became general of the Order. With his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Etheldreda Queen, Virgin, Abbess

St. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess; commemoration of the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Missa “Dilexisti” Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was…

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

Vigil of the Nativity of holy St John the Baptist, the Forerunner: Missa “Ne tímeas, Zacharía“ he Birth of St. John the Baptist is one of the most ancient of all the Church’s feasts; it is mentioned several times by St. Augustine in his sermons, and in a Martyrology written around 440 A.D. and falsely attributed…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St George, Martyr, Patron of England

St George, Martyr, Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. George is found in the Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, and Latin liturgies. The ancient “Georgia” is named after him. He is renowned as the armed defender of the Church, one who carried the trophies of victory over the enemy. Saint George (c. 275/281 – 23…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Michaelmas Ember Saturday

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Septembris; Commemoration of St. Linus, Pope & Martyr: Missa “Veníte, adorémus” The Ember Saturday of September is a traditional day for ordinations, although it is historically of less prominence than other such days in the liturgical year. The sublime function, to which the faithful owe their fathers and guides in the spiritual life,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Etheldreda Queen, Virgin, Abbess

St. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess; commemoration of the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Missa “Dilexisti” Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Rogation Tuesday

Rogation Tuesday: Missa “Exaudivit” “Rogation” comes from the Latin “rogare,” which means “to ask,” and “Rogation Days” are days during which we seek to ask God’s mercy, appease His anger, avert His chastisements manifest through natural disasters, and ask for His blessings, particularly with regard to farming, gardening, and other agricultural pursuits. They are set aside…