Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Friday Passiontide I

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserére mihi “ The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Stephen on Monte Celio. This church of the great proto-martyr was chosen as the place where the faithful were to assemble on the Friday of Passion week. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of the season, the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday Passiontide I

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Omnia, quae fecisti” The Collecta for this day is at Sta. Maria “in Via Lata.” Under the high altar of Sta. Maria is preserved with all veneration the body of St. Agapitus, the famous martyr of Praeneste (Palestrina), together with some relics of St. Cyriacus, the martyr of…

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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday Passiontide I

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Liberátor meus” The Collecta for this day is at the church built by Pope Marcus, where the station was held on Monday after the third Sunday in Lent. Station was at St. Marcellus. The title of Marcellus stands on the Via Lata, on the site once occupied by…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday Passiontide I

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Exspecta Dominum” Station at St. Cyriacus in Rome at the Baths of Diocletian. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of the season, the Psalm Judica me Psalm 42 is omitted as well as the Gloria Patri after the Introit and the Lavabo. A very ancient regulation prohibited the procession…

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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monday Passiontide I

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserére mihi” Station is at St. Chrysogonus’ Church in Trastevere across the Tiber. This was the titular church of Pope Leo XIII when he was still a Cardinal. St. Chrysogonus is one of the saints invoked in the Canon of the Mass. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of…

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…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Passion Sunday

Sunday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Judica me” With Passion Sunday the Season of Passiontide has begun and today’s Mass is full of the thought of the Passion of Jesus and of the infidelity of the Jews, whose place in the Kingdom of God was taken by those who were baptized; that is to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Benedict

Feast of Saint Benedict, Abbot and Religious Founder; Commemoration of the Lenten Feria: Missa “Os justi” Known as the “Father of Western Monastic Life,” Saint Benedict is the founder of the Benedictines. Born in 480 into a noble family in the village of Nursia, Italy, he studied in Rome but, fearing he would succumb to the…

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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday Lent III

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent: Missa “Ego clamavi” Collects at Sts. Sergius and Bacchus. The Byzantines built at least five churches in Rome to the honor of the martyrs Sergius and Bacchus. The one where the people collected for the procession to the Basilica of Pudens, was called the Canelicum, and stood in the…