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; St Venantius of Camerino, Martyr

St Venantius of Camerino, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti“ Venantius of Camerino (Italian: San Venanzio, also known as Saint Wigand) (died 18 May 251 or 253) is the patron saint of Camerino, Italy and Raiano, Italy. Christian tradition holds that he was a 15-year-old who was tortured, and martyred by decapitation at Camerino during the persecutions of Decius….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Peter, Martyr

St Peter of Verona, Martyr; Comm. Octave of St George Patron of England: Missa “Protexisti“ In 1205 the glorious martyr Peter was born at Verona of Manichean parents; there he nonetheless attended a Catholic school. One day his Manichean uncle asked what he learnt there. The Creed, answered Peter: I believe in God, Creator of heaven…

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; St Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr

St Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti“ If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. Complete generosity to others characterized this saint’s life. Born in 1577, Mark Rey became a lawyer who constantly upheld the causes of the poor and oppressed people. Nicknamed “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; Saturday Passiontide I

Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent: 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 the season, the Psalm Judica me…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Friday Passiontide I

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent: Missa “Miserére mihi “ The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Stephen on Monte Celio. This church of the great proto-martyr was chosen as the place where the faithful were to assemble on the Friday of Passion week. Until Maundy Thursday, in masses of the season, the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Thursday Passiontide I

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent: 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 famous martyr of Praeneste (Palestrina), together with some relics of St. Cyriacus, the martyr of…

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…