Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of St Andrew the Apostle

Vigil of St Andrew, Apostle; commemoration of St Saturninus, Martyr; Missa “Dóminus secus mare Galilaeæ” Today is the last day of the liturgical year. The day preceding a festival is styled a vigil (from the Latin word signifying a night-watch) because in primitive ages the faithful passed in prayer in the church the greater part…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” Anticipation is a sign of solicitude and zeal, and therefore the Church, because she is full of love, anticipates the liturgical solemnities in her prayers. A typical example of this zeal is found In the lives of some of the early saints like St….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Teresa of Avila

The Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Religious Foundress; commemoration of the Octaves of St Wilfrid of York, & of St Edward, King & Confessor: Missa “Dilexísti justítiam” Saint Teresa, the foundress of the Discalced Carmelites, was born at Avila in Old Castile in what is today part of Spain on March 28,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XVII Post Pentecost

Sunday XVII Post Pentecost, Commemoration of SS. Comas & Damian, Martyrs: Missa “Iustus es, Domine” The liturgy reminds us today of the great commandment of charity towards God and our neighbor. “The precept is twofold,” declares St. Augustine, “but charity is one.” We love God above all and our neighbor for His sake. The unity of our…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Cyprian & Justina, Martyrs

SS. Cyprian and Justina, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem iustorum” St. Cyprian was born to parents who worshiped idols. They taught him all kinds of wicked beliefs and superstitions. They even offered him to the Devil! What a terrible thing to do! Cyprian, having learned these wicked practices, did terrible crimes, blasphemed Christ, and committed secret murders!…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria of Sunday XVI Post Pentecost

Feria of Sunday XVI Post Pentecost: Missa “Miserére mihi” In the Gospel for the Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost the supernatural life of our souls requires that the grace of God should always go before us and accompany us (Collect). To Him therefore be glory (Epistle). It is He (Christ) Who heals our infirmities (Gospel), and Who is…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist

St Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist: Missa “Os justi” Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, also called Levi, was sitting at his tax-collector’s desk in Capernaum when he was called by Christ. He followed Him at once, and also gave a feast for Him and the other disciples. After the resurrection of Christ, while Matthew was still in…

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: Today’s Mass; St. Joseph of Cupertino

Feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino, Confessor: Missa “Diléctio Dei” St. Joseph was born in 1603 at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. After his ordination to the holy priesthood, he gave…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Cornelius & Cyprian

Feast of the Martyrs Pope Saint Cornelius and Saint Cyprian, Bishop; Comm. SS. Euphemia, Lucy & Geminianus: Missa “Intret in conspectu” Pope Saint Cornelius succeeded St. Fabian as Pope in 251. He behaved with zeal and piety in his pastoral charge and adhered to his duty with courage and steadfastness. The holy Pope suffered martyrdom, September 14,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Missa “Nos autem” The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates three historical events: the finding of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine; the dedication of churches built by Constantine on the site of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Calvary;…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Most Holy Name of Mary

The Most Holy Name of Mary; Commemoration of Sunday XV Post Pentecost: Missa “Vultum Tuum” Whatever interpretation of the name of Mary we may accept, whether it means bitterness, the lady of the sea, or beloved of God, it is still the name of our Mother in Heaven, the name which was first on the…