Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Agnes Virgin and Martyr

S. Agnes Virgin and Martyr: Missa “Me exspectaverunt peccatores” Martyred for her faith at the early age of twelve, Saint Agnes was one of the youngest-known named martyrs in the Communion of Saints. She was born into a wealthy Roman aristocratic family and was remarkable for her beauty as a child. But the true beauty was…

Carissimi: Sunday’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: SS Primus & Felicianus, Martyrs

SS Primus & Felicianus, Martyrs: Missa “Sapiéntiam Sanctórum” These two martyrs were brothers who lived in Rome, heirs of a family of great wealth, toward the latter part of the third century. It was through the assiduous love of Pope Felix I that they had the happiness, in their mature years, of being converted to…

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. Rogationtide, 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 a Benedictine monk…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Antoninus of Florence

St Antoninus OP, Bishop & Confessor; comm. Sunday IV Post Easter, & 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…

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: Octave Day of St George, Martyr, Patron of England

St George, Martyr, Patron of England; Comm. St Erkonwald of London, Confessor: 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….