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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monday in Paschaltide I

Monday in Paschaltide I: Missa “Introduxit vos Dominus“ Station at the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome. This Octave is entirely consecrated to the neophytes. The week was for them a continual feast, a spiritual feast; and they kept their white baptismal garments, which were not laid aside until the following Sunday (in albis deponendis). The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Wednesday Passiontide II

Wednesday in Passiontide II: Missa “Ut in nomine Jesu“ Station at the Church of St. Mary Major. [Until Holy Thursday the Gloria Patri is omitted] Today is Holy Wednesday, also called Spy Wednesday because this is the day on which Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin. Judas is thought to be sneaky, his actions conjure up the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Tuesday Passiontide II

Tuesday in Passiontide II: Missa “Nos autem“ Station at the Church of St. Prisca in Rome . This was one of the 25 parishes of Rome in the fifth century. The Epistle, Gradual, Offertory and Communion are a perfect adaptation of the passages in the Old Testament to Christ persecuted. He is ‘the meek lamb that…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Monday Passiontide II

Monday in Passiontide II: Missa “Judica, Domine“ Station at the Church of St. Praxedes. This is the church where the precious Pillar of Flagellation was brought from the Holy Land by the Crusaders along with three thorns from the Crown of Thorns. Under Pope Paschalis I many relics of numerous martyrs were brought to this church….