Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Juliana Falconieri, Virgin

St Juliana Falconieri, Virgin; Commemoration of SS Gervase & Protase, Martyrs: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Juliana was a spirited young woman of Florence who felt drawn to serve God in a radical way. Through her uncle she was attracted to the Servites, first as a tertiary and later became the Superior of the “Mantellate” Servite Sisters. Juliana…

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

St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr: Missa “Exaltabo“ Boniface was born in Crediton in 680AD into a Saxon family. He was baptised Wynfrith or Winfrid (from the Saxon words wine – friend and frith – peace) . His first biographer, Willibald, writing in the C8th, records that he received his early education in a Benedictine monastery…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Within the Octave of the Ascension

Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension; Commemoration the Octave Day of St Augustine of Canterbury, Ss. Marcellinus, Peter & Erasmus, Martyrs: Missa “Exáudi, Dómine“ On this Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension of Our Lord. The Station is at St. Mary “ad Martyres” Let us, like the Apostles gathered together, prepare in prayer…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Aldhelm, Bishop Confessor

St Aldhelm, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. S. Urban Pope & Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Aldhelm was born in Wessex, in AD 639. He was apparently a ‘nephew’ of King Ine, probably, in fact, a cousin of some kind. His father’s name was Centa, and it has been suggested that this was a pet name for Ine’s…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady Help of Christians

Our Lady Help of Christians: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ There are two inscriptions of the first centuries of Christianity in Greek related to the Virgin Mary: : θεοτοκος (Teotokos, Theotokos, Mother of God) and βοηθεια (Boetheia, the Helper). The Fathers of the Church referred to Mary as “βοηθεια”. John Chrysostom used the title in a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Ubaldus of Gubbio

St Ubaldus of Gubbio, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus“ Today the Holy Church celebrates the life of St. Ubaldus, Bishop of Gubio and Confessor. Born to noble parents, St. Ubaldus lived a pious childhood. After his father died while Ubaldus was still quite young, the boy became a canon regular for the local…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria of Easter IV

Feria of Dominica IV Post Pascha: Missa “Cantate” Of all the gifts that come from God, the most excellent is the gospel and regeneration in baptism, by which He has made us His children and heirs of heaven. How great is this honor, and how earnestly we should endeavor to preserve it! To hear the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bernardine of Siena, Confessor

St Bernardine of Siena, Confessor: Missa “Os justi” At this season of the year, when Jesus by His triumph has realized His name of Saviour, the Cycle celebrates the Feast of St. Bernardine who was consumed “by the very ardent love of this divine name” (Collect). Born of a noble family of Siena, St. Bernardine…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paschal Baylon, Confessor

St Paschal Baylon, Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Paschal’s Spanish parents were poor and pious. Between the ages of seven and 24 he worked as a shepherd and began a life of mortification. He was able to pray on the job and was especially attentive to the church bell, which rang at the Elevation during Mass….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monthly Requiem

Monthly Requiem Mass: Missa “Requiem aeternam“ The Requiem Mass is an expression of the Communion of Saints, the Church Militant (on earth) prays for the souls of the departed expressing Christian hope that they, the departed, will become members of the Church Triumphant (in heaven). Essentially the Church pleads Christ that His promise to the “repentant thief” at His…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria II of Easter III

Feria II of Dominica III Post Pascha; Commemoration of St Anicetus, Pope & Martyr: Missa “Jubilate” On this Third Sunday After Easter, the Church rejoices because Christ is risen again and has redeemed us (Alleluia); and so she utters cries of joy (Introit) and sings the praises of God (Offertory). A little while, and now you…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday in Paschaltide: Missa “Salve, sancta parens“ The Mass of the Blessed Virgin shows us Mary as Mother of our Savior. She was destined for her role in the history of our salvation (Epistle), for as Eve was the intermediary chosen by the angel of darkness to bring about the fall of Adam,…