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

St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr; Commemoration of the feria in the Octave of the Conception of the BVM and of the Third Sunday of Advent: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Hagiography states that Saint Lucy was a Christian martyr during the Diocletian persecution. According to apocryphal texts, the beautiful Lucia was born to a prosperous family of nobility…

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: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Anticipation is a sign of solicitude and zeal, and therefore the Church, because she is full of love, anticipates the liturgical solemnities in her prayers. A typical example of this zeal is found In the lives of some of the early saints like St….

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Luke the Evangelist

St Luke the Evangelist; Commemoration of the XX Sunday post Pentecost & the Octaves of St Wilfrid of York and St Edward the Confessor: 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…

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…

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…