Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Annunciation of the BVM

In Annuntiatione Beate Mariæ Virgine (holyday of obligation): Missa “Vultum Tuum“ This feast, prepared by that of St. Gabriel, recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of our Lord (Gospel) in the womb of a Virgin (Epistle). On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to itself for ever the humanity of…

Station Sunday Lent III: Statio ad St Laurentium extra muros

Humbling ourselves before Thee, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, favorably to regard the desires of our heart: and in our defense to stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty. Through Our Lord… The Station for the Third Sunday in Lent is at St. Laurence-without-the-Walls in Rome which was built by Constantine on the Tiburtine…

Station Friday Lent II: Statio ad St Vitalem

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that, with the sacred fast to purify us, Thou mayest cause us to come with sincere minds to the holy things that are before us: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the church of St. Vitalis, martyr, the father of the two illustrious Milanese martyrs,…

Station Thursday Lent II: Statio ad St Mariam trans Tibernim

Grant us, we beseech Thee, Lord, the help of Thy grace, so that we who are duly intent on fasting and prayer may be delivered from enemies of soul and body: through Our Lord… The Station for today is in the celebrated basilica, St. Mary‘s across the Tiber. It was consecrated in the third century,…

Station Wednesday Lent II: Statio ad St Caeciliam

Look upon Thy people with favor, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that they whom Thou dost command to abstain from food may also cease from baneful vices. Through Jesus Christ our Lord… The Station is at the church of St. Cecelia where the Saint lived and was martyred and where her body now…

Station Tuesday Lent II: Statio ad St Balbinam

Perfect in us the help we obtain from this holy observance, we pray Thee, good Lord, so that by Thy doing we may fulfil the duty Thy authority reveals to us: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Balbina‘s, virgin and martyr (130), the daughter of the tribune and martyr, St. Quirinus. The…

Station Monday Lent II: Statio ad St Clementem

Grant, we pray Thee, Almighty God, that Thy servants, who afflict their bodies by fasting may also abstain from sin and follow after justice: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Clement’s. The oldest level is thought to be the titulus Clementis, one of the first parish churches in Rome, and probably belonged…

Station Friday Lent I: Statio ad Ss Duodecim Apostolos

Be merciful to Thy people Lord, and, in Thy pity, comfort with kind help those whom Thou makest loyal to Thee: through Our Lord… Today’s station is at the Church of the Twelve Apostles. Traditionally, this is the place where the Romans choose their candidates for priesthood (Rite of Election). It was erected by Julius…

Station Ember Wednesday Lent I: Statio ad St Maria Majorem

In mercy heed our prayers, we beg Thee, O Lord; and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty against all that is hostile to us: through Our Lord… Today’s Station is at St. Mary Major. The spring Ember Week consecrated the new season to God and by prayer and fasting sought to obtain abundant…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Tuesday Lent I

Tuesday Lent I; Commemoration of St Gregory Dialogus “The Great”: Missa “Dómine, refúgium” Collecta at St. Nicholas in Carcere. Station at St. Anastasia. In the Middle Ages the church of St. Nicholas was one of the most central and important of the Roman churches. The funeral ceremony of Urban II was held here; the name in…

Station Tuesday Lent I: Statio ad St Anastasiam

Look favourably, Lord, upon Thy household, and grant that our mind being chastened by mortification of the body, may glow in Thy sight with desire of Thee: through Our Lord… At Rome, the Station is in the church of St. Anastasia, where, formerly, the Mass of the Aurora on Christmas Day was celebrated. The first…

Station Monday Lent I: Statio ad St Petrum in Vincula

O God our Saviour, grant us a change of heart and form our minds by heavenly instruction, so that we may profit by our Lenten fast: through Our Lord… The Station today is at St. Peter in Chains. The church was one of the tituli, Rome’s first parish churches, known as the Titulus Eudoxiae or the Eudoxiana. It was built over…