MASS THIS SUNDAY (June 24, 2018)

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Sprinkling Rite:   Asperges me  (567)

Order of Mass:  Missalette or Campion Missal (569)

Proper Prayers and Readings  (465) – online here, leaflet here

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei - Mass XI Orbis Factor (727)

Preface of the Holy Trinity (Campion 598 or missalette)
Final Marian Antiphon:  Salve Regina – from Trinity Sunday until Advent

     (online here, Campion Missal 961, Angelus Missal 116, Baronius Missal 121)

8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville  (last TLM in Madisonville)

5 pm, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga


Note:  The last 8 am Sunday Latin Mass in Madisonville will be on June 24. Beginning on

July 1 and continuing each Sunday thereafter, this 8 am Sunday Latin Mass will be celebrated by Fr. John Orr at St. Mary Church in Athens.


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (July 1, 2018)
The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens  (first TLM in Athens)

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City



Amen I say to you, there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11)

And so John the Baptist’s is one of the only three birthdays celebrated by feasts designated on the Church calendar:  The Nativity of Our Lord (December 25), The Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24), and The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8).


During the offertory of today’s Mass we’ll hear the 8th century Divine Office hymn Ut queant laxis. Its first part is the Vespers hymn for the Nativity of John the Baptist, and is famous in musical history as the original source of the familiar musical scale do(ut)-re-mi-fa-sol-la-si (with do  replacing ut in modern usage).  The first stanza is



Ut queant laxis
resonare fibris
Mira gestorum
famuli tuorum,
Solve polluti
labii reatum,
Sancte Iohannes.

    Translation:  So that your servants may, with loosened voices, resound the wonders of your deeds,

                               clean the guilt from our stained lips, O Saint John.




Isn’t this repetition redundant, perhaps even a waste of time, since people can follow the readings in English in their hand missals or propers leaflets while the priest is chanting them in Latin? Well, no. . . . Because they’re two different things, with quite different purposes:


o  The priest’s chant at the altar of sacrifice is addressed to God in worship and adoration, whereas

o  His reading in the pulpit is addressed to the people for their elucidation and instruction.


As Peter Kwasniewski explains in a recent New Liturgical Movement article (here):


A major difference between the theology of the classical Roman Rite and that of Paul VI’s modern rite is the difference in how lections are understood. The lections at Mass are not merely instructional or didactic. They are an integral part of the seamless act of worship offered to God in the Holy Sacrifice. The clergy chant the divine words in the presence of their Author as part of the logike latreia, the rational worship, we owe to our Creator and Redeemer. These words are a making-present of the covenant with God, an enactment of their meaning in the sacramental context for which they were intended, a grateful and humble recitation in the sight of God of the truths He has spoken and the good things He has promised (in keeping with Scripture’s manner of praying to God: “Remember, Lord, the promises you have spoken!”), and a form of verbal incense by which we raise our hands to His commandments.



It is therefore not the same experience to give or to hear readings in Latin and to give or to hear them in English; for the one vehicle is universal, tied down to no particular people or nation or age, redolent of the ages of faith, suited to the sacred ambiance of the church, while the other, whatever its merits, has not the same qualities.

The priest offers God His own words

facing the altar where he offers Sacrifice


The chanted Latin lection is an expression of adoring love directed to God before it is a communication of knowledge to the people, and the form in which it is done should reflect this primacy. In the ancient liturgy, always and everywhere God enjoys primacy. Nothing is done “simply” for the people. Holy Communion, which is clearly for the benefit of the people, is treated with adoration, reverence, care, and attentive love, being distributed exclusively by the anointed hands of the ordained, on the tongues of the kneeling faithful, with a paten held underneath, and, perhaps, a houseling cloth. All eyes are thus fixed on the Eucharistic Lord, giving Him the primacy that is His due. It should be no different with the utterance of the divine words, in which we find a symbolic incarnation of the Word of God which nourishes our souls in preparation for the divine banquet of the Most Holy Sacrament.



