Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saturday Passiontide I

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent; comm. of St Hermenegild, Martyr: Missa “Miserere mei” Today’s Station on this day before Palm Sunday is at the Church of St. John’s Before The Latin Gate. Remember that St John the Apostle and Evangelist endured but did not succumb to martyrdom. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday Passiontide I

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent; commemoration of St Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome & Doctor of the Church: Missa “Omnia, quae fecisti” The Collecta for this day is at Sta. Maria “in Via Lata.” Under the high altar of Sta. Maria is preserved with all veneration the body of St. Agapitus, the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday Passiontide I

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Liberátor meus” The Collecta for this day is at the church built by Pope Marcus, where the station was held on Monday after the third Sunday in Lent. Station was at St. Marcellus. The title of Marcellus stands on the Via Lata, on the site once occupied by…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday Passiontide I

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Exspecta Dominum” Station at St. Cyriacus in Rome at the Baths of Diocletian. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of the season, the Psalm Judica me Psalm 42 is omitted as well as the Gloria Patri after the Introit and the Lavabo. A very ancient regulation prohibited the procession…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monday Passiontide I

Monday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserére mihi” Station is at St. Chrysogonus’ Church in Trastevere across the Tiber. This was the titular church of Pope Leo XIII when he was still a Cardinal. St. Chrysogonus is one of the saints invoked in the Canon of the Mass. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Passion Sunday

Sunday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Judica me” With Passion Sunday the Season of Passiontide has begun and today’s Mass is full of the thought of the Passion of Jesus and of the infidelity of the Jews, whose place in the Kingdom of God was taken by those who were baptized; that is to…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday Lent III

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent: Missa “Ego clamavi” Collects at Sts. Sergius and Bacchus. The Byzantines built at least five churches in Rome to the honor of the martyrs Sergius and Bacchus. The one where the people collected for the procession to the Basilica of Pudens, was called the Canelicum, and stood in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass: Friday Lent II

Friday in the Second Week of Lent: Missa “Ego autem” Collecta at St. Agatha in Monasterio. Station at St. Vitalis. The meeting place today is in the deaconry of St. Agatha “of the Goths” in the Suburra, which was restored to Catholic worship by St. Gregory the Great. From there the procession went to the neighboring Church…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Benedict

Feast of Saint Benedict, Abbot and Religious Founder; Commemoration of the Lenten Feria: Missa “Os justi” Known as the “Father of Western Monastic Life,” Saint Benedict is the founder of the Benedictines. Born in 480 into a noble family in the village of Nursia, Italy, he studied in Rome but, fearing he would succumb to the…

Today’s Saint: St Patrick, Apostle of the Irish

Introduction from the Confession of St. Patrick, an autobiography I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful, and utterly despised by many. My father was Calpornius, a deacon, son of Potitus, a priest, of the village Bannavem Taburniae; he had a government seat nearby, and there I was taken captive….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Ember Friday in Lent

Ember Friday in Lent: Missa “De necessitátibús meis eripe me, Dómine” The church built by Pope Mark (337-40) is reckoned among the first erected in Rome. It is possible that the dedication to the Evangelist of Alexandria is of later date. Under the altar of the Basilica of the Holy Apostles dedicated by John III (560-73)…