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 Martin of Tours

St Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor; Com. St Mennas, Martyr: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” The story and history of Saint Martin of Tours. When a mere boy, Martin became a Christian catechumen against his parents’ wish; and at fifteen was therefore seized by his father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army. One winter’s…

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 the Octave of St Willibrord & 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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Winefride, Virgin Martyr

S. Winefridae, Virginis et Martyris; Com. Octave of All Saints: Missa “Me exspectavérunt peccatóres” The story of St Winifred (or Winefride), the young noblewoman born around the year 600 in Holywell, Wales, emerges from a mixture of historic manuscripts, legend and tradition. But it is above all a story about a pure and gifted soul who…

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; St. Hilarion, Abbot

St. Hilarion, Abbot; Commemoration; St. Ursula and Her Companions, Virgins: Missa “Os justi” Hilarion (291–371) was an anchorite who spent most of his life in the desert according to the example of Anthony the Great. The life of Hilarion was written by Jerome in 390 at Bethlehem. Its object was to further the ascetic life to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria III Sunday XIX Post Pentecost

Feria III Sunday XIX Post Pentecost; In the Octaves of SS Wilfrid of York & Edward the Confessor and commemoration of St Heron of Antioch: Missa “Salus pópuli Ego sum“ The Mass of this Sunday reminds us that all men are called to Heavenly reward and happiness. This Sunday, called on account of its Gospel, Sunday of the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria II Sunday XIX Post Pentecost

Feria II Sunday XIX Post Pentecost: Missa “Salus pópuli Ego sum” The Mass of this Sunday reminds us that all men are called to Heavenly reward and happiness. This Sunday, called on account of its Gospel, Sunday of the marriage guests reminds us that all men are called to heavenly bliss, but few are chosen. The…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XIX Post Pentecost

Sunday XIX Post Pentecost: Missa “Salus pópuli Ego sum” The Mass of this Sunday reminds us that all men are called to Heavenly reward and happiness. This Sunday, called on account of its Gospel, Sunday of the marriage guests reminds us that all men are called to heavenly bliss, but few are chosen. The Jews have…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Edward, King & Confessor

St Edward, King & Confessor; Commemoration of the Octave of St Wilfrid: Missa “Os justi” Edward was born in 1003. He was the last Saxon king to rule (for more than a few months) in England. He is called “Edward the Confessor” to distinguish him from another King of England, Edward the Martyr (c962-979), who was assassinated…