Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria II of Low Sunday

Feria II of Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” In certain parishes Low Sunday is First Holy Communion Day. There is, however, no foundation for this custom in the liturgy. In the ancient Church the catechumens received three sacraments during the Easter vigil service, viz, Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. For this celebration they wore the white…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Low Sunday

Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Station at the Church of St. Pancras in Rome. Low Sunday, so called in order to emphasize the contrast between the great Easter solemnity and the Sunday which ends the Octave, is also known as Quasimodo, from the first words of the Introit. (Not the hunchback of Notre Dame!) In…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday: Missa “Edúxit Dóminus” The conclusion today of the baptismal celebrations calls the neophytes together again in the Lateran Basilica beside the font in which on Easter Eve they were born to newness of life. Today’s stational liturgy seems to be influenced more than ever by the thought of purity and innocence, like a loving…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Spy Wednesday

Spy Wednesday: Missa “Ut in nomine Jesu” Such is the impious scheme devised on this day ie the betrayal of Our Lord by Judas to the Sanhedrin within the precincts of the Temple of Jerusalem. To testify her detestation at it, and to make atonement to the Son of God for the outrage thus offered Him, the…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Palm Sunday would be in any case a great and holy day, as it commemorates the last triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and opens the Holy Week. On this day, the Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, when the multitude, going before and following after Him,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Annunciation of the BVM

In Annuntiatione Beate Mariæ Virgine (holyday of obligation): Missa “Vultum Tuum“ This feast, prepared by that of St. Gabriel, recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of our Lord (Gospel) in the womb of a Virgin (Epistle). On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to itself for ever the humanity of…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday Lent IV

Saturday Lent IV: Missa “Sitiéntes” The Collecta today is at the Church of St. Angelius “in piscibus.” The gathering of the faithful today was near the fish market; the church was in existence before the Eighth Century. The seven martyred sons of St. Symphorosa repose here. The Station is at St. Nicholas in Carcere Over sixty…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday Lent IV

Friday Lent IV: Missa “Meditátio cordis mei” Today’s Collecta is at the Church of St. Vitus in “Macello Livice.” Station at the Church of St. Eusebius The assembly of the faithful was appointed for today at a church once called ad Lunam. During the Seventh Century, when St. Vitus was a popular Italian saint, this church…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent IV

Thursday Lent IV: Missa “Lætétur cor” Today’s Collecta is at the Church of St. Quiricus with the Station at St. Martin “ad montes” The Church of St. Quiricus (at one time St. Quiricus and Julitta, Oriental martyrs) is at the foot of the Quirinal hill. Through the zeal of Pope Symmachus, two oratories were erected…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of Saint Patrick

Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of the Feria in Lent: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Whilst in the fifth century of the Franks, Germans, and other northern peoples had not yet received the light of the Gospel, God raised up “The confessor and bishop St. Patrick to announce His glory to the pagans” of…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday Lent IV

Monday Lent IV: Missa “Deus, in nómine tuo” The church of the Collecta, built in the seventh century, is the location for today’s Holy Mass. The church is the Station at the Church of the Four Holy Crowned Martyrs. Their relics are venerated in this sanctuary along with the head of the martyr St. Sebastian, an…