Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Michaelmas Ember Friday

Michaelmas Ember Friday: Missa “Lætétur cor“ Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 14 September, 1 are known as “Michaelmas Embertide,” and they come near the beginning of Autumn (September, October, November). The Lessons focus on the Old Covenant’s Day of Atonement and the fast of the seventh month,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was destined for her role in the history of our salvation (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall of Adam, so also Mary…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Giles, Abbot

S. Giles, Abbot; Commemoration of the Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs: Missa “Os iusti” ATHENS, in Greece, was the native city of St. Giles. He was of noble parentage, and devoted himself from early youth to piety and learning. After the death of his parents he distributed his rich inheritance to the poor, and to escape the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XII Post Pentecost

Sunday XII Post Pentecost: Missa “Deus, in adjutórìum meum” We have been initiated into spiritual life by the Sacrament of Baptism and strengthened, perfected, by the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Feast of Pentecost has celebrated the efficaciousness of Baptism and Confirmation: the graces and fruits given by the Holy Ghost.The Church recalls in the Liturgy today…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr

Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” The pontificate of this first third-century pope was to see a storm of heresy rage around the pontiff, who had to keep a firm hand on the tiller of Peter’s bark. According to the “Liber Pontificalis,” Zephyrinus was a Roman, the son of Habundius. He ordered that all ordinations,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church; Com. Sunday XI Post Pentecost & Feria in the Octave of the Dormition: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ ERNARD was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy near Dijon, in 1090. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of St Laurence, Martyr

Octave Day of St Laurence, Martyr: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” Today is celebrated the “eighth day” or Octave Day of St Laurence of Rome (Aug 10th). Commemoration is made of the Octave of the Dormition [Assumption] hence the Creed is recited. INTROIT Psalm 96: 6 Praise and beauty are before Him: holiness and majesty in His sanctuary….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition [/Assumption]: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ As early as the Seventh Century the preparation, by a solemn fast, for keeping devoutly the great festival of the Dormition of the Mother of God (aka The Assumption), is described as a custom of great antiquity. In Orthodoxy and Catholicism, in the language of the scripture, death is often…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; X Post Pentecost

Sunday X Post Pentecost; Commemoration of the Feria in the Octave of St Lawrence: Missa “Dum clamárem” The Church gives us today a true notion of Christian humility. The liturgy reminds us that the humble soul is blessed to recognize its nothingness only on this condition Our sanctification is an impossible work if we undertake it alone,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr

St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr: Missa“Sacerdotes Dei“ St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr who suffered martyrdom under Emperor Julian the Apostate, in 361. This Bishop of Arezzo in Tuscany was illustrious for his sanctity and for his gift of working miracles. The Church has always remembered him with the highest veneration. This Saint came with his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of the Snows

Our Lady of the Snows: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” On August 5 the anniversary of the miraculous snow fall, the Feast of Our Lady of Snows is celebrated at the basilica of her name, St Mary Major on the Esquiline Hill in Rome.  During this celebration hundreds of white blossoms are showered from the dome of…