From the organizers of this monumental Mass, the Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy:


We are presenting to you (here) some collections of the still photography of Matthew Barrick from the Pontifical Mass celebrated on April 28 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Scroll down for the collages in a bullet list. 


Matt's photos provide stunning views of the Mass from his several cameras, including remotes, in the setting of the Shrine's expansive scale and High Altar, like no other.  We've packaged the stills in selected themes to highlight various aspects of the Sacred Liturgy.  Many of these would otherwise remain unseen, certainly from Matt's perspective, even to those at the Mass.  For each collage, we have included texts from authors such as Benedict XVI, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Romano Guardini, and Fr. Nicholas Gihr to deepen our appreciation for the richness of the ceremony and artistry that express our worship of God. 


Some samples from the six collage collections:



“It has clearly been demonstrated that young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them.”

(Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum)




“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.”

(Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Bishops of the World)





The Motu Proprio [Summorum Pontificum] manifests his solicitude as Vicar of Christ and Supreme Pastor of the Universal Church, and has the aim of: a) offering to all the faithful the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior, considered as a precious treasure to be preserved; b) effectively guaranteeing and ensuring the use of the forma extraordinaria for all who ask for it, given that the use of the 1962 Roman Liturgy is a faculty generously granted for the good of the faithful and therefore is to be interpreted in a sense favourable to the faithful who are its principal addressees; c) promoting reconciliation at the heart of the Church.

(Instruction Universae Ecclesiae, Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei)




“Already Pope Innocent I. (402-417) [wrote] ‘Who does not know that what has been handed down by Peter, the Prince of the Apos­tles, to the Roman Church is still observed unto this day, and must be observed by all?’ . . . Thus has the Church in the course of time set the jewel of the Holy Sacrifice in the most magnificent manner with heavenly wisdom and skill for the praise of God and the edification of the faithful, by surrounding it with precious decorations of holy prayers, hymns, lessons and ceremonies. She has enveloped the celebration of the adorable Sacrifice in a mystic veil, in order to fill the hearts and minds of the faithful with religious awe and profound reverence, and to urge them to earnest, pious contemplation and meditation.”

(Fr. Nicholas Gihr, The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)




What is needed here is personal preparation for Holy Mass. This requires … that fundamental, vital attitude absolutely necessary to transform a collection of individuals into a congregation, and a restless crowd into a holy people in the sight of God. Only from such central preparedness can the gaze lifted to the altar grow inwardly quiet and receptive to holiness; only then can hearing and speaking in church differ from the give and take of words in the street, the home, or office.”

(Romano Guardini, Preparing Yourself for Mass)





“The Ceremonies of the Mass lead to the order, beauty, and adornment of divine worship. They are outward forms of worship, the outcome of an interior emotion, expressions of religious thought and sentiments. “They who pray, bend the knee, raise the hands or prostrate themselves to the ground, thereby expressing outwardly what they feel inwardly. Their invisible will and the intention of their hearts are indeed known to God. Although their interior sentiments need not be made known to Him by such signs, by their means we are to pray and sigh more humbly and more ardently.” (St. Augustine) Ceremonies signify the mysteries of Christian faith and life: mixing the water and wine, washing the hands at the Offertory, placing the hands over the oblation before the Consecration, the breaking of the Host and dropping a small Particle into the chalice, the frequent Signing of the Cross.”

(Fr. Nicholas Gihr, The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass)




The Holy Ghost women’s group will host a brunch downstairs after the 12 noon Mass next Sunday, July 1. Assistance from any interested Latin Mass community members is welcome, and those who can bring potluck dishes may leave them in the kitchen downstairs before Mass. All who attend the Latin Mass are invited to proceed downstairs afterwards for refreshment and camaraderie. The women’s group contact person for any questions is Mary Wilson (



Knoxville Latin Mass Community (KLMC) expenses in support of Latin liturgy typically average several hundred dollars weekly. This includes a regular KLMC contribution of $200 per week to Holy Ghost Church to support the Latin Mass (and specifically our exemplary sacred music program), plus additional expenses for purchase of vestments, Latin Mass materials, stipends for visiting priests, and special occasions.


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