Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr

Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr: Missa “Sederunt príncipes” The body of St. Stephen, the first martyr, with those of some other saints, was discovered near Jerusalem in the year 415. Later the body of the saint was taken to Constantinople and finally to Rome, where it now lies beside that of St. Lawrence….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Anne, Mother of Mary

St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Mother of Our Lady. Grandmother of Jesus Christ. Wife of Saint Joachim. Tradition says that Anne was quite elderly when Mary was born, and that she was their only child. The belief that Anne remained a virgin in the conception and birth of Mary was…

Today’s Saint; S. Francis Caracciolo, Confessor

St Francis Caracciolo Confessor; Comm. Feria in the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Factum est” A medical crisis that proved to be a false alarm changed the life of this 16th-century saint. At age 22, Francis developed a troublesome skin disease resembling leprosy—one of the most dreaded diseases of the day. He vowed that if…

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

St Philip Neri C.O. Confessor, Apostle 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 of the Congregation of the Oratory (now the Institute of the…

Today’s Saint; S. Chad, Bishop & Confessor

St Chad, Bishop & Confessor, Apostle to Mercia Born: c.AD 623 in Northumbria Abbot of Lastingham Bishop of York Bishop of Lichfield Died: 2nd March AD 672 at Lichfield, Staffordshire St. Chad, or Ceadda, was the youngest of the four brothers: Cedd, Cynebil, Celin and Chad, all eminent priests. Despite attempts to claim him as…

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

S. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr: 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 he knew him. “Yes,” Saint Polycarp…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Wulfstan of Worcester

St Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester & Confessor; Commemoration of the Martyrs, Marus, Martha, Audifax and Abachum and St Canute King and Martyr: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Wulfstan was the son of Athelstan and Wulfgeva. Even during his youth his piety had been noted, and he went on to study at the monasteries of Evesham and Peterborough. Once…

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…