Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Nicholas of Myra

St Nicholas of Myra, Bishop and Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Saint Nicholas (Greek: Ἅγιος Νικόλαος, Hágios Nikólaos, Latin: Sanctus Nicolaus); (15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra, was Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey), and is a historic Christian saint. Because of the many miracles attributed to his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Birinus, Bishop & Confessor

St Birinus, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. St Sabbas, Abbot & Feria IV Advent I: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” In AD 634, Birinus, a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of St Andrew on the Coelian Hill in Rome, was sent by Pope Honorius I to England to convert the West Saxons. He landed on the south coast in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bibiana, Virgin Martyr

St Bibiana, Virgin Martyr: Missa “Me expectaverunt“ St. Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr (Feast day – December 2nd) Other than the name, nothing is known for certain about this saint. However, we have the following account from a later tradition. In the year 363, Julian the Apostate made Apronianus Governor of Rome. St. Bibiana suffered in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gregory Thaumaturgus

St Gregory Thaumaturgus, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Gregory was born to a distinguished pagan family in Neoceasarea in 213. He became a disciple of Origin, and afterward was appointed Bishop of Neoceasarea. Illustrious for his doctrine and sanctity, he was still more memorable for the number and brilliance of miracles he worked, which earned…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Peter of Alexandria, Martyr

St. Peter of Alexandria, Bishop, Martyr; com. St Sylvester, Abbot: Missa “In virtúte” The Holy Hieromartyr Peter of Alexandria was the head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria and was Archbishop of the Church of Alexandria during the rise of the the Arian heresy during the early years of the fourth century. He was the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr

St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” The legend of St. Catherine of Alexandria is unsupported by solid historical authority. Devotion to her began in the West about the Eleventh Century and was widely spread by the Crusaders. We have still much to learn about…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Clement, Martyr

St Clement, Pope & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dominus” Pope Saint Clement I, who was styled by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians (iv, 3) as his fellow laborer,” succeeded St. Cletus as Pope in the year 90. He is named third in the Canon of the Mass, after the apostles. There is no serious…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple [Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ In Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is one of the days when women named Mary (Μαρία in Greek) and Despoina (Δέσποινα in Greek) celebrate their Name Day. It was celebrated in the East as early…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gertrude the Great, Virgin and Abbess

Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin and Abbess: Missa “Dilexisti” The Roman Martyrology commemorates, today, the virgin St. Gertrude, who is to be distinguished from another virgin of the same name, whose life is recorded in the month of March. The Breviary relates of her, as follows: Gertrude was born at Eisleben, in Saxony, the same place…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Didacus, Confessor

Feast of Saint Didacus, Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma” This holy lay brother of the Order of Friars Minor was born around the turn of the 15th century to poor Spanish parents who placed him under the direction of a hermit living in the neighbourhood of San Nicolas del Puerto, his native town. Feeling himself…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour

Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour – the Lateran; Commemoration of St Theodore the Recruit, Martyr: Missa “Terribilis est” As one of the four principle basilicas of Rome and one of the seven pilgrim churches, Rome’s Cathedral of St. John, the Basilica of Our Divine Savior is dedicated to both St. John…