Sunday Lent I: Statio Ad S Ioannem in Laterano

O God, who dost purify Thy Church by the yearly observance of Lent: grant to Thy household, that what we strive to obtain from Thee by abstinence, we may achieve by good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ… On the first Sunday of Lent, the stational cycle brings us to the Cathedral Archbasilica of the Holy Savior…

Stational Churches in Lent: A pilgrimage

Historically, on particular days the faithful of Rome would gather (or collect together) with the pope at a designated church called the ecclesia collecta. After the recitation of a prayer there, the assembly proceeded to another church referred to as the stational church. In procession, they chanted the Litany of the Saints. At the stational…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Marcellus I, Martyr

Pope Saint Marcellus I, Martyr: Missa “Statuit ei Dominus” Nothing of Marcellus’ life before his papacy has survived the centuries. He became Pope at the end of the persecutions of Diocletian in aound 308-309. The persecutions had disrupted the Church so much that there had been a gap of over a year with no Pope. Once…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Paul Primi Emeriti

St Paul the First Hermit & St Maur, Abbot: Missa “Iustus ut palma florébit“ Today is the feast of Saint Paul the Hermit, father of hermits, who had St. Jerome for his historian. Having become an orphan at the age of fifteen, he gave up his possessions and retired into a desert where a flourishing palm-tree,…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; Commemoration of the Second Sunday Post Epiphany: Missa “In nomine Jesu” Holy Mother Church reveals to us the greatness of His name. It was on the occasion of the rite of Circumcision that a name was given to children among Jews. So the Church uses the same Gospel as…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas a Becket of Canterbury, Martyr

St Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr; Within the Octave of the Nativity: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” Saint Thomas a Becket, son of an English nobleman, Gilbert Becket, was born on the day consecrated to the memory of Saint Thomas the Apostle, December 21, 1117, in Southwark, England. He was endowed by both nature and grace…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Stephen, First Martyr of the Church

St Stephen, Deacon & Protomartyr: Missa “Sederunt principes” Station for today’s Mass is at St. Stephen’s Church on the Cœlian Hill in Rome. The Jewish origin of Saint Stephen is universally acknowledged; he is known and loved everywhere as the first follower of Christ to give to his martyred God love for love, blood for…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Advent Ember Friday

Feria VI Quattuor Temporum in Adventu: Missa “Prope es tu, Dómine“ Today is Ember Friday in Advent. Total Fast and Abstinence is required on all Ember Fridays. This enables us to prepare better for the coming of the Lord one week from tonight. The Collecta is at St. Mark’s. Station at the Church of the Twelve…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Advent Ember Wednesday

Feria Quarta Quattuor Temporum Adventus: Missa “Roráte, Cœlí“ On the Wednesday of Ember Week in Advent, the Mystery of the Annunciation is commemorated by many Churches. The Mass is sung early in the morning. That Mass is sometimes called the Golden Mass, Roráte Mass or Messias Mass. On that occasion the Church is illuminated as a…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Tryphon & Companion Martyrs

St Tryphon, with Respicius and Nympha, Martyrs: Missa “Clamaverunt” In the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia, Italy, are enshrined the relicks of the three Martyrs commemorated on November 10. About the year 250, during the reign of the Emperor Decius, one Tryphon strove by preaching the Faith of Jesus Christ to bring all men…