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: Sunday’s Mass; St Luke the Evangelist

St Luke the Evangelist; Commemoration of the XX Sunday post Pentecost & the Octaves of St Wilfrid of York and St Edward the Confessor: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Saint Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile in Antioch, Syria. He was a physician and it is believed that he may have also been a…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Francis of Assisi, Confessor

St Francis of Assisi, Confessor; Commemoration of the XVIII Sunday Post Pentecost: Missa “Mihi autem absit gloriári” Saint Francis of Assisi, “the little beggar” is perhaps the most popular saint in history. Francis was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy and his baptismal name was John, but his father renamed him Franceso, in honor of his…

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; St Aldhelm, Bishop Confessor

St Aldhelm, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. Ascension Octave & S. Urban Pope & Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Aldhelm was born in Wessex, in AD 639. He was apparently a ‘nephew’ of King Ine, probably, in fact, a cousin of some kind. His father’s name was Centa, and it has been suggested that this was a…

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: 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 carcere (in prison) also goes back…

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; In the Octave of St Cuthman

In the Octave of S. Cuthman, Hermit & Confessor: Missa “Quis dabit mihi” St Cuthman’s name occurs in several early medieval calendars and in the old Missal that was used by the English Saxons before the Norman conquest (kept in the monastery of Jumièges, in which a proper mass is assigned for his feast), a German…