Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Michaelmas Ember Saturday

Sabbato Quattuor Temporum Septembris; Commemoration of St. Linus, Pope & Martyr: Missa “Veníte, adorémus” The Ember Saturday of September is a traditional day for ordinations, although it is historically of less prominence than other such days in the liturgical year. The sublime function, to which the faithful owe their fathers and guides in the spiritual life,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XII Post Pentecost

Sunday XII Post Pentecost: Missa “Deus, in adjutórìum meum” We have been initiated into spiritual life by the Sacrament of Baptism and strengthened, perfected, by the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Feast of Pentecost has celebrated the efficaciousness of Baptism and Confirmation: the graces and fruits given by the Holy Ghost.The Church recalls in the Liturgy today…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr

Pope S. Zephyrinus, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” The pontificate of this first third-century pope was to see a storm of heresy rage around the pontiff, who had to keep a firm hand on the tiller of Peter’s bark. According to the “Liber Pontificalis,” Zephyrinus was a Roman, the son of Habundius. He ordered that all ordinations,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church; Com. Sunday XI Post Pentecost & Feria in the Octave of the Dormition: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ ERNARD was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy near Dijon, in 1090. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of St Laurence, Martyr

Octave Day of St Laurence, Martyr: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” Today is celebrated the “eighth day” or Octave Day of St Laurence of Rome (Aug 10th). Commemoration is made of the Octave of the Dormition [Assumption] hence the Creed is recited. INTROIT Psalm 96: 6 Praise and beauty are before Him: holiness and majesty in His sanctuary….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Dormition of the Mother of God

The Dormition [/Assumption]: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes“ As early as the Seventh Century the preparation, by a solemn fast, for keeping devoutly the great festival of the Dormition of the Mother of God (aka The Assumption), is described as a custom of great antiquity. In Orthodoxy and Catholicism, in the language of the scripture, death is often…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; X Post Pentecost

Sunday X Post Pentecost; Commemoration of the Feria in the Octave of St Lawrence: Missa “Dum clamárem” The Church gives us today a true notion of Christian humility. The liturgy reminds us that the humble soul is blessed to recognize its nothingness only on this condition Our sanctification is an impossible work if we undertake it alone,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day III in the Octave of St Laurence, Martyr

Day III in the Octave of St Laurence, Martyr; Commemoration of St Clare, Virgin: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” The Breviary says of St Clare: “Following the example of St. Francis, she distributed all her possessions among the poor. She fled from the noise of the world and betook herself to a country chapel, where St. Francis…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr

St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr: Missa“Sacerdotes Dei“ St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr who suffered martyrdom under Emperor Julian the Apostate, in 361. This Bishop of Arezzo in Tuscany was illustrious for his sanctity and for his gift of working miracles. The Church has always remembered him with the highest veneration. This Saint came with his…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Transfiguration of Our Lord

The Transfiguration of Our Lord; Comm. of Sunday VIII Post Pentecost and of Pope Saint Sixtus, Saints Felicissimus and Agapitus, Martyrs : Missa “Illuxérunt coruscatiónes“ The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Dominic

St Dominic, Priest & Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Saint Dominic (Spanish: Santo Domingo), also known as Dominic of Osma and Dominic of Caleruega, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo Félix de Guzmán (1170 – August 6, 1221), was a Spanish priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Dominic was born at Calaruega, Spain, studied at the Univ….