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…

Station Tuesday Lent IV: Statio ad St Laurentium in Damaso

Almighty and merciful God, heed our prayers and by Thy goodness grant us graces won by wholesome self-denial: through Our Lord… The Station today is in St. Lawrence‘s in Damaso—a church built by Pope St. Damascus in honor of the martyred deacon. It was one of the first parish churches in Rome and was rebuilt…

Station Sunday Lent IV: Statio ad St Crucem in Jerusalem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who for our evil deeds justly deserve to be punished, by the comfort of Thy grace may mercifully be relieved. Through Our Lord… The Station at Rome is in the basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, one of the seven principal churches of the holy city….

Station Saturday Lent III: Statio ad St Susannam

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting, may also abstain from sin and following after justice: through Our Lord… The Station is in the church of St. Susanna, virgin and martyr of Rome. The first Christian place of worship was built here in the 4th century. It…

Station Friday Lent III: Statio ad St Laurentium in Lucina

Accompany our fasts, we beseech, O Lord with Thy benignant favor, that, as in the body we abstain from food, so in spirit we may refrain from sin. Through our Lord… The Station today is at St. Lawrence’s in Lucina. Near the church was a well which was very dear to the Romans and which…