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

Our Lady Help of Christians: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ There are two inscriptions of the first centuries of Christianity in Greek related to the Virgin Mary: : θεοτοκος (Teotokos, Theotokos, Mother of God) and βοηθεια (Boetheia, the Helper). The Fathers of the Church referred to Mary as “βοηθεια”. John Chrysostom used the title in a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday in Paschaltide: 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,…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: 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…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday: Missa “Edúxit Dóminus” The conclusion today of the baptismal celebrations calls the neophytes together again in the Lateran Basilica beside the font in which on Easter Eve they were born to newness of life. Today’s stational liturgy seems to be influenced more than ever by the thought of purity and innocence, like a loving…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Friday

Easter Friday: Missa “Edúxit eos Dóminus” In the Seventh Century the Roman Pantheon was dedicated to St. Mary and the heroic sons of the Roman Church, who had suffered martyrdom. The martyrs indeed seem to have a particular right to the glory of the Resurrection on account of their perfect resemblance to Christ crucified; and many…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Thursday

Easter Thursday: Missa “Victricem” Station at the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome. Under the high altar of this church are preserved the relics of the Apostles Philip and James only; the stational feast is celebrated in honor of all the Apostles together. The Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles deals with the conversion…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday of the Paschal Octave

Easter Wednesday: Missa “Venite, benedicti” Station at the St. Laurence-Without-the-Walls. Today we honor St. Lawrence, the Cross-bearer of the Roman Church, to express our gratitude for the favor shown by him to the catechumens in bringing them to holy Baptism. The Gospel gives the account of the third appearance of the risen Savior to the Apostles….

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday of the Paschal Octave

Easter Tuesday: Missa “Aqua sapiéntiæ potávit” Station at the St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. After visiting St. Peter‘s, it was fitting that the neophytes should at once be brought to the Doctor of the Gentiles, beside whose tomb they had learned the first rudiments of the new law of the Gospel. Therefore in the Lesson from the Acts of the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday of the Paschal Octave

Easter Monday: Missa “Introduxit vos Dominus” Station at the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome. This Octave is entirely consecrated to the neophytes. The week was for them a continual feast, a spiritual feast; and they kept their white baptismal garments, which were not laid aside until the following Sunday (in albis deponendis). The Masses of…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Spy Wednesday

Spy Wednesday: Missa “Ut in nomine Jesu” Such is the impious scheme devised on this day ie the betrayal of Our Lord by Judas to the Sanhedrin within the precincts of the Temple of Jerusalem. To testify her detestation at it, and to make atonement to the Son of God for the outrage thus offered Him, the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Holy Tuesday

Holy Tuesday: Missa “Nos autem” Station at the Church of St. Prisca in Rome . This was one of the 25 parishes of Rome in the fifth century. The Epistle, Gradual, Offertory and Communion are a perfect adaptation of the passages in the Old Testament to Christ persecuted. He is ‘the meek lamb that is carried to…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Holy Monday

Holy Monday: Missa “Judica Domine” Station at the Church of St. Praxedes. This is the church where the precious Pillar of Flagellation was brought from the Holy Land by the Crusaders along with three thorns from the Crown of Thorns. Under Pope Paschalis I many relics of numerous martyrs were brought to this church. In the…