Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Osmund of Salisbury

St Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury & Confessor; Commemoration of St Alexius of Rome: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Bishop of Salisbury who helped compile the Domesday Book. A member of the Norman nobility, he was the son of Count Henry of Seez and Isabella, half-sister of King William the Conqueror of England. He took part in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Swithun, Bishop & Confessor

St Swithun, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Saint Swithin Swithun (or Swithin, Old English: Swīþhūn; died c. 862) was a Saxon bishop. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches. His feast day is 15 July and his emblems…

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

The Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “De ventre matris“ The Precursor of Christ was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb. After an austere life as a hermit, he announced the Advent of Christ, preached penitence, and baptized in the Jordan. He was beheaded during the reign of Herod. The day…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

S.  Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain : Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium around the end of the 3rd century, gave shelter to an itinerant Christian priest, later called Amphibalus. Impressed by what he heard Alban was converted to Christianity by…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: SS Primus & Felicianus, Martyrs

SS Primus & Felicianus, Martyrs: Missa “Sapiéntiam Sanctórum” These two martyrs were brothers who lived in Rome, heirs of a family of great wealth, toward the latter part of the third century. It was through the assiduous love of Pope Felix I that they had the happiness, in their mature years, of being converted to…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday after the Octave of the Ascension

Feria VI of the Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Exáudi, Dómine“ Before ascending into Heaven, Jesus promised at the Last Supper not to leave us all alone, but that He would send us the Paraclete (Alleluia, Gospel), so that We might honour God in all things through Jesus Christ (Epistle). Like the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Octave Day of the Ascension

In Octava Ascensionis: Missa “Viri Galilaei” Jesus ascended into heaven, there to prepare a place for us, for us. Ascension is but a type of our own. Also He will come again to take un to Himself (Gospel) and introduce us into His Father’s kingdom. He went up to heaven to proclaim the dogma we…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bede the Venerable, Confessor & Doctor of the Church

St Bede the Venerable, Confessor and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio” Venerable Bede (673-735), the first English historian, was consecrated to God from childhood. He became a Benedictine monk in the monastery of Jarrow in Northumberland, and trained there some six hundred scholars. His Ecclesiastical History of England is a treasure to scholars and…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Within the Octave of the Ascension

Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Exáudi, Dómine“ On this Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension of Our Lord. The Station is at St. Mary “ad Martyres” Let us, like the Apostles gathered together, prepare in prayer for the holy day of Pentecost. Let us pray, as the Church prescribes, for the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday within the Octave of the Ascension

Saturday Within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Viri Galilaei” The reality of Christ’s Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, that “He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Within the Octave of the Ascension

Feria Within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Viri Galilaei” The reality of Christ’s Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, that “He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He…