Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of The Expectation of the BVM

The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Rorate caeli desuper“ This feast, which in recent times has been kept not only throughout the whole of Spain, but also in many other parts of the Catholic world, owes its origin to the bishops of the 10th Council of Toledo, in 656. These prelates thought that there…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Raphael the Archangel

Feast of Saint Raphael the Archangel: Missa “Benedicite Dominum” “It is God who heals”, “God Heals”, “God, Please Heal,” performs all manners of healing. The name of the angel Raphael appears only in the Biblical Book of Tobit. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of Tobit’s son, Tobiah calling himself “Azarias the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Feast of The Divine Maternity of Mary

The Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Commemoration of Sunday XIX Post Pentecost: Missa “Ecce Virgo” When Mary of Nazareth conceived in Her womb the Word of God, that conception was the effect of the fullness of Her grace, and of an action of the Holy Spirit which occurred in Her soul first of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Hyacinth OP, Confessor

St Hyacinth OP, Apostle of the North; Commemoration of the Octaves of the Dormition [/Assumption] of the BVM: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Saint Hyacinth, named the glorious Apostle of the North, was born of noble parents in Poland, about the year 1185. In 1218, as a Canon of Cracow he accompanied the bishop of that region…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition [/Assumption]: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Blessed Mary lived, cared for by St. John, for twelve years after Our Lord’s Resurrection. Her life was spent in helping the Apostles and in praying for the conversion of the world. On the third day after Mary’s death, when the Apostles gathered around her tomb, they found it empty….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Dominic, Priest & Confessor

S. Dominic, Priest & Confessor: Missa “Os justi meditábitur” The Church of France was ravaged by the heresy of the Albigenses who, not satisfied with teaching false doctrine, pillaged the churches and massacred the priests. In 1215, Innocent III saw in a dream the tottering walls of St. John Lateran, held up by the powerful shoulders of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Confessor

Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church; commemoration of Sunday IX Post Pentecost & Pope St. Stephen I, Martyr: Missa “Spíritus Dómini” St. Alphonsus was born of noble parents near Naples, Italy, in 1696, and died in 1787. In the midst of many evils he appeared with a three-fold mission…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Camillus de Lellis, Confessor

Feast of Saint Camillus de Lellis, Confessor and Religious Founder; commemoration of St Symphorosa & her Seven Sons, Martyrs: Missa “Majórem hæc dilectiónem” He was the son of an officer who had served both in the Neapolitan and French armies. His mother died when he was a child, and he grew up absolutely neglected. When still…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Octave Day of Corpus Christi

The Octave Day of Corpus Christi: Missa “Cibávít eos“ The Octave of Corpus Christi being privileged, Feasts are either commemorated only (in which case the appropriate Collect is said after that of the Office) or transferred to after the Octave.  The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus Domini,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday in the Octave of Corpus Christi

Wednesday in the Octave of Corpus Christi: Missa “Cibávít eos“ The Octave of Corpus Christi being privileged, Feasts are either commemorated only (in which case the appropriate Collect is said after that of the Office) or transferred to after the Octave.  The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus…