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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria in the Octave of All Saints

In the Octave 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…

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: Today’s Mass; St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

St Jerome, Confessor and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” Saint Jerome was born in Dalmatia in 329. Even during his life he was renowned as a Doctor and interpreter of Holy Scripture. He defended Catholic teaching against many heresies; his chief aim was to be a perfect monk and before he would consent…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Wenceslaus

Feast of St. Wenceslaus, Martyr: Missa “In Virtute Tua” If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He stood for Christian values in the midst of the political intrigues which characterized 10th-century Bohemia. Wenceslaus was born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday XV Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XV Post Pentecost: Missa “Inclina, Domine” In the Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost the Mass reminds us that having received the Holy Ghost at the Feast of Pentecost and Jesus in Holy Communion, our souls and bodies should be moved by the Spirit and entirely obedient to the operation of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Stephen, King of Hungary

St. Stephen the Great, King of Hungary, Confessor: Missa “Os justi“ St. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria and devoted much of his reign to the promotion…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Exaltabo“ Boniface was born in Crediton in 680AD into a Saxon family. He was baptised Wynfrith or Winfrid (from the Saxon words wine – friend and frith – peace) . His first biographer, Willibald, writing in the C8th, records that he received his early education in a Benedictine monastery…

Station Monday in Holy Week: Statio ad St Praxedem

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who fail through infirmity in our many difficulties, may be relieved through the merits of the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at the church of St. Praxedes which was built over St. Praxedes’ house. It was one of the twenty-five original parishes in Rome. It is easily…

Station Monday Lent IV: Statio ad Ss Quatuor Coronatos

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds justly deserve to be punished, by the comfort of Thy grace may mercifully be relieved. Through Our Lord… The Station is in the venerable church of the Four Crowned (brothers); their names are, Severus, Severianus, Carpophorus, and Victorinus; they suffered martyrdom…