Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene: Missa “Me exspectavérunt peccatóres” Saint Mary Magdalen was so called either from Magdala near Tiberias, on the west shore of Galilee, or possibly from a Talmudic expression meaning “curling women’s hair,” which the Talmud explains as of an adulteress. In the New Testament she is mentioned among the women who accompanied Christ…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Sunday VI Post Pentecost

Sunday VI Post Pentecost: Missa “Dóminus fortitúdo“ Holy Mother Church reminds us today of the effects of the two great Sacraments: Baptism and the Eucharist, which she has conferred at Easter and Whitsunday. Dead through sin, we have been plunged and, as it were, buried with Jesus in the baptismal water. “All we who have been…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bonaventure, Bishop Confessor, Doctor of the Church

St Bonaventure, Bishop Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio” Franciscan theologian; known as the Seraphic Doctor. Born in Tuscany in 1221, Giovanni Fidanza, in consequence of a miraculous cure-entered the Franciscan Order. St. Bonaventure, known as “the seraphic doctor,” was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of Bonaventure in…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Pius I

Pope St Pius I, Martyr; commemoration of St Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr &  Bl. Adrian Fortescue, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Today is 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….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Friday Ember

Pentecost Ember Friday: Missa “Repleátur os meum“ Station at the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles The stational Mass was at one time placed at Sts. John and Paul, but in the earlier days was held where the Roman Missal now assigns it. The spirit in which the Church solemnizes her feasts is one of intense…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Whit Thursday

Pentecost Thursday: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The station is now at St. Lawrence, although the Mass would indicate that at one time it was at the Church of the Twelve Apostles. The Lesson from the Acts describes the joy which filled the people of Samaria when the deacon Philip preached the Gospel and worked miracles among them….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; WhitMonday

Feria II in Pentecost Octave: Missa “Spiritus Domini“ The liturgy recalls the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles; and the Church extends the commemoration of it over eight days Originally the feast of Pentecost brought to an end in Rome the fifty days of the Easter celebrations and introduced the fast of the Ember…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Venantius of Camerino, Martyr

St Venantius of Camerino, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti“ Venantius of Camerino (Italian: San Venanzio, also known as Saint Wigand) (died 18 May 251 or 253) is the patron saint of Camerino, Italy and Raiano, Italy. Christian tradition holds that he was a 15-year-old who was tortured, and martyred by decapitation at Camerino during the persecutions of Decius….

Station Wednesday in Holy Week: Statio ad St Mariam Majorem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we who are continually afflicted by reason of our excesses, may be delivered through the passion of Thine only-begotten Son. The Station today is at St. Mary Major for the second time during Lent. As we set our eyes on the Sacred Triduum, it is good to stand in…

Palm Sunday: Statio ad St Ioannem Laterano

O God, whom to love above all is righteousness, multiply in us the gifts of Thine ineffable grace: and since Thou hast given us in the death of Thy Son to hope for those things which we believe, grant us by the Resurrection of the same to attain the end to which we aspire. The…