Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Justin, Martyr

St Justin, Martyr: Missa “Narravérunt“ “We are slain with the sword, but we increase and multiply; the more we are persecuted and destroyed, the more are deaf to our numbers. As a vine, by being pruned and cut close, shoots forth new suckers, and bears a greater abundance of fruit; so is it with us.” –…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Hermenegild, Martyr

St. Hermenegild, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti“ Leovigild, Arian King of the Visigoths, had two sons, Hermenegild and Recared, who were reigning conjointly with him. All were Arians, but Hermenegild married a zealous Catholic, the daughter of Sigebert, King of France, and by her holy example was converted to the faith. His father, on hearing the news, denounced…

Station Wednesday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Mariam Majorem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who are continually afflicted by reason of our excesses, may be delivered through the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at St. Mary Major for the second time during Lent. As we set our eyes on the Sacred Triduum, it is good to stand in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday Passiontide II

Tuesday in Passiontide II: Missa “Nos autem“ Station at the Church of St. Prisca in Rome . This was one of the 25 parishes of Rome in the fifth century. The Epistle, Gradual, Offertory and Communion are a perfect adaptation of the passages in the Old Testament to Christ persecuted. He is ‘the meek lamb that…

Station Tuesday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Priscam

Almighty and everlasting God, grant that we may celebrate the mysteries of our Lord’s Passion that we may deserve to receive Thy pardon. Through Jesus Christ our Lord… The Station today is at the church of St. Prisca. Saint Prisca was baptized by Saint Peter when she was thirteen. She was thrown to the lions…

Station Monday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Praxedem

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who ail through infirmity in our many difficulties, may be relieved through the merits of the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at the church of St. Praxedes which was built over St. Praxedes’ house. It was one of the twenty-five original parishes in Rome. It is easily…

Sunday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Ioannem Laterano

O God, whom to love above all is righteousness, multiply in us the gifts of Thine ineffable grace: and since Thou hast given us in the death of Thy Son to hope for those things which we believe, grant us by the Resurrection of the same to attain the end to which we aspire. The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saturday Passiontide I

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserere mei” Today’s Station on this day before Palm Sunday is at the Church of St. John’s Before The Latin Gate. Remember that St John the Apostle and Evangelist endured but did not succumb to martyrdom. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of the season, the Psalm Judica me…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Friday Passiontide I

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserére mihi “ The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Stephen on Monte Celio. This church of the great proto-martyr was chosen as the place where the faithful were to assemble on the Friday of Passion week. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of the season, the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday Passiontide I

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Omnia, quae fecisti” The Collecta for this day is at Sta. Maria “in Via Lata.” Under the high altar of Sta. Maria is preserved with all veneration the body of St. Agapitus, the famous martyr of Praeneste (Palestrina), together with some relics of St. Cyriacus, the martyr of…

Station Thursday Passiontide I: Statio ad St Apollinarem

Grant, we pray Thee, almighty God, that the dignity of humankind, impaired as it is by self-indulgence, may be restored by the practice of wholesome self-denial: through Our Lord… The Station at Rome is in the church of St. Apollinaris, who was a disciple of St. Peter, and afterwards bishop of Ravenna. He was martyred. The church was founded in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday Passiontide I

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Liberátor meus” The Collecta for this day is at the church built by Pope Marcus, where the station was held on Monday after the third Sunday in Lent. Station was at St. Marcellus. The title of Marcellus stands on the Via Lata, on the site once occupied by…