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…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Lent III

Third Sunday of Lent: Missa “Oculi mei” The Station for the Third Sunday in Lent is at St. Laurence-without-the-Walls in Rome which was built by Constantine on the Tiburtine Way. It contains the tomb of the celebrated deacon, the great martyr of Rome. Enlarged and enriched in the course of the ages, it has always been much…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Saturday Lent II

Saturday Lent II: Missa “Lex Domini” The Station at Sts. Marcellinus and Peter is in the basilica founded by St. Helen on the Via Lavicana, where were buried the bodies of St. Marcellinus, priest, and St. Peter, exorcist, martyred at Rome during the Diocletian persecution. Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass. This church…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday Lent II

Thursday Lent II: Missa “Deus in adjutorium meum” Today’s Station takes place in a basilica erected shortly after the peace of Constantine by Julius I and which is one of the first churches of Rome dedicated to the Mother of God. Mary is there represented seated among the wise Virgins who hold their lamps. This is…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Wednesday Lent II

Wednesday Lent II: Missa “Ne derelínquas mé” The Basilica of St. George still stands on the further side of the pons Senatorum, in the region of the Velabrum. The titulus Cecilice is in Trastevere, in the actual house of the martyr. In 1595, the sarcophagus under the altar containing her relics was opened, and the body…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent II

Tuesday Lent II: Missa “Tibi dixit cor meum” There was no collecta on this day, perhaps because the Station of the Basilica of St. Balbina stood alone, far away on the Aventine, there being no other church in its vicinity from which the stational procession could set out. The foundress of the titulus Balbince- dedicated at…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ember Saturday in Lent

Ember Saturday in Lent: Missa “Reminíscere” The Station for the Saturday of Ember Week is always at the great basilica erected by Constantine and rebuilt by the Popes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on the hill of the Vatican on the spot where St. Peter died on the cross and where his body rests. Besides…