Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St David of Wales

(UK) St David, Bishop Confessor: 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 sprang up about David and his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gilbert of Sempringham

S. Gilbert of Sempringham, Confessor; Comm. the Octave of S. Cuthman, Hermit & 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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Romuald, Abbot

S. Romuald, Abbot: Missa “Os iusti” St. Romuald was born in Ravenna of a noble family. Founder of the Camaldolese monks — one of the Italian branches of the Benedictines — in which the eremitical life is combined with life in community. He died in 1027, after a life of prayer and rigorous penance. St. Romuald,…

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. 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. Felix of Valois, Confessor

Saint Felix of Valois, Confessor and Religious Founder: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit” Saint Felix of Valois was born in 1127 and died at Cerfroi on November 4, 1212. He was surnamed Valois because, according to some, he was a member of the royal branch of Valois in France, according to others, because he was a…

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: Sunday’s Mass; St Martin of Tours

St Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor; Com. Sunday V Post Epiphany and 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…

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. John of Beverley

St John of Beverley, Bishop Confessor, Com. SS Chrysanthus & Daria, Martyrs: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” John was one of the leaders of the Northumbrian Church following the conversion of the North to Christianity in the 620s and 630s. According to later tradition he was born at Harpham near Driffield, and he was certainly Bishop of Hexham…

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 was assassinated…

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…