Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Leo II of Rome, Confessor

St Leo II of Rome, Confessor; Com. Octave of the Holy Apostles Peter & Paul: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ The pontificate of this great Pope was very brief but very fruitful, since in the ten months of his reign he accomplished good works which have caused his name to be blessed by all succeeding generations. Born…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Nativity of St John the Baptist

The Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “De ventre matris“ The Precursor of Christ was filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother’s womb. After an austere life as a hermit, he announced the Advent of Christ, preached penitence, and baptized in the Jordan. He was beheaded during the reign of Herod. The day…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain

S.  Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain : Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ A man called Alban, believed to have been a Romano-British citizen of the Roman town of Verulamium around the end of the 3rd century, gave shelter to an itinerant Christian priest, later called Amphibalus. Impressed by what he heard Alban was converted to Christianity by…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Silverius Pope & Martyr

S. Silverius Pope & Martyr: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ SILVERIUS was son of Pope Hermisdas, who had been married before he entered the ministry. Upon the death of St. Agapetas, after a vacancy of forty-seven days, Silverius, then subdeacon, was chosen Pope, and ordained on the 8th of June, 536. Theodora, the empress of Justinian,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Missa “Cogitatiónes Cordis” Sixteenth century Calvinism and seventeenth century Jansenism preached a distorted Christianity that substituted for God’s love and sacrifice of His Son for all men the fearful idea that a whole section of humanity was inexorably damned. The Church always countered this view with the infinite love…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: SS Primus & Felicianus, Martyrs

SS Primus & Felicianus, Martyrs: Missa “Sapiéntiam Sanctórum” These two martyrs were brothers who lived in Rome, heirs of a family of great wealth, toward the latter part of the third century. It was through the assiduous love of Pope Felix I that they had the happiness, in their mature years, of being converted to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitWednesday, Ember

Pentecost Ember Wednesday: Missa “Deus, dum“ The station is at St. Mary Major, as is the rule in Rome whenever the scrutinies of the candidates for Holy Orders are to take place. The Ember Days of Pentecost differ from the others in that they fall during a joyful Season of the Liturgical Year and during the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bede the Venerable, Confessor & Doctor of the Church

St Bede the Venerable, Confessor and Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio” Venerable Bede (673-735), the first English historian, was consecrated to God from childhood. He became a Benedictine monk in the monastery of Jarrow in Northumberland, and trained there some six hundred scholars. His Ecclesiastical History of England is a treasure to scholars and…

Today’s Saint; S. Philip Neri C.O. Confessor

St Philip Neri C.O. Confessor, Apostle of Rome; Commemoration of the Ascension Octave & St Eleutherius, Bishop of Rome Saint Philip Neri, Italian San Filippo Neri, (born July 21, 1515, Florence [Italy]—died May 26, 1595, Rome; canonized 1622; feast day May 26), Italian priest and one of the outstanding mystics during the Counter-Reformation and founder…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ascension Day

Ascension Day: Missa “Viri Galilaei” Station at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Forty days after the Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ, attended by Angels, ascended into Heaven, in the sight of His most holy Mother Mary, His Apostles, and disciples, to the great wonder of them all. He entered into possession of the Kingdom of Heaven…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bernardine of Siena, Confessor

St Bernardine of Siena, Confessor; commemoration of the Vigil of the Ascension: Missa “Os justi“ At this season of the year, when Jesus by His triumph has realized His name of Saviour, the Cycle celebrates the Feast of St. Bernardine who was consumed “by the very ardent love of this divine name” (Collect). Born of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Dunstan of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor

St Dunstan, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. Rogationtide, St Peter Celestine, Bishop of Rome & St Pudentiana, Virgin: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Born of a noble family at Baltonsborough, near Glastonbury, England, Dunstan was educated there by Irish monks and while still a youth, was sent to the court of King Athelstan. He became a Benedictine monk…