Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday Lent II

Wednesday Lent II: Missa “Ne derelínquas mé” The Basilica of St. George still stands on the further side of the pons Senatorum, in the region of the Velabrum. The titulus Cecilice is in Trastevere, in the actual house of the martyr. In 1595, the sarcophagus under the altar containing her relics was opened, and the body…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent II

Tuesday Lent II; com. St Chad of Mercia: Missa “Tibi dixit cor meum” There was no collecta on this day, perhaps because the Station of the Basilica of St. Balbina stood alone, far away on the Aventine, there being no other church in its vicinity from which the stational procession could set out. The foundress…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent I

Thursday Lent I: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúdo” Collecta at St. Agatha in Monasterio. Station at St. Lawrence in Panisperna. The titular church of the famous deaconry of the Suburra was dedicated to the Sicilian martyr Agatha; in the eighth century a monastery was attached to it. St. Lawrence in Panisperna on the Viminal marks the spot…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Saturday After Ash Wednesday: Missa “Audívit Dóminus” We must struggle by solemn fast and by works of charity against our passions, and “the Lord will give us rest, and will fill our souls with brightness.” The rough sea and the contrary winds are a figure of our passions. In this hard struggle Jesus will come to our help…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria III of Quinquagesima

Feria III of Quinquagesima Sunday Missa: “Esto mihi in Deum protectórem” Quinquagesima is the name used in the Western Church for the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. It was also called Quinquagesima Sunday, Quinquagesimae, Estomihi, or Shrove Sunday. The name Quinquagesima originates from Latin quinquagesimus (fiftieth), referring to the fifty days before Easter Day using inclusive counting…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Faustinus & Jovita, Martyrs

SS Faustinus & Jovita, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ Faustinus and Jovita were brothers, nobly born, and were zealous professors of the Christian religion, which they preached without fear in their city of Brescia in Lombardy, during the persecution of Adrian. Their remarkable zeal excited the fury of the heathens against them, and procured them a glorious…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Quinquagesima

Quinquagesima Sunday Missa “Esto mihi in Deum protectórem” Quinquagesima is the name used in the Western Church for the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. It was also called Quinquagesima Sunday, Quinquagesimae, Estomihi, or Shrove Sunday. The name Quinquagesima originates from Latin quinquagesimus (fiftieth), referring to the fifty days before Easter Day using inclusive counting which counts…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady on Saturday

Our Lady on Saturday: 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, so also Mary…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Gilbert of Sempringham

S. Gilbert of Sempringham, Confessor: Missa “Justus ut palma” Son of the wealthy Norman knight Jocelin. When Gilbert showed no signs of becoming a soldier, his father exiled him to Paris, France to study. Gilbert returned to England as a master of arts, and opened a school for the children of the poor in Sempringham,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Blaise

St Blaise, Bishop & Martyr; Comm. St Laurence of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” St Blaise: Many Catholics might remember Saint Blaise’s feast day because of the Blessing of the Throats that took place on this day. Two candles are blessed, held slightly open, and pressed against the throat as the blessing is said. Saint…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Septuagesima

SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY; Missa “Circumdederunt me” The venerated Abbe Dom Prosper Gueranger comments on today’s Epistle with these words: “These stirring words of the apostle deepen the sentiments already produced in us by the sad recollections of which we are this day reminded. He tells us that this world is a race, wherein all must run;…