Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr

Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr; commemoration of Sunday XIV Post Pentecost: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” The pontificate of this first third-century pope was to see a storm of heresy rage around the pontiff, who had to keep a firm hand on the tiller of Peter’s bark. According to the “Liber Pontificalis,” Zephyrinus was a Roman, the son of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Anne, Mother of Mary

St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ What little we know about Saint Anne comes from the apocryphal Gospel of James (ca. 145 AD), also known as the Protoevangelium of James [PJ]. According to tradition, Anne (Hannah in Hebrew) was born in Bethlehem and married Joachim of Nazareth, both descendants of King…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS John & Paul, Martyrs

SS John & Paul, Martyrs; Commemoration of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Multæ tribulatiónes“ Saints John and Paul were Roman soldiers who were Christians as well. They were martyred at Rome on 26 June. The year of their martyrdom is uncertain according to their Acts, it occurred under Julian the Apostate (361-3). In the second…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Saturday Ember

Whit Saturday Ember: Missa “Cáritas Dei” In the Seventh Century due to the postponement of the Ember fast the station was at St. Stephen on the Caelian Hill; in the Eleventh Century a return was made to the primitive place, St. Peter. Of the five scriptural Lessons which precede the Gloria in excelsis of the Mass,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Popes St Cletus & St Marcellinus, Martyrs

SS. Cleti et Marcellini Paparum et Martyrum; Comm. Feria in the Octave of St George: Missa “Sancti tui” ST. CLETUS was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West. He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89. The canon…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monday Passiontide II

Monday in Passiontide II: Missa “Judica, Domine“ Station at the Church of St. Praxedes. This is the church where the precious Pillar of Flagellation was brought from the Holy Land by the Crusaders along with three thorns from the Crown of Thorns. Under Pope Paschalis I many relics of numerous martyrs were brought to this church….

Station Monday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Praxedem

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who ail 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 Tuesday Lent II: Statio ad St Balbinam

Perfect in us the help we obtain from this holy observance, we pray Thee, good Lord, so that by Thy doing we may fulfil the duty Thy authority reveals to us: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Balbina‘s, virgin and martyr (130), the daughter of the tribune and martyr, St. Quirinus. The…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday Lent II

Monday Lent II: Missa “Rédime me” Collecta at Sts. Cosmas and Damian. The basilica of the two holy physicians stands in the Forum, having been adapted from the ancient templum Romuli and the templum sacrae urbis. The Station is at St. Clement. The Basilica of St. Clement (whose name is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass)…

Lent & Holy Week 2018

Ash Wednesday 14th February 0830 Mass with blessing & distribution of ashes 1100 Low Mass with distribution of ashes Every Wednesday in Lent 0830 Low Mass & Homily 0930 Corporal works of mercy* 1200 Homeless Lunch 1300 Spiritual Counselling 1700 Holy Hour 1930 Caritas Study Group Mothering Sunday 11th March 0830 Mass with blessing & distribution…

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

S. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Sacerdotes Dei“ Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, was a disciple of Saint John. He wrote to the Philippians, exhorting them to mutual love and to hatred of heresy. When the apostate Marcion met Saint Polycarp at Rome, he asked the aged Saint if he knew him. “Yes,” Saint Polycarp…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Stephen, First Martyr of the Church

St Stephen, Deacon & Protomartyr: Missa “Sederunt principes” Station for today’s Mass is at St. Stephen’s Church on the Cœlian Hill in Rome. The Jewish origin of Saint Stephen is universally acknowledged; he is known and loved everywhere as the first follower of Christ to give to his martyred God love for love, blood for…