Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Clement, Martyr

St Clement, Pope & Martyr; Com. Oct. St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dominus” Pope Saint Clement I, who was styled by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians (iv, 3) as his fellow laborer,” succeeded St. Cletus as Pope in the year 90. He is named third in the Canon of the Mass,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Martin I of Rome, Martyr

St Martin I of Rome, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Martin I lay too sick to fight on a couch in front of the altar when the soldiers burst into the Lateran basilica. He had come to the church when he heard the soldiers had landed. But the thought of kidnapping a sick pope from the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Narcissus of Jerusalem

St Narcissus, Bishop of Jerusalem: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Saint Narcissus from his youth applied himself with great care to the study of both religious and human disciplines. He entered into the ecclesiastical state, and in him all the sacerdotal virtues were seen in their perfection; he was called the holy priest. He was surrounded by…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Evaristus, Martyr

St Evaristus of Rome, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” St. Evaristus was the son of a Greek Jew, originally from Bethlehem, and was the sixth Pope of the Catholic Church. He is traditionally considered a martyr, but there is no documentation of the event. He is buried in the Vatican, near Saint Peter. Saint Evaristus…

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

Octave Day of St Laurence, Martyr; Commemoration of the Octave of the Assumption: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” Today is celebrated the “eighth day” or Octave Day of St Laurence of Rome (Aug 10th). The terrible martyrdom endured by the famous archdeacon deeply impressed the generations that came immediately after him, for whom Saint Lawrence became at Rome…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Laurence, Deacon & Martyr

St Laurence, Deacon & Martyr: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” After the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul this is the greatest festival in the ancient Roman Liturgy. The terrible martyrdom endured by the famous archdeacon deeply impressed the generations that came immediately after him, for whom Saint Lawrence became at Rome that which Saint Stephen had…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs

SS. Abdon and Sennen, Martyrs: Missa “Intret in conspéctu” Sts. Abdon and Sennen were Persians who, coming to Rome in the Third Century, courageously confessed the faith of Christ and were put to death in the persecution of Decius in 250. The emperor Decius, enemy of Christians, had defeated the king of Persia and become master…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr

St Lewinna, Virgin Martyr; Commemoration of the Vigil of St James the Great, Apostle: Missa “Me expectaverunt” Sussex was the last of the seven Saxon kingdoms to become officially Christian and east Sussex remained pagan longest of all. St Wilfrid of York, the Apostle of the South Saxons (ie the people of Sussex) several times experienced…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Anacletus, Martyr

Pope, St Anacletus, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” According to the list of Popes furnished us by St. Irenaeus, Pope Saint Anacletus is probably the same person as Pope Saint Cletus, the successor of Pope Saint Linus and the predecessor of Pope Saint Clement on the papal throne. Some say that he was banished from Rome and…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday V Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday V Post Pentecost: Missa “Exaudi, Domine” This Sunday’s liturgy is concerned with the forgiveness of injuries and like last Sunday, is made up of two elements, i.e., the reading of the history of David which is continued in the Breviary and that of a passage of one of the epistles of St. Peter…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland

St Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Widow: Missa “In operibus bonis” Saint Margaret of Scotland (c. 1045 – 16 November 1093), also known as Margaret of Wessex and Queen Margaret of Scotland, was an English princess of the House of Wessex. Margaret was sometimes called “The Pearl of Scotland”. Born in exile in Hungary, she was…