Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist: Missa “Os justi” Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, also called Levi, was sitting at his tax-collector’s desk in Capernaum when he was called by Christ. He followed Him at once, and also gave a feast for Him and the other disciples. After the resurrection of Christ, while Matthew was still in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Joseph Calasanctius

Feast of St. Joseph Calasanctius (Calasanz), Confessor and Religious Founder: Missa “Venite” St. Joseph Calasanctius was born in Aragon in 1556. Having become a priest it was revealed to him that he should teach the children of the poor. He founded the Order of the Poor Clerks Regular of the Pious Schools of the Mother of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bartholomew, Apostle

St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ The name “Bartholomew” appears in the New Testament only on lists of the names of the twelve apostles. This list normally is given as six pairs, and the third pair in each of the Synoptics is “Philip and Bartholomew” (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; but Acts 1:15)….

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St. Philip Benizi, Confessor

Feast of St. Philip Benizi, Confessor; commemoration of the XIIth Sunday Post Pentecost [no commemoration of the Vigil of St Bartholomew, Apostle]: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit“ St. Philip Benizi was born in Florence on the feast of the Assumption in 1233. He was one of the first to profess the religious life as a Servite, and became…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St James the Greater, Apostle

St James the Greater, Apostle & Martyr; Commemoration of St Christopher, Martyr: Missa “Mihi autem“ Saint James the Greater was the son of Zebedee and Salome (Cf. Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40; 16:1). Zahn asserts that Salome was the daughter of a priest. James is styled “the Greater” to distinguish him from the Apostle James “the Less”,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Commemoration of St Paul, Apostle

St Paul, Apostle; Commemoration of the Third Sunday after Pentecost, the Octave of SS Peter and Paul & Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Whereas the Greeks on this day are uniting in one solemnity the memory, as they express it, “of the illustrious Saints, the Twelve…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Missa “Cogitatiónes Cordis” Sixteenth century Calvinism and seventeenth century Jansenism preached a distorted Christianity that substituted for God’s love and sacrifice of His Son for all men the fearful idea that a whole section of humanity was inexorably damned. The Church always countered this view with the infinite love…

Station Passion Sunday: Statio ad St Petrum

Look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon Thy family; by Thy governance may we be outwardly protected in body; by Thy favor may we be inwardly strengthened in heart and mind. Through Our Lord… At Rome, the Station is in the basilica of St. Peter. The importance of this Sunday, which never…

Station Saturday Lent IV: Statio ad St Nicolaum in Carcere

Vouchsafe, O Lord, by Thy grace to make fruitful the fervor of our devotion; for the fasts we have undertaken shall profit us only if they be pleasing to Thy goodness. Through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Nicholas in Prison. It was constructed in the ruins of two temples and the ancient Forum…

Station Wednesday Lent IV: Statio ad St Paulum

God, who rewardest the merits of the just, and allowest sinners to obtain pardon by fasting, have mercy on us who beseech Thee that our confession of guilt may enable us to win forgiveness of our sins: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Paul without-the-walls. On this day the catechumens were subjected…

Station Sunday Lent IV: Statio ad St Crucem in Jerusalem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds justly deserve to be punished, by the comfort of Thy grace may mercifully be relieved. Through Our Lord… The Station at Rome is in the basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, one of the seven principal churches of the holy city….

Station Saturday Lent III: Statio ad St Susannam

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting, may also abstain from sin and following after justice: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Susanna, virgin and martyr of Rome. The first Christian place of worship was built here in the 4th century. It…