Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday III Post Pentecost

Sunday III Post Pentecost; commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity of St John the Baptist: Missa “Réspice in me“  The liturgy celebrates today the mercy of God towards us, poor sinners. (Collect, Postcommunion) Jesus has come not to call the just but sinners, and the Holy Ghost comes to establish the reign of God in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Friday Ember

Pentecost Ember Friday: Missa “Repleátur os meum“ Station at the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles The stational Mass was at one time placed at Sts. John and Paul, but in the earlier days was held where the Roman Missal now assigns it. The spirit in which the Church solemnizes her feasts is one of intense…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Thursday

Pentecost Thursday: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The station is now at St. Lawrence, although the Mass would indicate that at one time it was at the Church of the Twelve Apostles. The Lesson from the Acts describes the joy which filled the people of Samaria when the deacon Philip preached the Gospel and worked miracles among them….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitMonday

Feria II in Pentecost Octave: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The liturgy recalls the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles; and the Church extends the commemoration of it over eight days Originally the feast of Pentecost brought to an end in Rome the fifty days of the Easter celebrations and introduced the fast of the Ember…

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. The virgin…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Vitalis, Martyr

St Vitalis, Martyr; Comm. Octave of St George Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti“ St Vitalis is honoured as the principal patron of the city of Ravenna, in which he glorified God by martyrdom in the persecution of Nero. He was a citizen of Milan, and is said in his acts to have been the father of…

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; Saturday in Paschaltide I

Saturday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Edúxit Dóminus“ The conclusion today of the baptismal celebrations calls the neophytes together again in the Lateran Basilica beside the font in which on Easter Eve they were born to newness of life. Today’s stational liturgy seems to be influenced more than ever by the thought of purity and innocence, like…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Friday in Paschaltide I

Friday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Edúxit eos Dóminus“ In the Seventh Century the Roman Pantheon was dedicated to St. Mary and the heroic sons of the Roman Church, who had suffered martyrdom. The martyrs indeed seem to have a particular right to the glory of the Resurrection on account of their perfect resemblance to Christ crucified;…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday in Paschaltide I

Thursday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Victricem“ Station at the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome. Under the high altar of this church are preserved the relics of the Apostles Philip and James only; the stational feast is celebrated in honor of all the Apostles together. The Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles deals with…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday in Paschaltide I

Wednesday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Venite, benedicti“ Station at the St. Laurence-Without-the-Walls. Today we honor St. Lawrence, the Cross-bearer of the Roman Church, to express our gratitude for the favor shown by him to the catechumens in bringing them to holy Baptism. The Gospel gives the account of the third appearance of the risen Savior to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday in Paschaltide I

Tuesday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Aqua sapiéntiæ potávit“ Station at the St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. After visiting St. Peter’s, it was fitting that the neophytes should at once be brought to the Doctor of the Gentiles, beside whose tomb they had learned the first rudiments of the new law of the Gospel. Therefore in the Lesson from the…