Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St David of Wales

(UK) St David, Bishop Confessor; with Commemoration of the Lenten Feria: Missa “Statuit“ David is the patron saint of Wales and perhaps the most famous of British saints. It is known that he became a priest, engaged in missionary work and founded many monasteries, including his principal abbey in southwestern Wales. Many stories and legends…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Seven Holy Founders of the Servites

Seven Holy Founders of the Servites: Missa “Justi decantaverunt” There were seven concilors of Florence who founded the Servants of Mary or Servites in 1233. The best known were Saint Buonfiglio dei Monaldi and Saint Alessio de’ Falconieri, who served as a lay brother all his life.The other five were also from influential families in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gilbert of Sempringham

S. Gilbert of Sempringham, Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma” Son of the wealthy Norman knight Jocelin. When Gilbert showed no signs of becoming a soldier, his father exiled him to Paris, France to study. Gilbert returned to England as a master of arts, and opened a school for the children of the poor in Sempringham,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Andrew Corsini

St Andrew Corsini, Bishop Confessor: Missa “Statuit“ St. Andrew, of the noble family of Corsini, was born at Florence, and from his birth was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. His mother dreamed that she had given birth to a wolf which, on entering into the Carmelite church, was suddenly changed into a lamb. Her son…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Francis Xavier, Confessor

St Francis Xavier, Confessor; com. of Advent I: Missa “Loquébar“ Saint Francis Xavier was not born a saint. He had to work at it for in the dangerous days of the Reformation, as young Spanish gentleman, he was making a name for himself as a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris. He was…

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…