Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Popes St Soter & St Caius, Martyrs

Popes St Soter & St Caius, Martyrs: Missa “Sancti tui” These two Sovereign Pontiffs were martyred for the Faith 120 years apart in the second and third centuries. Pope Saint Soter was raised to the Papacy after the death of Pope St. Anicetus in 166. He was the 12th successor of Peter and it was he…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria VI of Low Sunday

Feria VI of Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Since Ash Wednesday little attention has been accorded to saints’ feast days. The Church was too busy with her children’s baptismal renewal. Now, however, after the octave of Easter, the saints come into prominence again. The martyrs in particular find high favour and honour liturgically during the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria V of Low Sunday

Feria V of Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Since Ash Wednesday little attention has been accorded to saints’ feast days. The Church was too busy with her children’s baptismal renewal. Now, however, after the octave of Easter, the saints come into prominence again. The martyrs in particular find high favour and honour liturgically during the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria II of Low Sunday

Feria II of Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” In certain parishes Low Sunday is First Holy Communion Day. There is, however, no foundation for this custom in the liturgy. In the ancient Church the catechumens received three sacraments during the Easter vigil service, viz, Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. For this celebration they wore the white…

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: 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: 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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of Saint Patrick

Feast of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of the Feria in Lent: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Whilst in the fifth century of the Franks, Germans, and other northern peoples had not yet received the light of the Gospel, God raised up “The confessor and bishop St. Patrick to announce His glory to the pagans” of…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Lent III

Third Sunday of Lent: Missa “Oculi mei” 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 Way. It contains the tomb of the celebrated deacon, the great martyr of Rome. Enlarged and enriched in the course of the ages, it has always been much…