Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Anne, Mother of Mary

St Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ What little we know about Saint Anne comes from the apocryphal Gospel of James (ca. 145 AD), also known as the Protoevangelium of James [PJ]. According to tradition, Anne (Hannah in Hebrew) was born in Bethlehem and married Joachim of Nazareth, both descendants of King…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr

St Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr; Commemoration Sunday VII Post Pentecost: Missa “Sacerdótes Dei“ St. Apollinaris was the disciple of St. Peter, who preached the Gospel at Ravenna. He was one of the first great martyrs of the church. He was made Bishop of Ravenna by the Apostle himself. The miracles he wrought there soon attracted official…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Praxedis Virgin

S. Praxedis Virgin: Missa “Loquébar de testimóniis“ S. Praxedes according to her legend was a Roman maiden, the sister of St. Pudentiana, who, when the Emperor Marcus Antoninus was hunting down Christians, sought them out to relieve them with money, care, comfort and every charitable aid. Some she hid in her house, others she encouraged to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Alexius, Confessor

St Alexius, Confessor: Missa “OS justi“ July 17 is traditionally the feast of the holy, humble confessor Saint Alexius. According to the most recent researches he was an Eastern saint whose veneration was transplanted from the Byzantine empire to Rome, whence it spread rapidly throughout western Christendom. Together with the name and veneration of the Saint,…

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; Pope St Anacletus, Martyr

Pope, St Anacletus, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” According to the list of Popes furnished us by St. Irenaeus, Pope Saint Anacletus is probably the same person as Pope Saint Cletus, the successor of Pope Saint Linus and the predecessor of Pope Saint Clement on the papal throne. Some say that he was banished from Rome and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Nabor & Felix, Martyrs

SS Nabor and Felix: Missa “Salus autem“ SS. Nabor and Felix suffered martyrdom at Milan under Maximian Herculeus, about the year 304AD. during the Great Persecution under the Roman emperor Diocletian. A tomb in Milan is believed to contain their relics. St. Ambrose honored their memory and from Milan devotion to them spread throughout the Universal Church. In…

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; Translation of St Thomas of Canterbury

Translation of St Thomas of Canterbury; Comm. SS. Cyril & Methodius: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” The Translation of St Thomas Becket, 7th July, commemorates the anniversary of the translation of St Thomas Becket in 1220, when his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral was opened and his relics moved to a grander shrine. Becket was canonised in 1173, just three…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Our Lady’s Visitation

The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Comm. Dominica IV Post Pentecost; Comm. In the Octave of SS Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs; Missa “Salve Sancta“ Blessed Mary’s first action after God had come to dwell in her was one of self-denying charity. She undertook a troublesome journey in order to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Etheldreda Queen, Virgin, Abbess

St. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess; commemoration of the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Missa “Dilexisti” Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was…