Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Pius I

Pope St Pius I, Martyr; commemoration of St Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr &  Bl. Adrian Fortescue, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is the Feast of Pope Saint Pius I, Martyr and great Pope of the Second Century. According to the earliest list of the popes, given by Irenaeus (“Adv. haer.”, II, xxxi; cf….

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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Saturday Ember

Whit Saturday Ember: Missa “Cáritas Dei” In the Seventh Century due to the postponement of the Ember fast the station was at St. Stephen on the Caelian Hill; in the Eleventh Century a return was made to the primitive place, St. Peter. Of the five scriptural Lessons which precede the Gloria in excelsis of the Mass,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Saturday After Ash Wednesday: Missa “Audívit Dóminus” We must struggle by solemn fast and by works of charity against our passions, and “the Lord will give us rest, and will fill our souls with brightness.” The rough sea and the contrary winds are a figure of our passions. In this hard struggle Jesus will come to our help…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Scholastica, Virgin

Saint Scholastica, Virgin; Commemoration of the Octave of St Cuthman of Steyning: Missa “Dilexisti” St. Scholastica was the twin sister of St. Benedict, the Patriarch of Western monasticism. She was born in Umbria, Italy, about 480. Under Benedict’s direction, Scholastica founded a community of nuns near the great Benedictine monastery Monte Cassino. Inspired by Benedict’s…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; Commemoration of the Second Sunday Post Epiphany: Missa “In nomine Jesu” Holy Mother Church reveals to us the greatness of His name. It was on the occasion of the rite of Circumcision that a name was given to children among Jews. So the Church uses the same Gospel as…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Marcellus I, Martyr

Pope Saint Marcellus I, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Nothing of Marcellus’ life before his papacy has survived the centuries. He became Pope at the end of the persecutions of Diocletian in aound 308-309. The persecutions had disrupted the Church so much that there had been a gap of over a year with no Pope. Once…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of the Feast of the Epiphany

Octave Day of the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD: Missa “Ecce advenit Dominator Dominus” The thoughts of the Church, today, are fixed on the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan, which is the second of the three Mysteries of the Epiphany. The Emmanuel manifested Himself to the Magi, after having shown Himself to the Shepherds; but…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Circumcision of Our Lord

The Circumcision of Our Lord: Missa “Puer natus” Circumcision was a sacrament of the Old Law, and the first legal observance required of the descendants of Abraham by Almighty God. It was a sacrament of initiation in the service of God, and a promise, an engagement, to believe and act as He had revealed and directed. The…