Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Donatus of Arezzo, Bishop & Martyr

St Donatus, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Sacerdótes Dei” Donatus was born in Nicomedia, a city in Asia Minor. He was elected second bishop of the city of Arretium in 346A.D. Being illustrious for sanctity and miracles, as St. Gregory the Great assures us, he was apprehended by Quadratianus, the Augustalis, or imperial prefect of Tuscany, in the…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Stephen, Martyr

Pope, St Stephen, Martyr: Missa “Si diligis Me” ST. STEPHEN was by birth a Roman, and, being promoted to holy orders, was made archdeacon under the holy Popes St. Cornelius and St. Lucius. The latter? having suffered martyrdom, St. Stephen was chosen to succeed him, and was elected Pope on the 3d of May, 253. The…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Pope St Anacletus, Martyr

Pope, St Anacletus, Martyr: Missa “Si diligis Me” According to the list of Popes furnished us by St. Irenaeus, Pope Saint Anacletus is probably the same person as Pope Saint Cletus, the successor of Pope Saint Linus and the predecessor of Pope Saint Clement on the papal throne. Some say that he was banished from Rome…

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

Pope, St Pius I, Martyr: Missa “Si diligis Me” Pius, a native of Aquileia, was elected pope c. 140. He presided over the council that excommunicated Marcion in 144; Pius also combatted gnosticism. He is supposed to have been the brother of the Shepherd of Hermas and to have known Justin Martyr. Pius died c. 154…