MASS THIS SUNDAY (August 1, 2021)

10th Sunday after Pentecost

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

    Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me

Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here

     (Angelus 749, Baronius 797, Campion 352)

    Order of Mass:   Angelus 838, Baronius 900, Campion 569  

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei   (Mass XI)

Preface of the Holy Trinity (Angelus 875, Baronius 884, Campion 598)
Closing Marian Anthem:  Salve Regina – from Trinity Sunday until Advent

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


8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

11:30 am, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (August 8, 2021)

11th Sunday after Pentecost

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

11:30 am, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City





(Angelus 749, Baronius 797, Campion 352)



Deus, qui omnipoténtiam tuam parcéndo máxime et miserándo maniféstas: multíplica super nos misericórdiam tuam; ut, ad tua promíssa curréntes, cœléstium bonórum fácias esse consórtes.

O God, who dost chiefly manifest thine almighty power by showing pity and mercy : increase thy mercy towards us that, hastening after thy promises, we may be made partakers of the heavenly treasures.




Tibi, Dómine, sacrifícia dicáta reddántur: quæ sic ad honórem nóminis tui deferénda tribuísti, ut eadem remédia fíeri nostra præstáres.

May this sacrifice be consecrated to thee, O Lord, which thou dost grant us so to offer for the honour of thy name that it may be a remedy for our souls.


Epistle    1 Corinthians 12: 2-11


Gospel    Luke 18: 9-14



Quǽsumus, Dómine, Deus noster: ut, quos divínis reparáre non désinis sacraméntis, tuis non destítuas benígnus auxíliis.

We beseech You, O Lord our God, that in Your mercy You will not withhold Your help from those whom You constantly restore with divine sacraments.


The Pharisee and the Publican (James Tissot, 1886-94) of today’s Gospel



The Transfiguration of Our Lord (August 6)

The collects for special feasts are typically more eloquent and expansive than those of the Sundays after Pentecost. The Collect for this coming week’s great Feast of the Transfiguration on Friday, August 6:


Deus, qui fídei sacraménta in Unigéniti tui gloriósa Transfiguratióne patrum testimónio roborásti, et adoptiónem filiórum perféctam, voce delápsa in nube lúcida, mirabíliter præsignásti: concéde propítius; ut ipsíus Regis glóriæ nos coherédes effícias, et eiúsdem glóriæ tríbuas esse consórtes.

O God, Who in the glorious Transfiguration of Your only-begotten Son strengthened the mysteries of faith by the testimony of the fathers, and, by the voice coming down in a shining cloud, miraculously betokened the complete adoption of Your children, mercifully grant that we be made co-heirs with that King of glory, and sharers in that same glory.



The Transfiguration (Perugino, 1497-1500)

Moses and Elijah on either side of Jesus

Peter, James, and John below





The term “Tridentine Mass” traces back to 1570, when—following the Council of Trent—Pope Pius V extended to the whole Church the use of the Roman Mass as it had already been celebrated for many centuries in Rome itself. However, as Inside the Vatican editor Robert Moynihan emphasizes (here),    


One important point to note: many say, wrongly, that the old Latin Mass "dates from 1570," the year Pius V promulgated it.




The old Mass dates at least to Pope St. Gregory the Great (590-604) a thousand years(!) before Pope Pius V, and, arguably, at least in part -- and I realize details of this point are debated -- all the way back to the Apostles, and so, to Christ Himself.


In other words, the Mass that Francis has decided -- advised, I suggest, by his courtiers -- to suppress, is the Mass of the Catholic Church since the beginning.


As Fr. Adrian Fortescue wrote in his 1912 work, The Mass: A Study of the Roman Liturgy: 


There are many days still on which we say the Mass [with the very same propers and readings] that has been said for centuries, back to the days of the Gelasian and Leonine books. And when they do come, the new Masses only affect the Proper. Our [Roman] Canon is untouched, and all the scheme of the Mass. Our Missal is still that of Pius V. We may be very thankful that his Commission was so scrupulous to keep or restore the old Roman tradition. Essentially the Missal of Pius V. is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book, which depends on the Leonine collection [of Mass prayers attributed to Pope Leo I, 440-461]. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise de Sacramentis and allusions to it in the 4th century.

So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. 



Bishop Stika issues letter regarding Latin Mass in the diocese



AUDIO: Father David Carter homily on the Traditional Latin Mass



Our parish mission will take place on three consecutive nights, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, August 1 through 3. Check the parish web site (HERE) for schedule and further details.



PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH – Ad te beate Ioseph


TO thee, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. Through that charity which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which thou embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with thy power and strength to aid us in our necessities.


O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; and, as once thou rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and thy aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holy, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.  Amen.


Published in Pope Leo XIII’s 1889 encyclical on devotion to St. Joseph. But when has the Church needed more than now help in its struggle with the power of darkness and protection from the snares of the enemy?



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