Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria II of Low Sunday

Feria II of Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” In certain parishes Low Sunday is First Holy Communion Day. There is, however, no foundation for this custom in the liturgy. In the ancient Church the catechumens received three sacraments during the Easter vigil service, viz, Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. For this celebration they wore the white…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Low Sunday

Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Station at the Church of St. Pancras in Rome. Low Sunday, so called in order to emphasize the contrast between the great Easter solemnity and the Sunday which ends the Octave, is also known as Quasimodo, from the first words of the Introit. (Not the hunchback of Notre Dame!) In…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday: Missa “Edúxit Dóminus” The conclusion today of the baptismal celebrations calls the neophytes together again in the Lateran Basilica beside the font in which on Easter Eve they were born to newness of life. Today’s stational liturgy seems to be influenced more than ever by the thought of purity and innocence, like a loving…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Annunciation of the BVM

In Annuntiatione Beate Mariæ Virgine (holyday of obligation): Missa “Vultum Tuum“ This feast, prepared by that of St. Gabriel, recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of our Lord (Gospel) in the womb of a Virgin (Epistle). On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to itself for ever the humanity of…

Station Passion Sunday: Statio ad St Petrum

Look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon Thy family; by Thy governance may we be outwardly protected in body; by Thy favor may we be inwardly strengthened in heart and mind. Through Our Lord… At Rome, the Station is in the basilica of St. Peter. The importance of this Sunday, which never…

Station Thursday Lent IV: Statio ad St Silvestrum et Martinum

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who have undertaken to chastise our bodies by fasting may, even in this devotion, find cause for rejoicing: forasmuch as earthly passions being thereby subdued, we are the better able to fix our hopes on the delights of Heaven. Through Our Lord… The Station is at…

Station Wednesday Lent IV: Statio ad St Paulum

God, who rewardest the merits of the just, and allowest sinners to obtain pardon by fasting, have mercy on us who beseech Thee that our confession of guilt may enable us to win forgiveness of our sins: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Paul without-the-walls. On this day the catechumens were subjected…

Today’s Saint; S. Chad, Bishop & Confessor

St Chad, Bishop & Confessor, Apostle to Mercia Born: c.AD 623 in Northumbria Abbot of Lastingham Bishop of York Bishop of Lichfield Died: 2nd March AD 672 at Lichfield, Staffordshire St. Chad, or Ceadda, was the youngest of the four brothers: Cedd, Cynebil, Celin and Chad, all eminent priests. Despite attempts to claim him as…

Station Tuesday Lent I: Statio ad St Anastasiam

Look favourably, Lord, upon Thy household, and grant that our mind being chastened by mortification of the body, may glow in Thy sight with desire of Thee: through Our Lord… At Rome, the Station is in the church of St. Anastasia, where, formerly, the Mass of the Aurora on Christmas Day was celebrated. The first…

Station Monday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum in Vincula

O God our Saviour, grant us a change of heart and form our minds by heavenly instruction, so that we may profit by our Lenten fast: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Peter in Chains. The church was one of the tituli, Rome’s first parish churches, known as the Titulus Eudoxiae or the Eudoxiana. It was built over…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feast of the Chair of Peter at Antioch

Feast of the Chair of Peter at Antioch: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” That Saint Peter, before he went to Rome, founded the see of Antioch is attested by many Saints of the earliest times, including St. Ignatius of Antioch and Pope St. Clement I. It was just that the Prince of the Apostles should take…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; The Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul: Missa “Scio cui crédidi” Since the 8th century the feast of the conversion of St. Paul has been set apart by the Church to return thanks to almighty God for His act of grace in bringing the future apostle to the Faith. After the miracle of Christ’s Resurrection no…