Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of St Andrew the Apostle

Vigil of St Andrew, Apostle; commemoration of St Saturninus, Martyr; Missa “Dóminus secus mare Galilaeæ” Today is the last day of the liturgical year. The day preceding a festival is styled a vigil (from the Latin word signifying a night-watch) because in primitive ages the faithful passed in prayer in the church the greater part…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles

Vigil of SS Simon & Jude, Apostles; commemoration of St Evaristus, Bishop of Rome & Martyr: Missa “Mihi autem nimis” On Monday the Church celebrates the feast of SS. Simon and Jude whose names occur together in the Canon of the Mass and are also celebrated on the same day. Possibly this is because they…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Joseph Calasanctius

Feast of St. Joseph Calasanctius (Calasanz), Confessor and Religious Founder: Missa “Venite” St. Joseph Calasanctius was born in Aragon in 1556. Having become a priest it was revealed to him that he should teach the children of the poor. He founded the Order of the Poor Clerks Regular of the Pious Schools of the Mother of…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Bartholomew, Apostle

St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Mihi autem nimis“ The name “Bartholomew” appears in the New Testament only on lists of the names of the twelve apostles. This list normally is given as six pairs, and the third pair in each of the Synoptics is “Philip and Bartholomew” (Mt 10:3; Mk 3:18; Lk 6:14; but Acts 1:15)….

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St. Philip Benizi, Confessor

Feast of St. Philip Benizi, Confessor; commemoration of the Vigil of St Bartholomew, Apostle: Missa “Justus ut palma florebit“ St. Philip Benizi was born in Florence on the feast of the Assumption in 1233. He was one of the first to profess the religious life as a Servite, and became general of the Order. With his…

Carissimi: Sunday’s Mass; Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; Commemoration of the Second Sunday Post Epiphany: Missa “In nomine Jesu” Holy Mother Church reveals to us the greatness of His name. It was on the occasion of the rite of Circumcision that a name was given to children among Jews. So the Church uses the same Gospel as…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Thomas a Becket of Canterbury, Martyr

St Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr; Within the Octave of the Nativity: Missa “Gaudeámus omnes” Saint Thomas a Becket, son of an English nobleman, Gilbert Becket, was born on the day consecrated to the memory of Saint Thomas the Apostle, December 21, 1117, in Southwark, England. He was endowed by both nature and grace…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Stephen, First Martyr of the Church

St Stephen, Deacon & Protomartyr: Missa “Sederunt principes” Station for today’s Mass is at St. Stephen’s Church on the Cœlian Hill in Rome. The Jewish origin of Saint Stephen is universally acknowledged; he is known and loved everywhere as the first follower of Christ to give to his martyred God love for love, blood for…