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. Octave of the Conception of the BVM and the IV Feria of Advent II: 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…

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; Pope St Anacletus, Martyr

Pope, St Anacletus, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” According to the list of Popes furnished us by St. Irenaeus, Pope Saint Anacletus is probably the same person as Pope Saint Cletus, the successor of Pope Saint Linus and the predecessor of Pope Saint Clement on the papal throne. Some say that he was banished from Rome and…

Today’s Saint; S. Francis Caracciolo, Confessor

St Francis Caracciolo Confessor; Comm. Feria in the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Factum est” A medical crisis that proved to be a false alarm changed the life of this 16th-century saint. At age 22, Francis developed a troublesome skin disease resembling leprosy—one of the most dreaded diseases of the day. He vowed that if…

Today’s Saint; S. Philip Neri C.O. Confessor

St Philip Neri C.O. Confessor, Apostle of Rome Saint Philip Neri, Italian San Filippo Neri, (born July 21, 1515, Florence [Italy]—died May 26, 1595, Rome; canonized 1622; feast day May 26), Italian priest and one of the outstanding mystics during the Counter-Reformation and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory (now the Institute of the…

Station Passiontide Wednesday I: Statio ad St Marcellum

May our fasts be acceptable to Thee, O Lord; may they atone for our sins and render us worthy of Thy grace; and may they lead us to eternal remedies. Through Our Lord… The Collecta for this day is at the church built by Pope Marcus, where the station was held on Monday after the…

Station Passiontide Monday I: Statio ad St Chrysogonum

Sanctify our fasts, we beseech Thee, O Lord and in Thy mercy grant us pardon for all our sins. Through Our Lord… The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Chrysogonus, one of the most celebrated martyrs of the Church of Rome. His name is inserted in the Canon of the Mass. The…

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 Saturday Lent IV: Statio ad St Nicolaum in Carcere

Vouchsafe, O Lord, by Thy grace to make fruitful the fervor of our devotion; for the fasts we have undertaken shall profit us only if they be pleasing to Thy goodness. Through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Nicholas in Prison. It was constructed in the ruins of two temples and the ancient Forum…

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…