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. 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; 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; 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 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; 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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass: ALL SOULS

ALL SOULS’ DAY: Missa “Requiem ætérnam“ The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on 2 November, or, if this be a Sunday or a solemnity, on 3 November. The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy and all the Masses are to be of Requiem, except one of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; All Hallows Eve

Vigil of All Saints: Missa “Júdicant sancti gentes” In several traditional chapels today, there is the observance of the Vigil of All Saints for All Hallows Eve. This day was actually established to honor the many martyrs who gave their lives for Christ and His Church. Evolved through the centuries, this explains why this feast is…

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; S. Ursula, Virgin Martyr

St Ursula, Virgin Martyr & Companions; Comm. St Hilarion, Abbot: Missa “Loquebar de testimonies” According to a legend that appeared in the tenth century, Ursula was the daughter of a Christian king in Britain and was granted a three year postponement of a marriage she did not wish, to a pagan prince. With ten ladies…