Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Commemoration of St Paul, Apostle

St Paul, Apostle; Commemoration of the Third Sunday after Pentecost, the Octave of SS Peter and Paul & Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Whereas the Greeks on this day are uniting in one solemnity the memory, as they express it, “of the illustrious Saints, the Twelve…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs

SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ Mark and Marcellian (d. c.290), Roman martyrs. These martyrs are commemorated in the ancient Roman sacramentaries; their tomb, with frescoes of them and their companions, has been identified in the catacomb of St. Balbina. For the details of their Lives the only source is the unreliable 5th‐century Acts…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Antoninus of Florence

St Antoninus OP, Bishop & Confessor; comm. SS. Gordian & Epimachus, Martyrs: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” (1389-1459) Saint Antoninus, or Little Antony, as he was called from his small stature, was born at Florence in 1389. After a childhood of singular holiness, he begged to be admitted very young into the Dominican house at Fiesole;…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St. Gregory the Theologian

Feast of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregory’s father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday after Ash Wednesday

Friday After Ash Wednesday; commemoration of St John of God, Confessor: Missa “Audívit Dóminus” The Station today is at Sts. John And Paul. The stational Mass was on the Caelian Hill, in the Basilica of Bizante, erected by that senator and his son Pammachius within the house of SS. John and Paul. The two martyrs had suffered…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Dennis, Bp with Rusticus & Eleutherius, Martyrs

St Dennis, Bishop with Rusticus & Eleutherius, Martyrs: Missa “Sapiéntiam Sanctórum” Gregory of Tours states that Denis was bishop of the Parisii and was martyred by being beheaded by a sword. The earliest document giving an account of his life and martyrdom, the “Passio SS. Dionysii Rustici et Eleutherii” dates from c. 600, is mistakenly attributed to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Placid & Companions, Martyrs

St Placid & Companions, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ This was the notable Benedictine monk who, two years before the death of Saint Benedict himself, along with his two brothers, Saint Eutychius and Saint Victorinus, and his sister, Saint Flavia, and thirty Benedictine monks, was martyred on the Island of Sicily, in the town of Messina. These…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Thomas of Villanova

Feast of Saint Thomas of Villanova, Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of Saturday Michaelmas Ember and Ss. Maurice & Companion martyrs: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus“ Saint Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S Eustace & Companions, Martyrs

S. Eustace & Companions, Martyrs; Commemoration of the Vigil of St Matthew, Apostle: Missa “Sapiéntiam Sanctórum“ At the beginning of the second century, during the reign of Emperor Trajan, there lived in Rome a famous general by the name of Placidus, who was distinguished among his fellow citizens for his wealth and military prowess. It happened…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria II in the Octave of St Lawrence, Martyr

Feria II in the Octave of St Laurence, Martyr; Commemoration of Ss. Tiburtius and Susanna, Martyrs: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” Laurence (or Lawrence) was chief of the seven deacons of the congregation at Rome, the seven men who, like Stephen and his companions (Acts 6:1-6), were in charge of administering the church budget, particularly with regard…