Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Aldhelm, Bishop Confessor

St Aldhelm, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. S. Urban Pope & Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Aldhelm was born in Wessex, in AD 639. He was apparently a ‘nephew’ of King Ine, probably, in fact, a cousin of some kind. His father’s name was Centa, and it has been suggested that this was a pet name for Ine’s…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ubaldus of Gubbio

St Ubaldus of Gubbio, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus“ Today the Holy Church celebrates the life of St. Ubaldus, Bishop of Gubio and Confessor. Born to noble parents, St. Ubaldus lived a pious childhood. After his father died while Ubaldus was still quite young, the boy became a canon regular for the local…

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,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday Lent III

Saturday Lent III: Missa “Verba mea áuribus” The Station is at the Church of St. Susanna, a Roman virgin who was martyred under the Emperor Diocletian. This sanctuary was one of the twenty-five parish churches of Rome in the fifth century. The analogy between the circumstances of the martyrdom of St. Susanna (11th August) and the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday Lent III

Friday Lent III: Missa “Fac mecum, Dómine” The Collecta today is at St. Mary ad Martyres which is the name given to the beautiful Pantheon of Agrippa when it was turned into a Christian Church by Pope Boniface IV(608-15). The Romans of the Middle Ages loved this majestic sanctuary, where among other relics was preserved in a casket locked with thirteen…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent III

Thursday Lent III: Missa “Salus pópuli ego sum“ Collecta at St. Mark. Station at Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Under the high altar of St. Mark’s rest the bodies of the martyrs Sts. Abdon, Sennen, and Hermes, transferred thither by Pope Gregory IV (827-44). The stational Basilica at Sts. Cosmas and Damian we have already noticed as the place of the collecta on the second Monday…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday Lent III

Wednesday Lent III: Missa “Ego autem in Dómino sperábo” 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 the Titulus Crescentianae. Tradition claims that it was founded by Pope Anastasius I. Lesson…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday Lent III

Monday Lent III: Missa “In Deo laudabo verbum” Collecta at St. Adrian. Station at St. Mark The church of St. Adrian was dedicated by Pope Honorius I (625-38) to the memory of this famous martyr of Nicomedia, who, during the Byzantine era, was the object of much devotion in Rome. The stational Basilica de Pallacine, dedicated…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Lent III

Third Sunday of Lent: Missa “Oculi mei” The Station for the Third Sunday in Lent is at St. Laurence-without-the-Walls in Rome which was built by Constantine on the Tiburtine Way. It contains the tomb of the celebrated deacon, the great martyr of Rome. Enlarged and enriched in the course of the ages, it has always been much…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday Lent II

Saturday Lent II: Missa “Lex Domini” The Station at Sts. Marcellinus and Peter is in the basilica founded by St. Helen on the Via Lavicana, where were buried the bodies of St. Marcellinus, priest, and St. Peter, exorcist, martyred at Rome during the Diocletian persecution. Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass. This church…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday Lent II

Wednesday Lent II: Missa “Ne derelínquas mé” The Basilica of St. George still stands on the further side of the pons Senatorum, in the region of the Velabrum. The titulus Cecilice is in Trastevere, in the actual house of the martyr. In 1595, the sarcophagus under the altar containing her relics was opened, and the body…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent II

Tuesday Lent II: Missa “Tibi dixit cor meum” There was no collecta on this day, perhaps because the Station of the Basilica of St. Balbina stood alone, far away on the Aventine, there being no other church in its vicinity from which the stational procession could set out. The foundress of the titulus Balbince- dedicated at…