Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St George, Martyr, Patron of England

St George, Martyr, Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. George is found in the Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, and Latin liturgies. The ancient “Georgia” is named after him. He is renowned as the armed defender of the Church, one who carried the trophies of victory over the enemy. Saint George (c. 275/281 – 23…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Friday Passiontide I

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserére mihi “ The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Stephen on Monte Celio. This church of the great proto-martyr was chosen as the place where the faithful were to assemble on the Friday of Passion week. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of the season, the…

Station Passiontide Friday I: Statio ad St Stephanum in Caelio Monte

Graciously pour forth Your grace into our hearts, we beseech You, O Lord, that, keeping our sinful inclinations under control by self-denial, we may suffer for a brief while rather than be condemned to everlasting punishment. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord… The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Stephen on…

Ember Saturday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum

We beseech thee, O Lord, graciously to hear the prayers of thy people; and of thy great goodness turn aside from them the scourges of thine anger: through Our Lord… St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) built by Constantine in 323, the basilica was erected over the place where St. Peter was buried, it is a major…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Ember Friday in Lent

Ember Friday in Lent: Missa “De necessitátibús meis eripe me, Dómine” The church built by Pope Mark (337-40) is reckoned among the first erected in Rome. It is possible that the dedication to the Evangelist of Alexandria is of later date. Under the altar of the Basilica of the Holy Apostles dedicated by John III (560-73) are,…

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; Pope St Clement, Martyr

St Clement, Pope & Martyr; Com. Oct. St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dominus” Pope Saint Clement I, who was styled by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians (iv, 3) as his fellow laborer,” succeeded St. Cletus as Pope in the year 90. He is named third in the Canon of the Mass,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday XX Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XX Post Pentecost: Missa “Omnia, quæ fecisti nobis” The lessons in the divine office during the whole month of October, are often taken from the books of Machabees. Thus, let us strive to make the following thoughts our own, acknowledging that our misfortunes have been brought about by our unfaithfulness in following the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Michaelmas Ember Saturday

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Septembris; Commemoration of St. Linus, Pope & Martyr: Missa “Veníte, adorémus” The Ember Saturday of September is a traditional day for ordinations, although it is historically of less prominence than other such days in the liturgical year. The sublime function, to which the faithful owe their fathers and guides in the spiritual life,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr

St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr; Commemoration Sunday VII Post Pentecost: Missa “Sacerdótes Dei“ St. Apollinaris was the disciple of St. Peter, who preached the Gospel at Ravenna. He was one of the first great martyrs of the church. He was made Bishop of Ravenna by the Apostle himself. The miracles he wrought there soon attracted official…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Etheldreda Queen, Virgin, Abbess

St. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess; commemoration of the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Missa “Dilexisti” Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was…