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

Feast of the Holy Innocents: Missa “Ex ore infántium” The wily king Herod, who was reigning in Judea at the time of the birth of Our Savior, learned from three Wise Men from the East that they had come to Jerusalem, advised by a star in the Heavens, in search of the newborn King of the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas, Apostle

St Thomas, Apostle; Com. Feria of Advent III: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Thomas, called Didymus, that is “the twin,” was probably a Galilean of lowly condition and a fisherman. He was chosen to be one of the apostles in the year 31, as can be determined from the mention of his name in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of the Conception of the BVM

Day VII in the Octave of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; com. Saturday of Sunday Advent II: Missa “Salve Sancta” The feast speaks to us, by example of the Blessed Virgin, of the uniqueness of our individual creation – God’s conception of us in His eternal mind and His purposing us by our…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of the Conception of the BVM

Day III in the Octave of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; St Melchiades of Rome, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Salve Sancta” The feast speaks to us, by example of the Blessed Virgin, of the uniqueness of our individual creation – God’s conception of us in His eternal mind and His purposing us by…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Conception of the BVM

Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Salve Sancta” Holy Mother Church celebrates today the ancient feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. An innovation in 1854 by Pope Pius IX altered the title and Mass of the feast adding the word “Immaculate”, but primitively and more traditionally the feast is known without it…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

St Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor of the Church;  Commemoration of St Barbara the Great Martyr, Virgin & Matryr: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast-July 30) Born at Imola, Italy in 406, St. Peter was baptized, educated, and ordained a deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola. St. Peter…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Advent I

The First Sunday of Advent: Missa “Ad te levavi” This first Sunday of Advent or The Fourth before Christmas is the first day of the Liturgical Year. The Mass prepares us this day for the double coming (adventus) of mercy and justice. That is why St. Paul tells us, in the Epistle, to cast off…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr

St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” The legend of St. Catherine of Alexandria is unsupported by solid historical authority. Devotion to her began in the West about the Eleventh Century and was widely spread by the Crusaders. We have still much to learn about…

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

St Cecilia, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquébar de testimóniis” It is believed that St. Cecilia was born in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D., although the dates of her birth and martyrdom are unknown. Tradition tells us that Cecilia was a Roman girl of a patrician family who had…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Edmund King & Martyr

St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “In Virtute Tua” St Edmund was king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death. Almost nothing is known of Edmund. He is thought to be of East Anglian origin and was first mentioned in an annal of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, written some years after his death. His kingdom was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Edmund Rich

St. Edmund Rich of Canterbury, Confessor Bishop: Missa “Gaudeamus“ Popular Archbishop of Canterbury who battled for discipline and justice, also called Edmund of Abingdon. Born in Abingdon, on November 30, 1180. he studied at Oxford, England, and in Paris, France. He taught art and mathematics at Oxford and was ordained. He spent eight years teaching…