Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

St Cecilia, Virgin Martyr; Com. Octave of St Edmund, King & Martyr: Missa “Loquébar de testimóniis” It is believed that St. Cecilia was born in the 2nd or 3rd century A.D., although the dates of her birth and martyrdom are unknown. Tradition tells us that Cecilia was a Roman girl of a patrician family who had…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour

Feast of the Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Saviour – the Lateran; Commemoration of St Theodore the Recruit, Martyr: Missa “Terribilis est” As one of the four principle basilicas of Rome and one of the seven pilgrim churches, Rome’s Cathedral of St. John, the Basilica of Our Divine Savior is dedicated to both St. John…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. John of Beverley

St John of Beverley, Bishop Confessor, Com. SS Chrysanthus & Daria, Martyrs: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” John was one of the leaders of the Northumbrian Church following the conversion of the North to Christianity in the 620s and 630s. According to later tradition he was born at Harpham near Driffield, and he was certainly Bishop of Hexham…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Wilfrid of York, Apostle of the South Saxons

St Wilfrid of York, Apostle to the South Saxons, Co-Patron of the Sussex Mission: Missa “Sacerdotes tui” Wilfrid was born in Northumbria in 634. He was educated in the Celtic tradition by Monks in the monastery on Lindisfarne (called Holy Island today) a small island off the Northumberland coast. As a young man, Wilfrid went to Rome with…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Januarius, Bishop & Companion Martyrs

Feast of Januarius, Bishop and Companion Martyrs: Missa “Salus autem“ St. Januarius and companion martyrs were martyred during the persecution under Diocletian. St. Januarius, patron of the city of Naples and bishop of Beneventum, was beheaded with his deacons and some others. In the great church at Naples are preserved some of the blood of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; SS Cyriacus, Largus & Smaragdus, Martyrs

SS Cyriacus, Largus & Smaragdus, Martyrs: Missa “Timéte Dóminum” ST. CYRIACUS was a holy deacon at Rome, under the popes Marcellinus and Marcellus. In the persecution of Diocletian, in 303, he was crowned with a glorious martyrdom in that city. With him suffered also Largus and Smaragdus, and twenty others, among whom are named Crescentianus, Sergius, Secondus,…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Our Lady of the Snows

Our Lady of the Snows: Missa “Salve, sancta parens” On August 5 the anniversary of the miraculous snow fall, the Feast of Our Lady of Snows is celebrated at the basilica of her name, St Mary Major on the Esquiline Hill in Rome.  During this celebration hundreds of white blossoms are showered from the dome of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Confessor

Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church; commemoration of Pope St. Stephen I, Martyr: Missa “Spíritus Dómini” St. Alphonsus was born of noble parents near Naples, Italy, in 1696, and died in 1787. In the midst of many evils he appeared with a three-fold mission as Doctor, Bishop, and founder of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Jerome Emilliani, Confessor

Feast of St. Jerome Emilliani, Confessor commemoration of St Margaret of Antioch: Missa “Effúsum is” A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town and chained in a dungeon. In prison Jerome had a lot of time to think, and he gradually learned how to…