Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Didacus, Confessor

Feast of Saint Didacus, Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma” This holy lay brother of the Order of Friars Minor was born around the turn of the 15th century to poor Spanish parents who placed him under the direction of a hermit living in the neighbourhood of San Nicolas del Puerto, his native town. Feeling himself…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

SS Simon & Jude, Apostles: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” On this day we celebrate two Apostles Saint Simon and Saint Jude Thaddeus, most probably because some historians have them being martyred together. The name of Simon occurs in all the passages of the Gospel and Acts, in which a list of the Apostles is given. To…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles; commemoration of St Evaristus, Bishop of Rome & Martyr: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” On Monday the Church celebrates the feast of SS. Simon and Jude whose names occur together in the Canon of the Mass and are also celebrated on the same day. Possibly this is because they…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Holy Redeemer

Our Holy Redeemer: Missa “Gaudens, gaudebo” The feast is found only in the special calendar of some dioceses and religious orders, and is celebrated with proper Mass and Office either on the third Sunday of July or on 23 October. In Venice this feast has been observed for more than three centuries with great solemnity. Moroni…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Luke the Evangelist

St Luke the Evangelist: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile in Antioch, Syria. He was a physician and it is believed that he may have also been a slave, as it was not uncommon in his day for slaves to be educated in medicine so the family would have…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope S. Mark, Confessor

Pope St Mark, Confessor; Comm. SS Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, & Apuleius, Martyrs: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Saint Mark (not to be confused with the evangelist) was Pope from 18 January 336 to 7 October 336, the date of his death. Little is known of his early life. According to the Liber Pontificalis, he was a Roman, and his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas of Hereford

St Thomas [de Cantilupe] of Hereford, Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” He was a son of William de Cantilupe, the 2nd baron (d. 1251), one of King John’s ministers, and a nephew of Walter de Cantilupe, Bishop of Worcester (d. 1266). He was born at Hambleden in Buckinghamshire and was educated in Paris and Orléans. Thomas became…

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: 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; St Nicholas of Tolentino

Feast of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor and Religious Founder; Comm. the Octave of the Nativity BVM: Missa “Justus ut palma” Born at Sant’ Angelo, near Fermo, in the March of Ancona, around the year 1246, Saint Nicholas Tolentino was devote to the devout life. He is often depicted in the black habit of the Hermits…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Lawrence Justinian

Saint Lawrence Justinian, Bishop and Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Saint Lawrence Justinian was the first Patriarch of his native city, Venice. Renouncing the prospect of a noble marriage, he entered the Canons of St. George in Alga. All his revenues were spent on the poor and the building of new monasteries. God made it…