Carissimi: Today’s Mass: Ember Saturday in Advent

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Adventus: Missa “Veni, et osténde” Today is Ember Saturday in Advent. It is a day of Fast and Partial Abstinence as we prepare for one week from today the coming of the Lord. Today is a Major Feria, not Privileged Station at St. Peter’s. In the first ages ordinations took place in…

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; Feria of Sunday XXII Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XXII Post Pentecost: Missa “Si iniquitátes” Let us remember today that we must render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, i.e., observe the law of Justice, and render to God the things that are God’s, i.e., the soul made in the image of its Creator must render to Him the tribute of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Thomas of Villanova

Feast of Saint Thomas of Villanova, Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of Saturday Michaelmas Ember and Ss. Maurice & Companion martyrs: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus“ Saint Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of The Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition [/Assumption]: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Blessed Mary lived, cared for by St. John, for twelve years after Our Lord’s Resurrection. Her life was spent in helping the Apostles and in praying for the conversion of the world. On the third day after Mary’s death, when the Apostles gathered around her tomb, they found it empty….

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene; commemoration of Sunday IX Post Pentecost: Missa “Me exspectavérunt peccatóres” Saint Mary Magdalen was so called either from Magdala near Tiberias, on the west shore of Galilee, or possibly from a Talmudic expression meaning “curling women’s hair,” which the Talmud explains as of an adulteress. In the New Testament she is mentioned among…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

S.  Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium around the end of the 3rd century, gave shelter to an itinerant Christian priest, later called Amphibalus. Impressed by what he heard Alban was converted to Christianity by him. When a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitTuesday

Feria III in the Octave of Pentecost: Missa “Accípite” The titular church of St. Anastasia, once the Court church during the Byzantine period, is chosen for today’s station instead of the Basilica of St. Paul, as the latter is too far out for a procession at this season of the year when the weather is too warm. During…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Sunday III After Easter

Sunday in Paschaltide III: Missa “Iubilate Deo“ On this Third Sunday After Easter, the Church rejoices because Christ is risen again and has redeemed us (Alleluia); and so she utters cries of joy (Introit) and sings the praises of God (Offertory). A little while, and now you shall not see Me, and you shall lament and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday Passiontide I

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Omnia, quae fecisti” The Collecta for this day is at Sta. Maria “in Via Lata.” Under the high altar of Sta. Maria is preserved with all veneration the body of St. Agapitus, the famous martyr of Praeneste (Palestrina), together with some relics of St. Cyriacus, the martyr of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday Passiontide I

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Omnia, quae fecisti” The Collecta for this day is at Sta. Maria “in Via Lata.” Under the high altar of Sta. Maria is preserved with all veneration the body of St. Agapitus, the famous martyr of Praeneste (Palestrina), together with some relics of St. Cyriacus, the martyr of…

Station Friday Lent I: Statio ad Ss Duodecim Apostolos

Be merciful to Thy people Lord, and, in Thy pity, comfort with kind help those whom Thou makest loyal to Thee: through Our Lord… Today’s station is at the Church of the Twelve Apostles. Traditionally, this is the place where the Romans choose their candidates for priesthood (Rite of Election). It was erected by Julius…