Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitWednesday, Ember

Pentecost Ember Wednesday: Missa “Deus, dum“ The station is at St. Mary Major, as is the rule in Rome whenever the scrutinies of the candidates for Holy Orders are to take place. The Ember Days of Pentecost differ from the others in that they fall during a joyful Season of the Liturgical Year and during the…

Station Wednesday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Mariam Majorem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who are continually afflicted by reason of our excesses, may be delivered through the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at St. Mary Major for the second time during Lent. As we set our eyes on the Sacred Triduum, it is good to stand in…

Station Tuesday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Priscam

Almighty and everlasting God, grant that we may celebrate the mysteries of our Lord’s Passion that we may deserve to receive Thy pardon. Through Jesus Christ our Lord… The Station today is at the church of St. Prisca. Saint Prisca was baptized by Saint Peter when she was thirteen. She was thrown to the lions…

Station Monday Passiontide II: Statio ad St Praxedem

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we who ail through infirmity in our many difficulties, may be relieved through the merits of the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at the church of St. Praxedes which was built over St. Praxedes’ house. It was one of the twenty-five original parishes in Rome. It is easily…

Station Thursday Passiontide I: Statio ad St Apollinarem

Grant, we pray Thee, almighty God, that the dignity of humankind, impaired as it is by self-indulgence, may be restored by the practice of wholesome self-denial: through Our Lord… The Station at Rome is in the church of St. Apollinaris, who was a disciple of St. Peter, and afterwards bishop of Ravenna. He was martyred. The church was founded in…

Tuesday Passiontide I: Statio ad St Cyriacum

May our fasts be acceptable to Thee, O Lord, and expiate our sins; may they make us worthy of Thy grace, and lead us unto life everlasting. Through Our Lord… The Station in Rome was formerly the church of the martyr St. Cyriacus, and as such it is still given in the Roman missal; but this holy sanctuary having…

Monday Passiontide I: Statio ad St Chrysogonum

Sanctify our fasts, we beseech Thee, O Lord and in Thy mercy grant us pardon for all our sins. Through Our Lord… The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Chrysogonus, one of the most celebrated martyrs of the Church of Rome. His name is inserted in the Canon of the Mass. The church was…

Station Wednesday Lent III: Statio ad St Xystum

O Lord, may our fasting and our avoidance of sin win for us Your readier forgiveness. Through Our Lord . . . The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Sisto Vecchio. It was built in the 4th century, and was one of the first parish churches in Rome and was known as…

Monday Lent III: Statio ad St Marcum

Pour forth in Thy mercy, we beseech Thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts, that as we abstain from carnal food, may we also restrain our senses from harmful excesses. Through our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Mark, which was built in the fourth century in honor of the evangelist,…

Saturday Lent II: Statio ad Ss Marcellinum et Petrum

Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, a saving virtue to our fast: that the chastisement of the flesh, which we have taken upon us, may bestow new life to our souls: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of Sts. Peter and Marcellinus, two celebrated martyrs of Rome under the persecution of Diocletian. Their relics were brought…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Lent II

Second Sunday of Lent: Missa “Reminiscere” Let the sight of the grandeur of Jesus transfigured prepare us for the contemplation shortly of the humiliation of His Passion. In St. John’s Gospel (I: 51), our Lord applies the vision of Jacob’s ladder to Himself, to show that in the midst of the persecutions of which He was the…