Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Stephen, King of Hungary

St. Stephen the Great, King of Hungary, Confessor: Missa “Os justi“ St. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria and devoted much of his reign to the promotion…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitTuesday

Feria III in the Octave of Pentecost: Missa “Accípite” The titular church of St. Anastasia, once the Court church during the Byzantine period, is chosen for today’s station instead of the Basilica of St. Paul, as the latter is too far out for a procession at this season of the year when the weather is too warm. During…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ Whitsunday or the Solemnity of Pentecost is a Double of the First Class Feast with a Privileged Octave of the First Order and the Station at St. Peter. Our Lord Jesus Christ, being seated on the right hand of the Father, sent, as He had promised, the Holy Ghost upon the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Dunstan of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor

St Dunstan, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. Sunday IV Post Pascha, St Peter Celestine, Bishop of Rome & St Pudentiana, Virgin: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Born of a noble family at Baltonsborough, near Glastonbury, England, Dunstan was educated there by Irish monks and while still a youth, was sent to the court of King Athelstan. He became…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Antoninus of Florence

St Antoninus OP, Bishop & Confessor; comm. SS. Gordian & Epimachus, Martyrs: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” (1389-1459) Saint Antoninus, or Little Antony, as he was called from his small stature, was born at Florence in 1389. After a childhood of singular holiness, he begged to be admitted very young into the Dominican house at Fiesole;…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr

St Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” Saint Stanislaus, a Polish martyr, was Bishop of Cracow. King Boleslaw II was outraging the whole kingdom by his acts of lust and cruelty. St. Stanislaus, finding all remonstrances useless, excommunicated him. By order of the king he was cut in pieces at the foot of the altar while…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Mark the Evangelist

St Mark, Evangelist [transferred]; commemoration of St Catherine of Siena: Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. Mark was not regularly inserted into the Roman Calendar until about the Twelfth Century. This is explained by the original association of the commemorations of the saints with their tombs. Although St. Mark was among the first who with…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St George, Martyr, Patron of England

St George, Martyr, Patron of England (transferred): Missa “Protexisti” The feast of St. George is found in the Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, and Latin liturgies. The ancient “Georgia” is named after him. He is renowned as the armed defender of the Church, one who carried the trophies of victory over the enemy. Saint George (c. 275/281…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Spy Wednesday

Spy Wednesday: Missa “Ut in nomine Jesu” Such is the impious scheme devised on this day ie the betrayal of Our Lord by Judas to the Sanhedrin within the precincts of the Temple of Jerusalem. To testify her detestation at it, and to make atonement to the Son of God for the outrage thus offered Him, the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Holy Tuesday

Holy Tuesday: Missa “Nos autem” Station at the Church of St. Prisca in Rome . This was one of the 25 parishes of Rome in the fifth century. The Epistle, Gradual, Offertory and Communion are a perfect adaptation of the passages in the Old Testament to Christ persecuted. He is ‘the meek lamb that is carried to…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Holy Monday

Holy Monday: Missa “Judica Domine” Station at the Church of St. Praxedes. This is the church where the precious Pillar of Flagellation was brought from the Holy Land by the Crusaders along with three thorns from the Crown of Thorns. Under Pope Paschalis I many relics of numerous martyrs were brought to this church. In the…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Palm Sunday would be in any case a great and holy day, as it commemorates the last triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and opens the Holy Week. On this day, the Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, when the multitude, going before and following after Him,…