Station Wednesday Lent II: Statio ad St Caeciliam

Look upon Thy people with favor, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that they whom Thou dost command to abstain from food may also cease from baneful vices. Through Jesus Christ our Lord… The Station is at the church of St. Cecelia where the Saint lived and was martyred and where her body now…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent I

Tuesday Lent I; Commemoration of St Gregory Dialogus “The Great”: Missa “Dómine, refúgium” Collecta at St. Nicholas in Carcere. Station at St. Anastasia. In the Middle Ages the church of St. Nicholas was one of the most central and important of the Roman churches. The funeral ceremony of Urban II was held here; the name in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of St Cuthman of Steyning

S. Cuthman, Hermit & Confessor: Missa “QUIS DABIT MIHI” Steyning in West Sussex is quite unique in having its most famous Saxon son’s legends thrive despite Norman attempts to obliterate his memory. Such was, and indeed is, St Cuthman’s  popularity that he has been accredited with several “miraculous” legends, usually incurring the wrath of god on his fellow…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Requiem for Clergy, Benefactors & Parishioners

Requiem Mass in the Patronal Octave for Clergy, Benefactors & Parishioners: Missa “Requiem aeternam“ The Requiem Mass is an expression of the Communion of Saints, the Church Militant (on earth) prays for the souls of the departed expressing Christian hope that they, the departed, will become members of the Church Triumphant (in heaven). Essentially the Church pleads Christ that…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste & Martyr

St Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; Commemoration of Sunday IV Post Epiphany & St Laurence of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” St Blaise: Many Catholics might remember Saint Blaise’s feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place on this day. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Nicholas of Myra

St Nicholas of Myra, Bishop and Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Saint Nicholas (Greek: Ἅγιος Νικόλαος, Hágios Nikólaos, Latin: Sanctus Nicolaus); (15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra, was Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey), and is a historic Christian saint. Because of the many miracles attributed to his…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Birinus, Bishop & Confessor

St Birinus, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. St Sabbas, Abbot & Feria IV Advent I: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” In AD 634, Birinus, a Benedictine monk of the Monastery of St Andrew on the Coelian Hill in Rome, was sent by Pope Honorius I to England to convert the West Saxons. He landed on the south coast in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gregory Thaumaturgus

St Gregory Thaumaturgus, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Gregory was born to a distinguished pagan family in Neoceasarea in 213. He became a disciple of Origin, and afterward was appointed Bishop of Neoceasarea. Illustrious for his doctrine and sanctity, he was still more memorable for the number and brilliance of miracles he worked, which earned…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of XXIII Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XXIII Post Pentecost: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” When the number of the Sundays after Pentecost is only 23, the Mass for today is taken from the 24th and Last Sunday. But under all circumstances, the antiphonary ends today. The Introits, Graduals, Offertories and Communion Verses for this Sunday are to be repeated on each…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of XXIII Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XXIII Post Pentecost: Missa “Dicit Dóminus” In today’s Gospel, Jesus confounds the Pharisees, His enemies, who more than ever are compassing His ruin. His reply is full of divine wisdom. The Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Philippians illustrates how destruction is the end of those who are enemies of the Cross,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Raphael the Archangel

Feast of Saint Raphael the Archangel: Missa “Benedicite Dominum” “It is God who heals”, “God Heals”, “God, Please Heal,” performs all manners of healing. The name of the angel Raphael appears only in the Biblical Book of Tobit. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of Tobit’s son, Tobiah calling himself “Azarias the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Holy Redeemer

Our Holy Redeemer: Missa “Gaudens, gaudebo” In Venice this feast has been observed for more than three centuries with great solemnity. Moroni in his “Dizionario” gives some interesting data concerning the origin of this feast. In 1576 a plague broke out in Venice which in a few days carried off thousands of victims. To avert this…