Station Friday after Ash Wednesday: Statio ad Ss Ioannem et Paulum

Statio ad Ss Ioannem et Paulum Let Thy gracious kindness, Lord, accompany the fast we have begun. Strengthen us, we pray Thee, so that our bodily penance may also be a truly spiritual exercise: through Our Lord… Passing under the arches which stretch over the Clivio Scauri we come around the side of this ancient…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Thursday after Ash Wednesday; Commemoration of St Simeon of Jerusalem: Missa “Dum clamarem” Today’s station – Surrounded by the ruins of the empire that put its patron to death, the humble church of St. George in the Velabrum is a continuing reminder of the faith and sacrifice of that great saint.. The station at St….

Station Ash Wednesday: Statio ad St Sabinam

Grant, O Lord, that Your faithful people may, with true piety, undertake the time-honored custom of fasting and may carry it out with unwavering devotion. through Our Lord… There is a centuries-old Roman tradition of celebrating Mass at what are known as Lenten station or stational churches. The practice of station churches had its origins…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Wulstan of Worcester

St Wulstan, Bishop [Worcester] & Confessor; Commemoration of the Martyrs, Marus, Martha, Audifax and Abachum and St Canute King and Martyr: Missa “Sacerdotes tui“ Wulstan was the son of Athelstan and Wulfgeva. Even during his youth his piety had been noted, and he went on to study at the monasteries of Evesham and Peterborough. Once he…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; S. Peter’s Chair at Rome

S. Peter’s Chair at Rome; Commemoration of St Prisca, Virgin Martyr; beginning of the Octave of Christian Unity: Missa “Státuit ei Dóminus” Eleven years after the Ascension of our Blessed Lord, Saint Peter who had been appointed the head of the Church on earth by Christ Himself, transferred the seat of the Papacy from Antioch to Rome,…

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

St Cecilia, Virgin Martyr; Com. Sunday XXIV & Ultimate Post Pentecost: 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 been brought…

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; 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…