Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent II

Tuesday Lent II; com. the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste: 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…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent I

Thursday Lent I: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúdo” Collecta at St. Agatha in Monasterio. Station at St. Lawrence in Panisperna. The titular church of the famous deaconry of the Suburra was dedicated to the Sicilian martyr Agatha; in the eighth century a monastery was attached to it. St. Lawrence in Panisperna on the Viminal marks the spot…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday after Ash Wednesday

Friday After Ash Wednesday: Missa “Audívit Dóminus” The Station today is at Sts. John And Paul. The stational Mass was on the Caelian Hill, in the Basilica of Bizante, erected by that senator and his son Pammachius within the house of SS. John and Paul. The two martyrs had suffered death on this spot for the faith,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Thursday after Ash Wednesday; Commemoration of St Thomas Aquinas, Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “Dum clamarem” Today’s station – Surrounded by the ruins of the empire that put its patron to death, the humble church of St. George in the Velabrum is a continuing reminder of the faith and sacrifice of that great…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthias, Apostle

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” St. Peter, in the Acts of the Apostles (Epistle), says that the prophet had Judas in view when he declares “That his episcopate would pass into other hands.” It is the Lord Himself who showed the one He had chosen to be associated with the eleven apostles…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of the Chair of Peter at Antioch

Feast of the Chair of Peter at Antioch: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” That Saint Peter, before he went to Rome, founded the see of Antioch is attested by many Saints of the earliest times, including St. Ignatius of Antioch and Pope St. Clement I. It was just that the Prince of the Apostles should take…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Andrew Corsini

St Andrew Corsini, Bishop Confessor: Missa “Statuit“ St. Andrew, of the noble family of Corsini, was born at Florence, and from his birth was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. His mother dreamed that she had given birth to a wolf which, on entering into the Carmelite church, was suddenly changed into a lamb. Her son…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Blaise

St Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; Comm. St Laurence of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” St Blaise: Many Catholics might remember Saint Blaise’s feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place on this day. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said. Saint…

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

S. Agnes Virgin & Martyr (Octave Day): Missa “Vultum tuum” As it coincided with her “octave day” a legend grew, saying that Agnes appeared on this day to her parents praying at her tomb, surrounded by a “bevy of virgins” (Introit), resplendent with light. “On her right hand was a lamb whiter than snow: it was…

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: Today’s Mass; Day VI in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD; Commemoration of St. Hyginus Pope and Martyr: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The Magi were not satisfied with paying their adorations to the great King, whom Mary presented to them. After the example of the Queen of Saba, who paid her homage to the Prince of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day V in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The Star foretold by Balaam having risen in the East, the three Magi, whose hearts were full of the expectation of the promised Redeemer, are immediately inflamed with the desire of going in search of Him. The announcement of the glad…