Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Felix of Valois, Confessor

Saint Felix of Valois, Confessor and Religious Founder: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” Saint Felix of Valois was born in 1127 and died at Cerfroi on November 4, 1212. He was surnamed Valois because, according to some, he was a member of the royal branch of Valois in France, according to others, because he was a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Evaristus, Martyr

St Evaristus of Rome, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” St. Evaristus was the son of a Greek Jew, originally from Bethlehem, and was the sixth Pope of the Catholic Church. He is traditionally considered a martyr, but there is no documentation of the event. He is buried in the Vatican, near Saint Peter. Saint Evaristus…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Cyprian & Justina, Martyrs

SS. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem iustorum” St. Cyprian was born to parents who worshiped idols. They taught him all kinds of wicked beliefs and superstitions. They even offered him to the Devil! What a terrible thing to do! Cyprian, having learned these wicked practices, did terrible crimes, blasphemed Christ, and committed secret murders!…

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)…