Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Ursula, Virgin Martyr

St Ursula, Virgin Martyr & Companions; Comm. St Hilarion, Abbot: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” According to a legend that appeared in the tenth century, Ursula was the daughter of a Christian king in Britain and was granted a three year postponement of a marriage she did not wish, to a pagan prince. With ten ladies…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Luke the Evangelist

St Luke the Evangelist; Commemoration of the XX Sunday post Pentecost & the Octaves of St Wilfrid of York and St Edward the Confessor: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile in Antioch, Syria. He was a physician and it is believed that he may have also been a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Bridget of Sweden, Widow

St. Bridget of Sweden, Widow: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” Saint Brigetta (Bridget) of Sweden was born about the year 1302 in Sweden, and belonged to an illustrious as well as pious family. She was the daughter of Birger Persson, governor and provincial judge (Lagman) of Uppland, and of Ingeborg Bengtsdotter. Shortly after her birth Bridget lost…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Placid & Companions, Martyrs

St Placid & Companions, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ This was the notable Benedictine monk who, two years before the death of Saint Benedict himself, along with his two brothers, Saint Eutychius and Saint Victorinus, and his sister, Saint Flavia, and thirty Benedictine monks, was martyred on the Island of Sicily, in the town of Messina. These…

Today’s Feast: The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On the Friday before Palm Sunday, and on Sept. 15, the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary are commemorated in the Liturgy. The Sorrowful Mother has always merited within The Church a particular devotion from whence she is called: Queen of Martyrs and Comforter of the Afflicted. The Church commemorates by two Feasts the martyrdom…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Nativity of Our Lady

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” This festival of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary originated in the East where it is mentioned very early. At Rome it was not observed before the reign of Pope Sergius I. As Eve, our first mother, arose from the side of Adam, dazzling…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Giles, Abbot

S. Giles, Abbot; Commemoration of the Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs: Missa “Os iusti” ATHENS, in Greece, was the native city of St. Giles. He was of noble parentage, and devoted himself from early youth to piety and learning. After the death of his parents he distributed his rich inheritance to the poor, and to escape the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow

Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow; Commemoration of the Dormition of the BVM: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” Saint Jane Frances de Chantal was born in Dijon, France in 1572, the daughter of Benigne Fremyot, president of the parliament in Burgundy, and married at twenty to Baron Christopher de Chantal who died in 1601. Nobility and riches…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. John Eudes

S. John Eudes, Confessor, Founder of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists) and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity (1601-1680) : Missa “Os justi” Saint John Eudes, forerunner of devotion both to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was born in 1601, some time after France had been torn apart…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of the Snows

Our Lady of the Snows: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” On August 5 the anniversary of the miraculous snow fall, the Feast of Our Lady of Snows is celebrated at the basilica of her name, St Mary Major on the Esquiline Hill in Rome.  During this celebration hundreds of white blossoms are showered from the dome of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Dominic, Priest & Confessor

S. Dominic, Priest & Confessor: Missa “Os justi meditábitur” The Church of France was ravaged by the heresy of the Albigenses who, not satisfied with teaching false doctrine, pillaged the churches and massacred the priests. In 1215, Innocent III saw in a dream the tottering walls of St. John Lateran, held up by the powerful shoulders of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Confessor

Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church; commemoration of Sunday IX Post Pentecost & Pope St. Stephen I, Martyr: Missa “Spíritus Dómini” St. Alphonsus was born of noble parents near Naples, Italy, in 1696, and died in 1787. In the midst of many evils he appeared with a three-fold mission…