Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Within the Octave of the Ascension

Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Exáudi, Dómine“ On this Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension of Our Lord. The Station is at St. Mary “ad Martyres” Let us, like the Apostles gathered together, prepare in prayer for the holy day of Pentecost. Let us pray, as the Church prescribes, for the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Dunstan of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor

St Dunstan, Bishop & Confessor; Comm. S. Pudentiana, Virgin: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Born of a noble family at Baltonsborough, near Glastonbury, England, Dunstan was educated there by Irish monks and while still a youth, was sent to the court of King Athelstan. He became a Benedictine monk about 934 and was ordained by his uncle,…

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; Sunday’s Mass: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Palm Sunday would be in any case a great and holy day, as it commemorates the last triumph of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth and opens the Holy Week. On this day, the Church celebrates the triumphant entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem, when the multitude, going before and following after Him,…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent IV

Thursday Lent IV: Missa “Lætétur cor” Today’s Collecta is at the Church of St. Quiricus with the Station at St. Martin “ad montes” The Church of St. Quiricus (at one time St. Quiricus and Julitta, Oriental martyrs) is at the foot of the Quirinal hill. Through the zeal of Pope Symmachus, two oratories were erected…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday Lent IV

Monday Lent IV: Missa “Deus, in nómine tuo” The church of the Collecta, built in the seventh century, is the location for today’s Holy Mass. The church is the Station at the Church of the Four Holy Crowned Martyrs. Their relics are venerated in this sanctuary along with the head of the martyr St. Sebastian, an…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Friday Lent III

Friday Lent III: Missa “Fac mecum, Dómine” The Collecta today is at St. Mary ad Martyres which is the name given to the beautiful Pantheon of Agrippa when it was turned into a Christian Church by Pope Boniface IV(608-15). The Romans of the Middle Ages loved this majestic sanctuary, where among other relics was preserved in a casket locked with thirteen keys…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent III

Thursday Lent III: Missa “Salus pópuli ego sum“ Collecta at St. Mark. Station at Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Under the high altar of St. Mark’s rest the bodies of the martyrs Sts. Abdon, Sennen, and Hermes, transferred thither by Pope Gregory IV (827-44). The stational Basilica at Sts. Cosmas and Damian we have already noticed as the place of the collecta on the second Monday…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday Lent III

Wednesday Lent III: Missa “Ego autem in Dómino sperábo” The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Sisto Vecchio. It was built in the 4th century, and was one of the first parish churches in Rome and was known as the Titulus Crescentianae. Tradition claims that it was founded by Pope Anastasius I. Lesson…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of St Benedict

Feast of Saint Benedict, Abbot and Religious Founder; Comm. Tuesday Lent III: 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 licentious…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Monday Lent III

Monday Lent III: Missa “In Deo laudabo verbum” Collecta at St. Adrian. Station at St. Mark The church of St. Adrian was dedicated by Pope Honorius I (625-38) to the memory of this famous martyr of Nicomedia, who, during the Byzantine era, was the object of much devotion in Rome. The stational Basilica de Pallacine, dedicated…