Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Our Lady’s Visitation

The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Comm. In the Octave of SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Missa “Salve Sancta“ Blessed Mary’s first action after God had come to dwell in her was one of self-denying charity. She undertook a troublesome journey in order to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Thus…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help; commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Gaudeamus“ The earliest written account of the image comes from a Latin and Italian plaque placed in the church of San Matteo in Via Merulana where it was first venerated by the public in 1499. The writer of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. William of Vercelli, Abbot

S. William of Vercelli, Abbot; Comm. the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Os justi” St. William was born in 1085 at Vercelli in the Piedmont region of Italy of noble and wealthy parents. When he was still very young, he determined to renounce the world and become a hermit. He…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Etheldreda Queen, Virgin, Abbess

St. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess; commemoration of the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Missa “Dilexisti” Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Silverius Pope & Martyr

S. Silverius Pope & Martyr: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ SILVERIUS was son of Pope Hermisdas, who had been married before he entered the ministry. Upon the death of St. Agapetas, after a vacancy of forty-seven days, Silverius, then subdeacon, was chosen Pope, and ordained on the 8th of June, 536. Theodora, the empress of Justinian,…

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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi: Missa “Cibávít eos“ This feast is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday and is the feast where we celebrate the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar – the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ confected in the Roman Canon of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…

Today’s Saint; S. Philip Neri C.O. Confessor

St Philip Neri C.O. Confessor, Apostle of Rome; Commemoration of the Ascension Octave & St Eleutherius, Bishop of Rome Saint Philip Neri, Italian San Filippo Neri, (born July 21, 1515, Florence [Italy]—died May 26, 1595, Rome; canonized 1622; feast day May 26), Italian priest and one of the outstanding mystics during the Counter-Reformation and founder…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bernardine of Siena, Confessor

St Bernardine of Siena, Confessor; commemoration of the Vigil of the Ascension: Missa “Os justi“ At this season of the year, when Jesus by His triumph has realized His name of Saviour, the Cycle celebrates the Feast of St. Bernardine who was consumed “by the very ardent love of this divine name” (Collect). Born of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paschal Baylon, Confessor

St Paschal Baylon, Confessor: Missa “Os justi“ Paschal’s Spanish parents were poor and pious. Between the ages of seven and 24 he worked as a shepherd and began a life of mortification. He was able to pray on the job and was especially attentive to the church bell, which rang at the Elevation during Mass….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Isidro Labrado, Confessor

St Isidore the Farm Labourer, Confessor; Commemoration of St John Bapiste de La Salle: Missa “Justus ut palma” Isidore was born in Madrid, Spain, 1070; died there in 1130; canonized in 1622. The saint was born into a peasant family. He was baptized Isidore in honor of the famous archbishop of Seville. His unreliable biography…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Easter IV

Feria of Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantate” Of all the gifts that come from God, the most excellent is the gospel and regeneration in baptism, by which He has made us His children and heirs of heaven. How great is this honor, and how earnestly we should endeavor to preserve it! To hear the…