Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Wulfstan of Worcester

St Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester & Confessor; Commemoration of the Martyrs, Marus, Martha, Audifax and Abachum and St Canute King and Martyr: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Wulfstan was the son of Athelstan and Wulfgeva. Even during his youth his piety had been noted, and he went on to study at the monasteries of Evesham and Peterborough. Once…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Advent Ember Wednesday

Feria Quarta Quattuor Temporum Adventus: Missa “Roráte, Cœlí“ On the Wednesday of Ember Week in Advent, the Mystery of the Annunciation is commemorated by many Churches. The Mass is sung early in the morning. That Mass is sometimes called the Golden Mass, Roráte Mass or Messias Mass. On that occasion the Church is illuminated as a…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow

Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Michaelmas Ember Wednesday

Feria Quarta Quattuor Temporum Septembris; Commemoration of the Vigil of St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist: Missa “Exsultáte Deo” It’s common to claim that the dates of important Christian feasts (such as Christmas) were set to compete with or replace certain pagan festivals, even though the best scholarship indicates otherwise. In the case of the Ember Days, however,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Grandfather to Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour; Commemoration of Sunday XIII Post Pentecost and in the Octave of the Dormition of the BVM: Missa “Dispérsit“ On the Sunday within the Octave of the Dormition is honoured St Joachim, of the tribe of Juda and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Vincent de Paul, Confessor

St Vincent de Paul, Confessor: Missa “OS justi“ St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress in four years that a gentleman chose him as subpreceptor to his children, and he…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Juliana Falconieri, Virgin

St Juliana Falconieri, Virgin; Commemoration of SS Gervase & Protase, Martyrs: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Juliana was a spirited young woman of Florence who felt drawn to serve God in a radical way. Through her uncle she was attracted to the Servites, first as a tertiary and later became the Superior of the “Mantellate” Servite Sisters. Juliana…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria V of Easter II

Feria V of Dominica II Post Pascha: Missa “Misericórdia Dómini” Good Shepherd Sunday occurs on the fourth Sunday in the Easter Season. The name derives from the gospel reading for the day, which is taken from the tenth chapter of John’s Gospel. In this reading Christ is described as the “Good Shepherd” who lays down his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Joseph, Husband of the BVM

St Joseph, Husband of the BVM; Comm. Monday in Passiontide I: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” The Church always honors St. Joseph with Mary and Jesus, especially during the Christmas solemnities. This day’s Gospel is indeed that of December 24th. A Coptic calendar tells us that St. Joseph was liturgically honored in a special way on…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monday Passiontide I

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserére mihi” Station is at St. Chrysogonus’ Church in Trastevere across the Tiber. This was the titular church of Pope Leo XIII when he was still a Cardinal. St. Chrysogonus is one of the saints invoked in the Canon of the Mass. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of…

Monday Passiontide I: Statio ad St Chrysogonum

Sanctify our fasts, we beseech Thee, O Lord and in Thy mercy grant us pardon for all our sins. Through Our Lord… The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Chrysogonus, one of the most celebrated martyrs of the Church of Rome. His name is inserted in the Canon of the Mass. The church was…