Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla & Pancras, Martyrs

SS. Nereus, Achilleus, Domitilla & Pancras, Martyrs: Missa “Ecce oculi” Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were servants of St. Flavia Domitilla. She was the wife of the consul Flavius Clemens. cousin of the Emperor Domitian. She died in exile on the island of Pandataria. Her granddaughter, likewise Domitilla, also died in exile on the island of Pontia….

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Antoninus of Florence

St Antoninus OP, Bishop & Confessor; comm. Sunday IV Post Easter, & 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…

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: Popes St Soter & St Caius, Martyrs

Popes St Soter & St Caius, Martyrs: Missa “Sancti tui” These two Sovereign Pontiffs were martyred for the Faith 120 years apart in the second and third centuries. Pope Saint Soter was raised to the Papacy after the death of Pope St. Anicetus in 166. He was the 12th successor of Peter and it was he…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday after Ash Wednesday

Friday After Ash Wednesday: 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 death on this spot for the faith,…

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 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 professor of philosophy there….

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; St. Januarius, Bishop & Companion Martyrs

Feast of Januarius, Bishop and Companion Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ St. Januarius and companion martyrs were martyred during the persecution under Diocletian. St. Januarius, patron of the city of Naples and bishop of Beneventum, was beheaded with his deacons and some others. In the great church at Naples are preserved some of the blood of…

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…