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

Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Salve Sancta” Holy Mother Church celebrates today the ancient feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. An innovation in 1854 by Pope Pius IX altered the title and Mass of the feast adding the word “Immaculate”, but primitively and more traditionally the feast is known without it…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple [Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ In Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is one of the days when women named Mary (Μαρία in Greek) and Despoina (Δέσποινα in Greek) celebrate their Name Day. It was celebrated in the East as early…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Teresa of Avila

The Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Religious Foundress; commemoration of the Octaves of St Wilfrid of York, & of St Edward, King & Confessor: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Saint Teresa, the foundress of the Discalced Carmelites, was born at Avila in Old Castile in what is today part of Spain on March 28,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Motherhood of Mary

The Feast of the MATERNITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: Missa “Ecce Virgo concipiet” All Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God. This does not mean that she is not a creature of God, nor that God did not exist before she was created. It means that He Who was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of Walsingham

Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham: Missa “Terribilis est“ Our Lady of Walsingham is a title of Mary the mother of Jesus. The title derives from the belief that Mary appeared in a vision to Richeldis de Faverches, a devout English noblewoman, in 1061 in the village of Walsingham in Norfolk, England. Lady Richeldis had a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Cornelius & Cyprian

Feast of the Martyrs Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, Bishop; Comm. SS. Euphemia, Lucy & Geminianus: Missa “Intret in conspectu” Pope Saint Cornelius succeeded St. Fabian as Pope in 251. He behaved with zeal and piety in his pastoral charge and adhered to his duty with courage and steadfastness. The holy Pope suffered martyrdom, September 14,…

Today’s Feast: The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On the Friday before Palm Sunday, and on Sept. 15, the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary are commemorated in the Liturgy. The Sorrowful Mother has always merited within The Church a particular devotion from whence she is called: Queen of Martyrs and Comforter of the Afflicted. The Church commemorates by two Feasts the martyrdom…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Most Holy Name of Mary

The Most Holy Name of Mary; Feria V in the Octave of the Nativity of the BVM: Missa “Vultum Tuum” Whatever interpretation of the name of Mary we may accept, whether it means bitterness, the lady of the sea, or beloved of God, it is still the name of our Mother in Heaven, the name which…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Nativity of Our Lady

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” This festival of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary originated in the East where it is mentioned very early. At Rome it was not observed before the reign of Pope Sergius I. As Eve, our first mother, arose from the side of Adam, dazzling…