Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Annunciation of the BVM

In Annuntiatione Beate Mariæ Virgine (holyday of obligation): Missa “Vultum Tuum“ This feast, prepared by that of St. Gabriel, recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of our Lord (Gospel) in the womb of a Virgin (Epistle). On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to itself for ever the humanity of…

Station Sunday Lent III: Statio ad St Laurentium extra muros

Humbling ourselves before Thee, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, favorably to regard the desires of our heart: and in our defense to stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty. Through Our Lord… The Station for the Third Sunday in Lent is at St. Laurence-without-the-Walls in Rome which was built by Constantine on the Tiburtine…

Station Friday Lent II: Statio ad St Vitalem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, with the sacred fast to purify us, Thou mayest cause us to come with sincere minds to the holy things that are before us: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the church of St. Vitalis, martyr, the father of the two illustrious Milanese martyrs,…

Station Thursday Lent II: Statio ad St Mariam trans Tibernim

Grant us, we beseech Thee, Lord, the help of Thy grace, so that we who are duly intent on fasting and prayer may be delivered from enemies of soul and body: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the celebrated basilica, St. Mary‘s across the Tiber. It was consecrated in the third century,…

Station Monday Lent II: Statio ad St Clementem

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting may also abstain from sin and follow after justice: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Clement’s. The oldest level is thought to be the titulus Clementis, one of the first parish churches in Rome, and probably belonged…

Station Tuesday Lent I: Statio ad St Anastasiam

Look favourably, Lord, upon Thy household, and grant that our mind being chastened by mortification of the body, may glow in Thy sight with desire of Thee: through Our Lord… At Rome, the Station is in the church of St. Anastasia, where, formerly, the Mass of the Aurora on Christmas Day was celebrated. The first…

Station Monday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum in Vincula

O God our Saviour, grant us a change of heart and form our minds by heavenly instruction, so that we may profit by our Lenten fast: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Peter in Chains. The church was one of the tituli, Rome’s first parish churches, known as the Titulus Eudoxiae or the Eudoxiana. It was built over…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was destined for her role in the history of our salvation (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall of Adam, so also Mary…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day VI in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD; Commemoration of St. Hyginus Pope and Martyr: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The Magi were not satisfied with paying their adorations to the great King, whom Mary presented to them. After the example of the Queen of Saba, who paid her homage to the Prince of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day V in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The Star foretold by Balaam having risen in the East, the three Magi, whose hearts were full of the expectation of the promised Redeemer, are immediately inflamed with the desire of going in search of Him. The announcement of the glad…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day IV in the Octave of the Epiphany

Feria in the Octave of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The Star foretold by Balaam having risen in the East, the three Magi, whose hearts were full of the expectation of the promised Redeemer, are immediately inflamed with the desire of going in search of Him. The announcement of the glad…