Station Friday Lent II: Statio ad St Vitalem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, with the sacred fast to purify us, Thou mayest cause us to come with sincere minds to the holy things that are before us: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the church of St. Vitalis, martyr, the father of the two illustrious Milanese martyrs,…

Station Thursday Lent II: Statio ad St Mariam trans Tibernim

Grant us, we beseech Thee, Lord, the help of Thy grace, so that we who are duly intent on fasting and prayer may be delivered from enemies of soul and body: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the celebrated basilica, St. Mary‘s across the Tiber. It was consecrated in the third century,…

Station Monday Lent II: Statio ad St Clementem

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting may also abstain from sin and follow after justice: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Clement’s. The oldest level is thought to be the titulus Clementis, one of the first parish churches in Rome, and probably belonged…

Today’s Saint: St Patrick, Apostle of the Irish

Introduction from the Confession of St. Patrick, an autobiography I am Patrick, a sinner, most unlearned, the least of all the faithful, and utterly despised by many. My father was Calpornius, a deacon, son of Potitus, a priest, of the village Bannavem Taburniae; he had a government seat nearby, and there I was taken captive….

Station Ember Wednesday Lent I: Statio ad St Maria Majorem

In mercy heed our prayers, we beg Thee, O Lord; and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty against all that is hostile to us: through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Mary Major. The spring Ember Week consecrated the new season to God and by prayer and fasting sought to obtain abundant…

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…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Wulfstan of Worcester

St Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester & Confessor; Commemoration of the Martyrs, Marus, Martha, Audifax and Abachum and St Canute King and Martyr: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Wulfstan was the son of Athelstan and Wulfgeva. Even during his youth his piety had been noted, and he went on to study at the monasteries of Evesham and Peterborough. Once…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Sylvester, Pope

Pope, St Sylvester: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Saint Sylvester was born in Rome. When he reached the age to dispose of his fortune, he took pleasure in giving hospitality to Christians passing through the city. He would take them with him, wash their feet, serve them at table, and in sum give them in the name of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Damasus I, Pope & Confessor

St Damasus I Pope & Confessor; Comm. Feria of Advent II and the Octave of the Conception of the BVM: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus“ On Pope Liberius’ death, riots broke out over the election of a successor. The majority favored Damasus, who was born in Rome of Spanish descent.  Damasus was a sixty-year-old deacon when he was elected…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Clement, Martyr

St Clement, Pope & Martyr: Missa “Dicit Dominus” Pope Saint Clement I, who was styled by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians (iv, 3) as his fellow laborer,” succeeded St. Cletus as Pope in the year 90. He is named third in the Canon of the Mass, after the apostles. There is no serious…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Feria II in the Octave of St Lawrence, Martyr

Feria II in the Octave of St Laurence, Martyr; Commemoration of Ss. Tiburtius and Susanna, Martyrs: Missa “Conféssio et pulchritúde” Laurence (or Lawrence) was chief of the seven deacons of the congregation at Rome, the seven men who, like Stephen and his companions (Acts 6:1-6), were in charge of administering the church budget, particularly with regard…