Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Anacletus, Martyr

Pope, St Anacletus, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” According to the list of Popes furnished us by St. Irenaeus, Pope Saint Anacletus is probably the same person as Pope Saint Cletus, the successor of Pope Saint Linus and the predecessor of Pope Saint Clement on the papal throne. Some say that he was banished from Rome and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St John Gualbert, Abbot

St John Gualbert, Abbot; Comm. SS Nabor & Felix, Martyrs: Missa “Os justi” Born in Florence, Italy, around the year 993, John was born into a noble family, and led a predictably frivolous life as a youth, being concerned only with the pursuit of vain amusements and romantic intrigues. However, when he was still a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Pius I

Pope St Pius I, Martyr; commemoration of St Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr &  Bl. Adrian Fortescue, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is the Feast of Pope Saint Pius I, Martyr and great Pope of the Second Century. According to the earliest list of the popes, given by Irenaeus (“Adv. haer.”, II, xxxi; cf….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday V Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday V Post Pentecost: Missa “Exaudi, Domine” This Sunday’s liturgy is concerned with the forgiveness of injuries and like last Sunday, is made up of two elements, i.e., the reading of the history of David which is continued in the Breviary and that of a passage of one of the epistles of St. Peter…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; SS. Cyil & Methodius

SS. Cyil & Methodius; Com. Sunday V Post Pentecost & the Octave of the Holy Apostles Peter & Paul: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Because their father was an officer in a part of Greece inhabited by many Slavs, these two Greek brothers ultimately became missionaries, teachers, and patrons of the Slavic peoples. After a brilliant course…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Leo II of Rome, Confessor

St Leo II of Rome, Confessor; Com. Octave of the Holy Apostles Peter & Paul: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ The pontificate of this great Pope was very brief but very fruitful, since in the ten months of his reign he accomplished good works which have caused his name to be blessed by all succeeding generations. Born…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Our Lady’s Visitation

The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Comm. In the Octave of SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Missa “Salve Sancta“ Blessed Mary’s first action after God had come to dwell in her was one of self-denying charity. She undertook a troublesome journey in order to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Thus…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help; commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Gaudeamus“ The earliest written account of the image comes from a Latin and Italian plaque placed in the church of San Matteo in Via Merulana where it was first venerated by the public in 1499. The writer of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. William of Vercelli, Abbot

S. William of Vercelli, Abbot; Comm. the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Os justi” St. William was born in 1085 at Vercelli in the Piedmont region of Italy of noble and wealthy parents. When he was still very young, he determined to renounce the world and become a hermit. He…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Etheldreda Queen, Virgin, Abbess

St. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess; commemoration of the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Missa “Dilexisti” Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

S.  Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain : Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium around the end of the 3rd century, gave shelter to an itinerant Christian priest, later called Amphibalus. Impressed by what he heard Alban was converted to Christianity by…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Silverius Pope & Martyr

S. Silverius Pope & Martyr: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ SILVERIUS was son of Pope Hermisdas, who had been married before he entered the ministry. Upon the death of St. Agapetas, after a vacancy of forty-seven days, Silverius, then subdeacon, was chosen Pope, and ordained on the 8th of June, 536. Theodora, the empress of Justinian,…