Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Pius I

Pope St Pius I, Martyr; commemoration of St Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr &  Bl. Adrian Fortescue, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is the Feast of Pope Saint Pius I, Martyr and great Pope of the Second Century. According to the earliest list of the popes, given by Irenaeus (“Adv. haer.”, II, xxxi; cf….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Friday Ember

Pentecost Ember Friday: Missa “Repleátur os meum“ Station at the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles The stational Mass was at one time placed at Sts. John and Paul, but in the earlier days was held where the Roman Missal now assigns it. The spirit in which the Church solemnizes her feasts is one of intense…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Thursday

Pentecost Thursday: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The station is now at St. Lawrence, although the Mass would indicate that at one time it was at the Church of the Twelve Apostles. The Lesson from the Acts describes the joy which filled the people of Samaria when the deacon Philip preached the Gospel and worked miracles among them….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitMonday

Feria II in Pentecost Octave: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The liturgy recalls the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles; and the Church extends the commemoration of it over eight days Originally the feast of Pentecost brought to an end in Rome the fifty days of the Easter celebrations and introduced the fast of the Ember…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Venantius of Camerino, Martyr

St Venantius of Camerino, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti“ Venantius of Camerino (Italian: San Venanzio, also known as Saint Wigand) (died 18 May 251 or 253) is the patron saint of Camerino, Italy and Raiano, Italy. Christian tradition holds that he was a 15-year-old who was tortured, and martyred by decapitation at Camerino during the persecutions of Decius….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla & Pancras, Martyrs

SS. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla & Pancras, Martyrs: Missa “Ecce oculi” Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were servants of St. Flavia Domitilla. She was the wife of the consul Flavius Clemens. cousin of the Emperor Domitian. She died in exile on the island of Pandataria. Her granddaughter, likewise Domitilla, also died in exile on the island of Pontia….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Peter, Martyr

St Peter of Verona, Martyr; Comm. Octave of St George Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti“ In 1205 the glorious martyr Peter was born at Verona of Manichean parents; there he nonetheless attended a Catholic school. One day his Manichean uncle asked what he learnt there. The Creed, answered Peter: I believe in God, Creator of heaven…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Vitalis, Martyr

St Vitalis, Martyr; Comm. Octave of St George Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti“ St Vitalis is honoured as the principal patron of the city of Ravenna, in which he glorified God by martyrdom in the persecution of Nero. He was a citizen of Milan, and is said in his acts to have been the father of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr

St Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti“ If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. Complete generosity to others characterized this saint’s life. Born in 1577, Mark Rey became a lawyer who constantly upheld the causes of the poor and oppressed people. Nicknamed “the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Anselm of Canterbury

St Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio” Saint Anselm was born at Aoust, in Piedmont of Italian nobility. After a childhood devoted to piety and study, Anselm wanted to enter religious life, but his father prevented it, and Anselm became rather wordly for several years. Upon his mother’s death,…