Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Eustathius of Antioch

St Eustathius of Antioch, Bishop, Confessor: Missa “In medio” Saint Eustathius, Archbishop of Antioch (323-331) was born in Side, Pamphylia in 324. He was Bishop of Beroea (modern Aleppo), and enjoyed the love and esteem of the people, and at the request of his flock he was elevated by the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Pius I

Pope St Pius I, Martyr; commemoration of Blessed Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr &  Bl. Adrian Fortescue, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today of the Feast of Pope Saint Pius I, Martyr and great Pope of the Second Century. According to the earliest list of the popes, given by Irenaeus (“Adv. haer.”, II, xxxi; cf. Eusebius, “Hist. eccl.”,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Etheldreda Queen, Virgin, Abbess

St. Etheldreda, Queen, Virgin, Abbess; commemoration of the Vigil of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist: Missa “Dilexisti” Etheldreda (Æthelthryth, Ediltrudis, Audrey) (d.679), queen, foundress and abbess of Ely. She was the daughter of Anna, king of East Anglia, and was born, probably, at Exning, near Newmarket in Suffolk. At an early age she was…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Silverius Pope & Martyr

S. Silverius Pope & Martyr: Missa “In virtúte tua, Dómine“ SILVERIUS was son of Pope Hermisdas, who had been married before he entered the ministry. Upon the death of St. Agapetas, after a vacancy of forty-seven days, Silverius, then subdeacon, was chosen Pope, and ordained on the 8th of June, 536. Theodora, the empress of Justinian,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs

SS. Mark & Marcellian, Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ Mark and Marcellian (d. c.290), Roman martyrs. These martyrs are commemorated in the ancient Roman sacramentaries; their tomb, with frescoes of them and their companions, has been identified in the catacomb of St. Balbina. For the details of their Lives the only source is the unreliable 5th‐century Acts…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS. Vitus, Modestus & Crescentia

SS. Vitus, Modestus & Crescentia, Martyrs: Missa “Multæ Tribulationes“ The Holy Martyrs Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia the Nursemaid, suffered for Christ during the reign of emperor Diocletian (284-305). The holy Martyr Vitus was son of an illustrious Sicilian dignitary, the pagan Gelas. While still a young lad, Saint Vitus was enflamed with an ardent love for…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Anthony of Padua

S. Anthony of Padua, Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ Saint Anthony of Padua of the Order of St. Francis was called “The Hammer of Heretics.” For nine years he labored in France, Italy and Sicily. Men heard his voice, saw his miracles, and their hearts were turned to God. Nothing is…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Within the Octave of Corpus Christi

Sunday II Post Pentecost, within the Octave of Corpus Christi: Missa “Factus est“ Wherever the solemn celebration of Corpus Christi is observed on the Sunday, one high Mass is celebrated as on the feast itself, with commemoration and last Gospel of the second Sunday. After this Mass the procession takes place. For the feast of Corpus…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Felix I, Martyr

Pope Saint Felix I, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” ST. FELIX was a Roman by birth, and succeeded St. Dionysius in the government of the Church in 269. Paul of Samosata, the proud Bishop of Antioch, to the guilt of many enormous crimes added that of heresy, teaching that Christ was no more than a mere…

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; 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; Feast of St Benedict

Feast of Saint Benedict, Abbot and Religious Founder; Commemoration of the Feria: 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…