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 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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” This feast was celebrated in the East as early as the third century and it spread to the West towards the end of the fourth century. The word “Epiphany” means “manifestation.” As at Christmas it is the mystery of a God Who makes…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Stephen, First Martyr of the Church

St Stephen, Deacon & Protomartyr: Missa “Sederunt principes” Station for today’s Mass is at St. Stephen’s Church on the Cœlian Hill in Rome. The Jewish origin of Saint Stephen is universally acknowledged; he is known and loved everywhere as the first follower of Christ to give to his martyred God love for love, blood for…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple [Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ In Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is one of the days when women named Mary (Μαρία in Greek) and Despoina (Δέσποινα in Greek) celebrate their Name Day. It was celebrated in the East as early…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Commemoration of Pope St. Mark & St. Sergius and Companion Martyrs: Missa “Gaudeamus“ October 7th is the anniversary of the glorious victory won in 1571 by the Christian forces over the Turkish fleet at Lepanto. This triumph of the Cross over the Crescent was universally attributed…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr

Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr: Missa “Sederunt príncipes” The body of St. Stephen, the first martyr, with those of some other saints, was discovered near Jerusalem in the year 415. Later the body of the saint was taken to Constantinople and finally to Rome, where it now lies beside that of St. Lawrence….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ The Sacred Scriptures speak of the beauty of Mount Carmel where the Prophet Elijah defended the faith of Israel in the living God. There, at the beginning of the thirteenth century, under the title of “Saint Mary of Mount Carmel” the Order of Carmelites…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help; commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Gaudeamus“ The earliest written account of the image comes from a Latin and Italian plaque placed in the church of San Matteo in Via Merulana where it was first venerated by the public in 1499. The writer of…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Low Sunday

Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Station at the Church of St. Pancras in Rome. Low Sunday, so called in order to emphasize the contrast between the great Easter solemnity and the Sunday which ends the Octave, is also known as Quasimodo, from the first words of the Introit. (Not the hunchback of Notre Dame!) In…