Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday XII Post Pentecost

Sunday XII Post Pentecost: Missa “Deus, in adjutórìum meum” We have been initiated into spiritual life by the Sacrament of Baptism and strengthened, perfected, by the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Feast of Pentecost has celebrated the efficaciousness of Baptism and Confirmation: the graces and fruits given by the Holy Ghost.The Church recalls in the Liturgy today…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; St Bernard of Clairvaux

St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot & Doctor of the Church; Com. Sunday XI Post Pentecost & Feria in the Octave of the Dormition: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ ERNARD was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy near Dijon, in 1090. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Octave Day of St Laurence, Martyr

Octave Day of St Laurence, Martyr: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” Today is celebrated the “eighth day” or Octave Day of St Laurence of Rome (Aug 10th). Commemoration is made of the Octave of the Dormition [Assumption] hence the Creed is recited. INTROIT Psalm 96: 6 Praise and beauty are before Him: holiness and majesty in His sanctuary….

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; X Post Pentecost

Sunday X Post Pentecost; Commemoration of the Feria in the Octave of St Lawrence: Missa “Dum clamárem” The Church gives us today a true notion of Christian humility. The liturgy reminds us that the humble soul is blessed to recognize its nothingness only on this condition Our sanctification is an impossible work if we undertake it alone,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Day III in the Octave of St Laurence, Martyr

Day III in the Octave of St Laurence, Martyr; Commemoration of St Clare, Virgin: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” The Breviary says of St Clare: “Following the example of St. Francis, she distributed all her possessions among the poor. She fled from the noise of the world and betook herself to a country chapel, where St. Francis…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr

St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr: Missa“Sacerdotes Dei“ St. Donatus, Bishop and Martyr who suffered martyrdom under Emperor Julian the Apostate, in 361. This Bishop of Arezzo in Tuscany was illustrious for his sanctity and for his gift of working miracles. The Church has always remembered him with the highest veneration. This Saint came with his…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Transfiguration of Our Lord

The Transfiguration of Our Lord; Comm. of Sunday VIII Post Pentecost and of Pope Saint Sixtus, Saints Felicissimus and Agapitus, Martyrs : Missa “Illuxérunt coruscatiónes“ The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Dominic

St Dominic, Priest & Confessor: Missa “Os justi” Saint Dominic (Spanish: Santo Domingo), also known as Dominic of Osma and Dominic of Caleruega, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo Félix de Guzmán (1170 – August 6, 1221), was a Spanish priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Dominic was born at Calaruega, Spain, studied at the Univ….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr

Finding of the Body of St Stephen, Proto-Martyr: Missa “Sederunt príncipes” The body of St. Stephen, the first martyr, with those of some other saints, was discovered near Jerusalem in the year 415. Later the body of the saint was taken to Constantinople and finally to Rome, where it now lies beside that of St. Lawrence….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope S. Stephen I, Martyr

Pope, St Stephen, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” ST. STEPHEN was by birth a Roman, and, being promoted to holy orders, was made archdeacon under the holy Popes St. Cornelius and St. Lucius. The latter having suffered martyrdom, St. Stephen was chosen to succeed him, and was elected Pope on the 3d of May, 253. The controversy…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Peter’s Chains & Seven Holy Macchabees

Saint Peter’s Chains; comm. St. Paul Apostle & the Holy Macchabees, Martyrs: Missa “Nunc scio vere“ Today is the Feast of Saint Peter’s Chains. The chains with which Peter the Apostle was fettered from time to time have always been the object of veneration among the faithful. They are preserved in a basilica in Rome, which…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Praxedis Virgin

S. Praxedis Virgin: Missa “Loquébar de testimóniis“ S. Praxedes according to her legend was a Roman maiden, the sister of St. Pudentiana, who, when the Emperor Marcus Antoninus was hunting down Christians, sought them out to relieve them with money, care, comfort and every charitable aid. Some she hid in her house, others she encouraged to…