Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria VI of Low Sunday

Feria VI of Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Since Ash Wednesday little attention has been accorded to saints’ feast days. The Church was too busy with her children’s baptismal renewal. Now, however, after the octave of Easter, the saints come into prominence again. The martyrs in particular find high favour and honour liturgically during the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria V of Low Sunday

Feria V of Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Since Ash Wednesday little attention has been accorded to saints’ feast days. The Church was too busy with her children’s baptismal renewal. Now, however, after the octave of Easter, the saints come into prominence again. The martyrs in particular find high favour and honour liturgically during the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Feria II of Low Sunday

Feria II of Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” In certain parishes Low Sunday is First Holy Communion Day. There is, however, no foundation for this custom in the liturgy. In the ancient Church the catechumens received three sacraments during the Easter vigil service, viz, Baptism, Confirmation and Communion. For this celebration they wore the white…

Carissimi; Sunday’s Mass: Low Sunday

Dominica in Albis: Missa “Quasi modo” Station at the Church of St. Pancras in Rome. Low Sunday, so called in order to emphasize the contrast between the great Easter solemnity and the Sunday which ends the Octave, is also known as Quasimodo, from the first words of the Introit. (Not the hunchback of Notre Dame!) In…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday: Missa “Edúxit Dóminus” The conclusion today of the baptismal celebrations calls the neophytes together again in the Lateran Basilica beside the font in which on Easter Eve they were born to newness of life. Today’s stational liturgy seems to be influenced more than ever by the thought of purity and innocence, like a loving…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Friday

Easter Friday: Missa “Edúxit eos Dóminus” In the Seventh Century the Roman Pantheon was dedicated to St. Mary and the heroic sons of the Roman Church, who had suffered martyrdom. The martyrs indeed seem to have a particular right to the glory of the Resurrection on account of their perfect resemblance to Christ crucified; and many…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Thursday

Easter Thursday: Missa “Victricem” Station at the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome. Under the high altar of this church are preserved the relics of the Apostles Philip and James only; the stational feast is celebrated in honor of all the Apostles together. The Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles deals with the conversion…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Wednesday

Easter Wednesday: Missa “Venite, benedicti” Station at the St. Laurence-Without-the-Walls. Today we honor St. Lawrence, the Cross-bearer of the Roman Church, to express our gratitude for the favor shown by him to the catechumens in bringing them to holy Baptism. The Gospel gives the account of the third appearance of the risen Savior to the Apostles….

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Tuesday

Easter Tuesday: Missa “Aqua sapiéntiæ potávit” Station at the St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. After visiting St. Peter‘s, it was fitting that the neophytes should at once be brought to the Doctor of the Gentiles, beside whose tomb they had learned the first rudiments of the new law of the Gospel. Therefore in the Lesson from the Acts of the…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Easter Monday

Easter Monday: Missa “Introduxit vos Dominus” Station at the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome. This Octave is entirely consecrated to the neophytes. The week was for them a continual feast, a spiritual feast; and they kept their white baptismal garments, which were not laid aside until the following Sunday (in albis deponendis). The Masses of…

Station Passiontide Friday I: Statio ad St Stephanum in Caelio Monte

Graciously pour forth Your grace into our hearts, we beseech You, O Lord, that, keeping our sinful inclinations under control by self-denial, we may suffer for a brief while rather than be condemned to everlasting punishment. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord… The Station, at Rome, is in the church of St. Stephen on…