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; 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 Clare, Virgin

St Clare, Virgin; Commemoration of Day III in the Octave of St Laurence, Martyr & Sunday XII Post Pentecost: Missa “Dilexísti” The Breviary says of St Clare: “Following the example of St. Francis, she distributed all her possessions among the poor. She fled from the noise of the world and betook herself to a country chapel, where St. Francis…

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; St. Osmund of Salisbury

St Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury & Confessor; Commemoration of St Alexius of Rome: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Bishop of Salisbury who helped compile the Domesday Book. A member of the Norman nobility, he was the son of Count Henry of Seez and Isabella, half-sister of King William the Conqueror of England. He took part in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Swithun, Bishop & Confessor

St Swithun, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Saint Swithin Swithun (or Swithin, Old English: Swīþhūn; died c. 862) was a Saxon bishop. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches. His feast day is 15 July and his emblems…

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

S.  Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain (transferred); Commemoration of St Irenaeus Bishop & Martyr; Comm. Vigil of the holy Apostles Peter & Paul and the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist:: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Nativity of St John the Baptist

The Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “De ventre matris“ The Precursor of Christ was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb. After an austere life as a hermit, he announced the Advent of Christ, preached penitence, and baptized in the Jordan. He was beheaded during the reign of Herod. The day…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs

SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ Mark and Marcellian (d. c.290), Roman martyrs. These martyrs are commemorated in the ancient Roman sacramentaries; their tomb, with frescoes of them and their companions, has been identified in the catacomb of St. Balbina. For the details of their Lives the only source is the unreliable 5th‐century Acts…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Gregory VII of Rome, Confessor

St Gregory VII of Rome, Confessor: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ The 10th century and the first half of the 11th were dark days for the Church, partly because the papacy was the pawn of various Roman families. In 1049, things began to change when Pope Leo IX, a reformer, was elected. He brought a young monk…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Easter IV

Feria of Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantate” Of all the gifts that come from God, the most excellent is the gospel and regeneration in baptism, by which He has made us His children and heirs of heaven. How great is this honor, and how earnestly we should endeavor to preserve it! To hear the…