Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Dorothea of Caesarea, Virgin Martyr

St Dorothea of Caesarea, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Me expectaverunt“ According to her apocryphal tradition, Dorothy was a resident of Caesarea, Cappadocia, who when she refused to sacrifice to the gods during Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of the Christians, was tortured by the governor and ordered executed. On the way to the place of execution, she met a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Peter Nolasco

St Peter Nolasco, Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” Today the Church celebrates the sainthood of St. Peter Nolasco, the saintly founder of the Royal and Military Order of Our Lady of Mercy of the Redemption of the Captives. St. Peter (1182-1258) was born in southern France. After the death of his wealthy parents, he spent…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; S. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

S. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr; commemoration of Sunday III Post Epiphany: Missa “Sacerdotes Dei“ Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, was a disciple of Saint John. He wrote to the Philippians, exhorting them to mutual love and to hatred of heresy. When the apostate Marcion met Saint Polycarp at Rome, he asked the aged Saint if…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Peter’s Chair at Rome

S. Peter’s Chair at Rome; Commemoration of St Prisca, Virgin Martyr; beginning of the Octave of Christian Unity: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” Eleven years after the Ascension of our Blessed Lord, Saint Peter who had been appointed the head of the Church on earth by Christ Himself, transferred the seat of the Papacy from Antioch to Rome,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Anthony, Abbot

S. Antony, Abbot: Missa “Os justi” After St. Paul the Hermit, father of the Anchorites or hermits, the Christmas Cycle honours Saint Anthony, father of the Cenobites, who live in common. When he was 18, he retired into the Egyptian desert and led the life of a hermit. The devil, in order to frighten him…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

S. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae” After having persecuted the Church during the first centuries, the Christian, but at the same time heretical emperors, continued their attacks by supporting Arianism which denied the divinity of Christ. In the season after Epiphany, when Jesus affirms His divinity by His teaching…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of the Feast of the Epiphany

Octave Day of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The thoughts of the Church, today, are fixed on the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan, which is the second of the three Mysteries of the Epiphany. The Emmanuel manifested Himself to the Magi, after having shown Himself to the Shepherds; but…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Circumcision of Our Lord

The Circumcision of Our Lord: Missa “Puer natus” Circumcision was a sacrament of the Old Law, and the first legal observance required of the descendants of Abraham by Almighty God. It was a sacrament of initiation in the service of God, and a promise, an engagement, to believe and act as He had revealed and directed. The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Eusebius, Bishop and Martyr

S. Eusebius, Bishop and Martyr; Commemoration of the Feria of Advent III: Missa “Sacerdotes Dei“ Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine proclaimed Christianity the state religion, believing this would end the bloodshed and martyrdom. But it was all too short a time until they were facing persecution once more — from others…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bibiana, Virgin Martyr

St Bibiana, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Me expectaverunt“ St. Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr (Feast day – December 2nd) Other than the name, nothing is known for certain about this saint. However, we have the following account from a later tradition. In the year 363, Julian the Apostate made Apronianus Governor of Rome. St. Bibiana suffered in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Peter of Alexandria, Martyr

St. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop, Martyr; com. St Sylvester, Abbot: Missa “In virtúte” The Holy Hieromartyr Peter of Alexandria was the head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria and was Archbishop of the Church of Alexandria during the rise of the the Arian heresy during the early years of the fourth century. He was the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Callistus of Rome, Bishop & Martyr

S. Callistus, Bishop of Rome & Martyr; commemoration of the Octaves of St Wilfrid of York, & of St Edward, King & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes Dei“ Callistus was born to a Christian slave who had a Christian master in second-century Rome. He was placed in charge of a Christian bank which went broke. He fled…