Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Erconwald, Bishop & Confessor

St Erconwald, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Bishop of London, died about 690. He belonged to the princely family of the East Anglian Offa, and devoted a considerable portion of his patrimony to founding two monasteries, one for monks at Chertsey, and the other for nuns at Barking in Essex. Over the latter he…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Didacus, Confessor

Feast of Saint Didacus, Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma” This holy lay brother of the Order of Friars Minor was born around the turn of the 15th century to poor Spanish parents who placed him under the direction of a hermit living in the neighbourhood of San Nicolas del Puerto, his native town. Feeling himself…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Martin of Tours

St Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor; Com. St Mennas, Martyr: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” The story and history of Saint Martin of Tours. When a mere boy, Martin became a Christian catechumen against his parents’ wish; and at fifteen was therefore seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army. One…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Andrew Avellino, Confessor

St Andrew Avellino, Confessor: Missa “Os justi” On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew Avellino, 1521-1608. Lancelotto Avellino was a canon lawyer and a priest for the diocese of Naples. One day, while pleading a case, he told a lie. His remorse caused him to give up the practice of law. The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our holy father S. Willibrord

Our holy father St Willibrord, Bishop Confessor, Apostle to the Frisians, Founder of the See of Utrecht; Commemoration of the Octave of All Saints: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is the celebration of St. Willibrord, a British-born, Irish-trained, Roman-commissioned Benedictine who evangelized the Netherlands (or in the words of the Roman Martyrology, “Friesland and Denmark”). As…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Leonard the Hermit of Noblac, Confessor

St. Leonard the Hermit of Noblac, Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” Saint Leonard was born towards the end of the fifth century of illustrious parents, residing in the part of the province of Gaul which was then beginning to be called France. Several historians believe that with his brother Saint Lifard, his origins can…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. John Cantius; Confessor

St John of Kenty, Confessor: Missa “Miserátio hóminis” John was a country lad who made good in the big city and the big university of Kraków, Poland. After brilliant studies he was ordained a priest and became a professor of theology. The inevitable opposition which saints encounter led to his being ousted by rivals and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of St Edward, King & Confessor

Octave Day of St Edward, King & Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Edward was born in 1003. He was the last Saxon king to rule (for more than a few months) in England. He is called “Edward the Confessor” to distinguish him from another King of England, Edward the Martyr (c962-979), who was assassinated (presumably by…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gall, Confessor

St Gall, Confessor; Commemoration of the Octave of St Wilfrid & of St Edward, King & Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Saint Gall was born in Ireland soon after the middle of the sixth century, of pious, noble, and rich parents. He was raised in a monastery during his youth, under Saint Colomban and Saint Comgall,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Edward, King & Confessor

St Edward, King & Confessor; Commemoration of the Octave of St Wilfrid: Missa “Os justi” Edward was born in 1003. He was the last Saxon king to rule (for more than a few months) in England. He is called “Edward the Confessor” to distinguish him from another King of England, Edward the Martyr (c962-979), who…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Bruno, Confessor

S. Bruno, Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Saint Bruno of Cologne, after brilliant studies at Paris, was made a canon of Rheims cathedral. Feeling himself called to a life of retirement and penance he betook himself with six companions to a solitude called the Chartreuse and there laid the foundations of the Carthusian order. In the end…