Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paul Primi Emeriti

St Paul the First Hermit & St Maur, Abbot: Missa “Iustus ut palma florébit“ Today is the feast of Saint Paul the Hermit, father of hermits, who had St. Jerome for his historian. Having become an orphan at the age of fifteen, he gave up his possessions and retired into a desert where a flourishing palm-tree,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Bruno, Confessor

S. Bruno, Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Saint Bruno of Cologne, after brilliant studies at Paris, was made a canon of Rheims cathedral. Feeling himself called to a life of retirement and penance he betook himself with six companions to a solitude called the Chartreuse and there laid the foundations of the Carthusian order. In the end…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Giles, Abbot

S. Giles, Abbot; Commemoration of the Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs: Missa “Os iusti” ATHENS, in Greece, was the native city of St. Giles. He was of noble parentage, and devoted himself from early youth to piety and learning. After the death of his parents he distributed his rich inheritance to the poor, and to escape the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Giles, Abbot

S. Giles, Abbot; Commemoration of the Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs: Missa “Os iusti” ATHENS, in Greece, was the native city of St. Giles. He was of noble parentage, and devoted himself from early youth to piety and learning. After the death of his parents he distributed his rich inheritance to the poor, and to escape the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Botolph, Abbot

S. Botolph, Abbot: Missa “Os iusti” St. Botolph, an Abbot, died c.680. His Feast day is the 17th June. A very popular Saint in Medieval England, but little is known about him. With his brother Adulf he became a monk abroad and in 654 established a monastery at Icanhoh, usually identified with Boston (Botulf’s stone) in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Giles, Abbot

S. Giles, Abbot; Commemoration of the Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs: Missa “Os iusti” ATHENS, in Greece, was the native city of St. Giles. He was of noble parentage, and devoted himself from early youth to piety and learning. After the death of his parents he distributed his rich inheritance to the poor, and to escape the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church; Com. Octave of the Dormition?Assumption: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ ERNARD was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy near Dijon, in 1090. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with the highest hopes, and the world lay bright…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Giles, Abbot

S. Giles, Abbot; Commemoration of the Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs: Missa “Os iusti” ATHENS, in Greece, was the native city of St. Giles. He was of noble parentage, and devoted himself from early youth to piety and learning. After the death of his parents he distributed his rich inheritance to the poor, and to escape the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Aelred of Rievaulx

S. Aelred of Rievaulx, Abbot: Missa “Os justi” [Transferred from 03/03] “ONE thing thou lackest.” In these words God called Aelred from the court of a royal Saint, David of Scotland, to the silence of the cloister. He left the king, the companions of his youth, and a friend most dear, to obey the call. The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Botolph, Abbot

S. Botolph, Abbot: Missa “Os iusti” St. Botolph, an Abbot, died c.680. His Feast day is the 17th June. A very popular Saint in Medieval England, but little is known about him. With his brother Adulf he became a monk abroad and in 654 established a monastery at Icanhoh, usually identified with Boston (Botulf’s stone) in…

Today’s Saints: St Bernard, Abbot & Doctor of the Church

Saint Bernard had more visibility, eloquence, and influence in his church and country than anyone of his day. The more he withdrew from secular affairs, the more kings, popes and bishops sought him. He was loved, hated, and the man of the twelfth century. Bernard of Clairvaux is the eloquent and devotional doctor of the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church; Com. Vigil of St Laurence: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ ERNARD was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy near Dijon, in 1090. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with the highest hopes, and the world lay bright…