Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ascension Day

Ascension Day: Missa “Viri Galilaei” Station at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Forty days after the Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ, attended by Angels, ascended into Heaven, in the sight of His most holy Mother Mary, His Apostles, and disciples, to the great wonder of them all. He entered into possession of the Kingdom of Heaven…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St. Gregory the Theologian

Feast of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregory’s father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr

St Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” Saint Stanislaus, a Polish martyr, was Bishop of Cracow. King Boleslaw II was outraging the whole kingdom by his acts of lust and cruelty. St. Stanislaus, finding all remonstrances useless, excommunicated him. By order of the king he was cut in pieces at the foot of the altar while…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: St John before the Latin Gate

St John before the Latin Gate; commemoration of Dominica V post Pascha: Missa “Protexisti” IN the year 95, St. John, who was the only surviving apostle, and governed all the churches of Asia, was apprehended at Ephesus, and sent prisoner to Rome. The Emperor Domitian did not relent at the sight of the venerable old man,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope S. Pius V, Confessor

Pope St Pius V, Confessor; commemoration of the anniversary of the Metropolitan of Europe’s consecration : Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Pope from 1566-1572 and one of the foremost leaders of the Catholic Reformation. Born Antonio Ghislieri in Bosco, Italy, to a poor family, he labored as a shepherd until the age of fourteen and then joined the Dominicans, being…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Monica, Widow

St Monica, Widow: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” Born into a Christian family in the village of Tagaste, Northern Africa in 332, Saint Monica learned at an early age the virtues of patience and obedience which she exhibited throughout her lifetime. When she reached womanhood her parents married her off to a nobleman by the name of Patricius…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Invention of the Holy Cross

The FINDING OF THE HOLY CROSS: Missa “Nos autem” The “invention” (from Latin invenire, “to find”) of the Holy Cross: The Cross on which Our Blessed Lord suffered for us was, following Jewish usage, buried on Mount Calvary after the Crucifixion. The precise spot was revealed in a vision to the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine, the first…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church

St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio” St. Athanasius, Doctor of the Church and Patriarch of Alexandria, one of the most renowned of the Fathers of the Church, was the heroic and successful defender of Catholic doctrine against Arius. After many sufferings in the cause of God’s Church, he died May 2, 373. While…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: SS Philip & James, Apostles

SS Philip and James, Apostles: Missa “Clamaverunt ad te” According to the legend, St Philip preached in different parts of Asia and Southern Russia and was crucified in Hierapolis. St James, the author of the Epistle, was a relative (‘brother’) of Our Lord and Bishop of Jerusalem. He was thrown down from the Temple in 62…

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

St George, Martyr, Patron of England; Comm. St Erkonwald of London, Confessor: 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….

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Easter IV

Sunday Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantate” Of all the gifts that come from God, the most excellent is the gospel and regeneration in baptism, by which He has made us His children and heirs of heaven. How great is this honor, and how earnestly we should endeavor to preserve it! To hear the word of God,…