Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gertrude the Great, Virgin and Abbess

Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin and Abbess: Missa “Dilexisti” The Roman Martyrology commemorates, today, the virgin St. Gertrude, who is to be distinguished from another virgin of the same name, whose life is recorded in the month of March. The Breviary relates of her, as follows: Gertrude was born at Eisleben, in Saxony, the same place…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Martin of Tours

St Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor; Com. St Mennas, Martyr: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” The story and history of Saint Martin of Tours. When a mere boy, Martin became a Christian catechumen against his parents’ wish; and at fifteen was therefore seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army. One…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour

Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour – the Lateran; Commemoration of St Theodore the Recruit, Martyr: Missa “Terribilis est” As one of the four principle basilicas of Rome and one of the seven pilgrim churches, Rome’s Cathedral of St. John, the Basilica of Our Divine Savior is dedicated to both St. John…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of All Saints

Octave Day of All Saints; Commemoration of the Four Crowned Martyrs: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” Today is the traditional Octave Day of All Saints according to the pre-1955 Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar. This Octave was eliminated in the 1955 reforms; however, those attached to the traditions of the Church still call to mind the spirituality appropriate for…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our holy father S. Willibrord

Our holy father St Willibrord, Bishop Confessor, Apostle to the Frisians, Founder of the See of Utrecht; Commemoration of the Octave of All Saints: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is the celebration of St. Willibrord, a British-born, Irish-trained, Roman-commissioned Benedictine who evangelized the Netherlands (or in the words of the Roman Martyrology, “Friesland and Denmark”). As…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of the Holy Relics

Feast of the Holy Relics; In the Octave of All Saints: Missa ‘Multae tribulatiónes’ It has long been customary especially in churches which possessed large collections of relics, to keep one general feast in commemoration of all the saints whose memorials are there preserved. An Office and Mass for this purpose will be found in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Solemnity of All Saints

Solemnity of All Saints: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” We can pay no greater honor to the Saints than by offering up to God in their name the Blood of Jesus. The efficacy of their past merits and present prayers is greatly increased when offered to God in close association with the merits and prayers of Our Lord….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; All Hallows Eve

Vigil of All Saints: Missa “Júdicant sancti gentes” In several traditional chapels today, there is the observance of the Vigil of All Saints for All Hallows Eve. This day was actually established to honor the many martyrs who gave their lives for Christ and His Church. Evolved through the centuries, this explains why this feast is…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

SS Simon & Jude, Apostles: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” On this day we celebrate two Apostles Saint Simon and Saint Jude Thaddeus, most probably because some historians have them being martyred together. The name of Simon occurs in all the passages of the Gospel and Acts, in which a list of the Apostles is given. To…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles; commemoration of St Evaristus, Bishop of Rome & Martyr: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” On Monday the Church celebrates the feast of SS. Simon and Jude whose names occur together in the Canon of the Mass and are also celebrated on the same day. Possibly this is because they…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. John of Beverley

St John of Beverley, Bishop Confessor, Com. SS Chrysanthus & Daria, Martyrs: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” John was one of the leaders of the Northumbrian Church following the conversion of the North to Christianity in the 620s and 630s. According to later tradition he was born at Harpham near Driffield, and he was certainly Bishop of Hexham…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Raphael the Archangel

Feast of Saint Raphael the Archangel: Missa “Benedicite Dominum” “It is God who heals”, “God Heals”, “God, Please Heal,” performs all manners of healing. The name of the angel Raphael appears only in the Biblical Book of Tobit. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of Tobit’s son, Tobiah calling himself “Azarias the…