Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of St Andrew the Apostle

Vigil of St Andrew, Apostle; commemoration of St Saturninus, Martyr; Missa “Dóminus secus mare Galilaeæ” Today is the last day of the liturgical year. The day preceding a festival is styled a vigil (from the Latin word signifying a night-watch) because in primitive ages the faithful passed in prayer in the church the greater part…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of XXIII Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XXIII Post Pentecost: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” In today’s Gospel, Jesus confounds the Pharisees, His enemies, who more than ever are compassing His ruin. His reply is full of divine wisdom. The Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Philippians illustrates how destruction is the end of those who are enemies of the Cross,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Decollation of St John the Baptist

The Beheading of St John the Baptist: Missa “Loquébar“ Besides the chief feast of St. John the Baptist, that of his nativity, the Church commemorates on the twenty-ninth of August, his glorious death and birth into Heaven. Ever since the Fourth Century in Africa, in the East, in Syria, and in many places all over the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; X Post Pentecost

Sunday X Post Pentecost; Commemoration of St Martha, Virgin & St. Felix and Companion Holy Martyrs: Missa “Dum clamárem” The Church gives us today a true notion of Christian humility. The liturgy reminds us that the humble soul is blessed to recognize its nothingness only on this condition Our sanctification is an impossible work if we undertake…

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

SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Nunc scio vere“ Today’s Double of the First Class Feast has a Common Octave with two stations, the one at St. Peter’s, the other at St. Paul’s. On June 29 A.D. 67, St. Peter was crucified, head downward, by order…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Mystical ecstasy is the elevation of the spirit to God in such a way that the person is aware of this union with God while both internal and external senses are detached from the sensible world. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was so generously given this special gift of…

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,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas a Becket of Canterbury, Martyr

St Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr; Within the Octave of the Nativity: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” Saint Thomas a Becket, son of an English nobleman, Gilbert Becket, was born on the day consecrated to the memory of Saint Thomas the Apostle, December 21, 1117, in Southwark, England. He was endowed by both nature and grace…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our holy father S. Willibrord

Our holy father St Willibrord, Bishop Confessor, Apostle to the Frisians, Founder of the See of Utrecht: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is the celebration of St. Willibrord, a British-born, Irish-trained, Roman-commissioned Benedictine who evangelized the Netherlands (or in the words of the Roman Martyrology, “Friesland and Denmark”). As such he is hailed as the patron…