Carissimi: Today’s Mass; In the Octave of the Conception of the BVM

Day III in the Octave of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; St Melchiades of Rome, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Salve Sancta” The feast speaks to us, by example of the Blessed Virgin, of the uniqueness of our individual creation – God’s conception of us in His eternal mind and His purposing us by…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Conception of the BVM

Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Salve Sancta” Holy Mother Church celebrates today the ancient feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. An innovation in 1854 by Pope Pius IX altered the title and Mass of the feast adding the word “Immaculate”, but primitively and more traditionally the feast is known without it…

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 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; S. Hugh of Lincoln

St. Hugh of Lincoln, Confessor Bishop; commemoration of St Hilda of Whitby: Missa “Sacerdotes“ A native of Burgundy, Hugh was born in Avalon, near Grenoble in 1140 and joined the Carthusian Order at the age of 20. He was highly regarded for his intellectual ability, his integrity and caring nature. At the request of Henry…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Charles Borromeo

St Charles Borromeo, Bishop Confessor; commemoration of the Octave of All Saints and Ss. Vitalus & Agrícola Martyrs: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” No age of the Catholic Church’s history is without its share of confusion and corruption. Still, even in moments when disorder may seem overwhelming, individuals and movements eventually arise to propose the faith…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

SS Simon & Jude, Apostles: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” On this day we celebrate two Apostles Saint Simon and Saint Jude Thaddeus, most probably because some historians have them being martyred together. The name of Simon occurs in all the passages of the Gospel and Acts, in which a list of the Apostles is given. To…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. John of Beverley

St John of Beverley, Bishop Confessor, Com. SS Chrysanthus & Daria, Martyrs: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” John was one of the leaders of the Northumbrian Church following the conversion of the North to Christianity in the 620s and 630s. According to later tradition he was born at Harpham near Driffield, and he was certainly Bishop of Hexham…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Wilfrid of York, Apostle of the South Saxons

St Wilfrid of York, Apostle to the South Saxons, Co-Patron of the Sussex Mission: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” Wilfrid was born in Northumbria in 634. He was educated in the Celtic tradition by Monks in the monastery on Lindisfarne (called Holy Island today) a small island off the Northumberland coast. As a young man, Wilfrid went to Rome with…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paulinus of York

St Paulinus of York, Bishop Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Paulinus (died 644) played the principal role in the conversion of Northumberland, which by 625 had become the most powerful of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, stretching from the Humber to the Firth of Forth, and from the North Sea to the Pennines. Unusually for someone of that…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Francis of Assisi, Confessor

St Francis of Assisi, Confessor: Missa “Mihi autem absit gloriári” Saint Francis of Assisi, “the little beggar” is perhaps the most popular saint in history. Francis was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy and his baptismal name was John, but his father renamed him Franceso, in honor of his love for France. The son of a wealthy…