Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Pope St Anicetus, Martyr

Pope St Anicetus, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” Born in Emesa, Syria at the end of the first century, he came along at a time when most of the Apostles had already died. Anicetus was of the generation of leaders who had never met any of the original leaders of the fledgling Church. It is said that Anicetus…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Justin, Martyr

St Justin, Martyr: Missa “Narravérunt“ “We are slain with the sword, but we increase and multiply; the more we are persecuted and destroyed, the more are deaf to our numbers. As a vine, by being pruned and cut close, shoots forth new suckers, and bears a greater abundance of fruit; so is it with us.” –…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria VI Paschaltide II

Feria of Eastertide II: Missa “Quasi modo” The Church compares the Neophytes to newborn babes, and the milk she gives them to drink (Introit) is the faith in Christ which will enable them to overcome with Him the world. This faith has for its foundation the testimony of the Father, Who at the baptism of Christ…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Hermenegild, Martyr

St. Hermenegild, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti“ Leovigild, Arian King of the Visigoths, had two sons, Hermenegild and Recared, who were reigning conjointly with him. All were Arians, but Hermenegild married a zealous Catholic, the daughter of Sigebert, King of France, and by her holy example was converted to the faith. His father, on hearing the news, denounced…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria V Paschaltide II

Feria of Eastertide II: Missa “Quasi modo” The Church compares the Neophytes to newborn babes, and the milk she gives them to drink (Introit) is the faith in Christ which will enable them to overcome with Him the world. This faith has for its foundation the testimony of the Father, Who at the baptism of Christ…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria III Paschaltide II

Feria of Eastertide II: Missa “Quasi modo” The Church compares the Neophytes to newborn babes, and the milk she gives them to drink (Introit) is the faith in Christ which will enable them to overcome with Him the world. This faith has for its foundation the testimony of the Father, Who at the baptism of Christ…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Annunciation of the BVM

(Transferred) In Annuntiatione Beate Mariæ Virgine (transferred): Missa “Vultum Tuum“ This feast, prepared by that of St. Gabriel, recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of our Lord (Gospel) in the womb of a Virgin (Epistle). On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to itself for ever the humanity of Jesus. March…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Low Sunday

Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Station at the Church of St. Pancras in Rome. Low Sunday, so called in order to emphasize the contrast between the great Easter solemnity and the Sunday which ends the Octave, is also known as Quasimodo, from the first words of the Introit. (Not the hunchback of Notre Dame!) In…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saturday in Paschaltide I

Saturday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Edúxit Dóminus“ The conclusion today of the baptismal celebrations calls the neophytes together again in the Lateran Basilica beside the font in which on Easter Eve they were born to newness of life. Today’s stational liturgy seems to be influenced more than ever by the thought of purity and innocence, like…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Friday in Paschaltide I

Friday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Edúxit eos Dóminus“ In the Seventh Century the Roman Pantheon was dedicated to St. Mary and the heroic sons of the Roman Church, who had suffered martyrdom. The martyrs indeed seem to have a particular right to the glory of the Resurrection on account of their perfect resemblance to Christ crucified;…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday in Paschaltide I

Thursday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Victricem“ Station at the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome. Under the high altar of this church are preserved the relics of the Apostles Philip and James only; the stational feast is celebrated in honor of all the Apostles together. The Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles deals with…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday in Paschaltide I

Wednesday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Venite, benedicti“ Station at the St. Laurence-Without-the-Walls. Today we honor St. Lawrence, the Cross-bearer of the Roman Church, to express our gratitude for the favor shown by him to the catechumens in bringing them to holy Baptism. The Gospel gives the account of the third appearance of the risen Savior to…