Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Holy Guardian Angels

Holy Guardian Angels: Missa “Benedicite Dominum” Whether guardian angels attend each and every person is not consistently believed or upheld by the Church Fathers in Christian thought, and hence is not an “article of faith”, although the concept is clearly seen in both the Old and New Testaments. According to St. Jerome the concept is in…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XVII Post Pentecost

Sunday XVII Post Pentecost, Commemoration of SS. Comas & Damian, Martyrs: Missa “Iustus es, Domine” The liturgy reminds us today of the great commandment of charity towards God and our neighbor. “The precept is twofold,” declares St. Augustine, “but charity is one.” We love God above all and our neighbor for His sake. The unity of our…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Cyprian & Justina, Martyrs

SS. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem iustorum” St. Cyprian was born to parents who worshiped idols. They taught him all kinds of wicked beliefs and superstitions. They even offered him to the Devil! What a terrible thing to do! Cyprian, having learned these wicked practices, did terrible crimes, blasphemed Christ, and committed secret murders!…

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

Pope Saint Linus, Martyr; Commemoration of Saint Thecla, Virgin & Martyr:  Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Pope Saint Linus, the immediate successor of St. Peter, ruled the Church for about twelve years. In the year 79 he suffered martyrdom, and was buried alongside the Prince of Apostles. His name is in the Canon of the Mass. The virgin Saint…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Joseph of Cupertino

Feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino, Confessor: Missa “Diléctio Dei” St. Joseph was born in 1603 at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. After his ordination to the holy priesthood, he gave…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St. Stephen, King of Hungary

St. Stephen the Great, King of Hungary, Confessor: Missa “Os justi“ St. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria and devoted much of his reign to the promotion…

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: 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: 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: Today’s Mass; St Hyacinth OP, Confessor

St Hyacinth OP, Apostle of the North; Commemoration of the Octaves of the Dormition [/Assumption] of the BVM: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ Saint Hyacinth, named the glorious Apostle of the North, was born of noble parents in Poland, about the year 1185. In 1218, as a Canon of Cracow he accompanied the bishop of that region…