Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church; Com. 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 the highest hopes, and the…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; In the Octave of the Dormition of the Mother of God; Comm. Xth Post Pentecost

Sunday in the Octave of The Dormition [/Assumption]; Commemoration of the Xth Sunday Post Pentecost: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Holy Mother Church continues the celebration of these two feasts, the “Dormition [Assumption] of the Mother of God” which takes precedence over the continuing Octave of St Laurence, Deacon and martyr of Rome, also commemorated today. ”Octave” has…

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

Octave Day of St Laurence, Martyr; Commemoration of the Octave of the Assumption: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” Today is celebrated the “eighth day” or Octave Day of St Laurence of Rome (Aug 10th). The terrible martyrdom endured by the famous archdeacon deeply impressed the generations that came immediately after him, for whom Saint Lawrence became at Rome…

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

The Dormition [/Assumption]: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Blessed Mary lived, cared for by St. John, for twelve years after Our Lord’s Resurrection. Her life was spent in helping the Apostles and in praying for the conversion of the world. On the third day after Mary’s death, when the Apostles gathered around her tomb, they found it empty….

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

Day IV in the Octave of St Laurence, Martyr; Commemoration of SS. Hippolytus & St. Cassian, Martyrs: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” St. Hippolytus, an officer of the body-guard of the emperor Decius, had been born in the darkness of idolatry, but he had become a Christian, with all his household, in consequence of witnessing the many…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Laurence, Deacon & Martyr

St Laurence, Deacon & Martyr: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” After the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul this is the greatest festival in the ancient Roman Liturgy. The terrible martyrdom endured by the famous archdeacon deeply impressed the generations that came immediately after him, for whom Saint Lawrence became at Rome that which Saint Stephen had…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Cajetan, Priest & Confessor

St. Cajetan, Priest & Confessor; Commemoration of St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Os justi“ Like most of us, Cajetan seemed headed for an “ordinary” life—first as a lawyer, then as a priest engaged in the work of the Roman Curia. His life took a characteristic turn when he joined the Oratory of Divine Love in…

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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr

Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr: Missa “Sederunt príncipes” The body of St. Stephen, the first martyr, with those of some other saints, was discovered near Jerusalem in the year 415. Later the body of the saint was taken to Constantinople and finally to Rome, where it now lies beside that of St. Lawrence….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Peter’s Chains & Seven Holy Maccabees

Saint Peter’s Chains; comm. St. Paul Apostle & the Holy Macchabees, Martyrs: Missa “Nunc scio vere“ Today is the Feast of Saint Peter’s Chains. The chains with which Peter the Apostle was fettered from time to time have always been the object of veneration among the faithful. They are preserved in a basilica in Rome, which…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Anne, Mother of Mary

St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Mother of Our Lady. Grandmother of Jesus Christ. Wife of Saint Joachim. Tradition says that Anne was quite elderly when Mary was born, and that she was their only child. The belief that Anne remained a virgin in the conception and birth of Mary was…