MASS THIS SUNDAY April 5, 2020)

Palm Sunday (2nd Sunday of Passiontide)

Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here

          (Angelus 464, Baronius 489, Campion 141)

Ordinary:  Kyrie, (no Gloria) Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

Preface of the Holy Cross (Angelus 871, Baronius 880, Campion 686)


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (April 12, 2020)
Easter Sunday

The Solemnity of Solemnities



Bishop Richard F. Stika has directed that the public celebration of Masses in the Diocese of Knoxville cease until concerns over the spread of the coronavirus subside.




UPDATE   The internet is now awash with traditional Latin Masses live-streamed from numerous locations in the U.S. and abroad. Click here for an extensive listing.


NOTE   It’s simple to project live streamed liturgy from a laptop computer to a TV set for family viewing. All you need is an HDMI cable to connect the two. Plug in each end wherever it fits and use the source button on your TV controller to select the input from the computer.


Lacking a Latin-English hand missal at home, you can follow the prayers of Holy Mass at the Divinum Officium site (here). Scroll down to the bottom and select the Rubrics 1960 setting.


NEW     Click here for an excellent new article by an FSSP priest on Spiritual Communion

            and the Fruits of the Mass.


NEW     Click here for a Spiritual Communion and Confession Guide including

            Acts of Spiritual Communion and Perfect Contrition.


Guide to Praying the Traditional Mass at Home


From a OnePeterFive article by Peter Kwasniewski (here):


               Praying the TLM (Shorter Method)                 Praying the TLM (Longer Method)


Note: These handy guides include all you need, except for the particular day’s proper    prayers and readings. Absent your own traditional hand missal, you can click here to see all the texts—both ordinary (fixed) and proper (variable)—of each day’s whole Mass laid out in order. For a Sunday Mass or special feast, the propers alone are conveniently available HERE.


Entry of Christ into Jerusalem (Giotto, c. 1305)




Provided for private devotion in home or family, either with an online EF Mass or otherwise. Compare the translations below with those in a personal hand missal (e.g., Angelus 464, Baronius 489, Campion 141).



Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui humáno generi, ad imitandum humilitátis exémplum, Salvatórem nostrum carnem súmere et crucem subíre fecísti: concéde propítius; ut et patiéntiæ ipsíus habére documénta et resurrectiónis consórtia mereámur.

Almighty, eternal God, Who, to provide mankind an example of humility for it to imitate, willed that the Savior should assume our flesh and suffer death upon the Cross, mercifully grant that we may be found worthy of the lesson of His endurance and the fellowship of His resurrection.


The heart of our Faith encapsulated in a single collect!


Epistle  Philippians 2: 5-11


Passion Gospel  Matthew 26: 36-75; 27: 1-60



Concéde, quǽsumus, Dómine: ut oculis tuæ maiestátis munus oblátum, et grátiam nobis devotionis obtineat, et efféctum beátæ perennitátis acquírat.

Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that the oblation offered in the sight of Your majesty may obtain for us the grace of reverent devotion and assure us eternal happiness.


Preface of the Holy Cross

. . . . . Qui salutem humani generis in ligno cru-cis constituisti : ut unde mors oriebatur, inde vita resurgeret : et qui in ligno vincebat, in ligno quoque vinceretur. . . . . .

. . . . . Who didst set the salvation of mankind upon the tree of the cross : so that whence came death, thence also life might rise again : and he that overcame by the tree, on the tree also might be overcome. . . . . .



Per huius, Dómine, operatiónem mystérii: et vitia nostra purgéntur, et iusta desidéria compleántur.

By the working of this sacred rite, O Lord, may our sins be erased and our just desires fulfilled.


The Kiss of Judas (Giotto, 1306)




Most Catholics know that something drastic happened to the normative Roman Catholic liturgy in the decade following the Second Vatican Council of the early 1960s. But many don’t know that it all started well before Vatican II. In 1955 the ancient rites of Holy Week (from Palm Sunday through the Easter Vigil) were severely pruned and simplified—much to their detriment, some say.


But now the Vatican has authorized the optional celebration of Holy Week services using the pre-1955 ritual. Many older (circa 1945) Latin-English hand missals—e.g., the highly regarded St. Andrew and Fr. Lasance daily missals—are still in use, and a new 3rd edition of the St. Edmund Campion Missal in preparation will include both the pre- and post-1955 services for Holy Week.


Last year many traditional Mass communities throughout the U.S. celebrated Holy Week with these most ancient and long hallowed rites. Dr. Peter Kwasniewski wrote (HERE) of his experience at an oratory of the traditional Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest:


I knew that the Holy Week liturgies, rich with symbolism and ceremonial, had been heavily altered by Pope Pius XII in the early 1950s. . . . . As more and more resources became available, and I saw more photos each year, and read of new places adopting the old old form, my desire to participate in the authentic Roman liturgy of Holy Week grew and grew.


What a difference it makes. While I had read all about the pre-1955 Holy Week, never was it more deeply true that no amount of reading can substitute for experience, for the encounter with the reality. . . . . I had expected to be impressed; I was blown away. I had expected to be bewildered; I was dazzled and provoked. I had expected to see the Roman Rite in its pre-modern richness; I saw a revelation of glory.


The Palm Sunday liturgy left me speechless with wonder at its richness . . . . The Missa Sicca or ‘dry Mass’ at the beginning, with an Epistle, Gradual, and Gospel, then a Preface leading into the blessing of the palms — all of this, mind you, prior to the procession with palms, the entrance after knocking at the doors, and the Mass of the day, with the chanting of the Passion according to St. Matthew — was the most perfect exemplification of the Catholic principle of sacramentality I have ever seen. Here is the Preface:


It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that we should always and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God, Who dost glory in the assembly of Thy Saints. For Thy creatures serve Thee, because they acknowledge Thee as their only Creator and God; and Thy whole creation praiseth Thee, and Thy Saints bless Thee. For with free voice they confess that great Name of Thine only-begotten Son before the kings and powers of this world. Around whom the Angels and Archangels, the Thrones and Dominions stand; and with all the host of the heavenly army, sing the hymn of Thy glory, saying without ceasing: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts …


The Blessing of Palms


“The first prayer of blessing after the Preface has an astonishing rhetorical kinship with Eucharistic consecration:


We beseech Thee, O holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and hallow this creature of the olive tree, which Thou didst cause to shoot out of the substance of the wood, and which the dove when returning to the ark brought in its mouth: that whosoever shall receive it may find protection of soul and body; and that it may be to us, O Lord, a saving remedy and a sacrament of Thy grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth


Knocking at the Door


There are no texts anywhere in the Roman tradition that convey the idea of sanctified creation better than the ones in the old Palm Sunday liturgy. The third prayer of blessing underlines the mystical significance of what the ancient Hebrews did and what we are now doing:


O God, who, by the wonderful order of Thy disposition, hast been pleased to manifest the dispensation of our salvation even from things insensible: grant, we beseech Thee, that the devout hearts of Thy faithful may understand to their benefit what is mystically signified by the fact that on this day the multitude, taught by a heavenly illumination, went forth to meet their Redeemer, and strewed branches of palms and olive at His feet. The branches of palms, therefore, represent His triumphs over the prince of death; and the branches of olive proclaim, in a manner, the coming of a spiritual unction. For that pious multitude understood that these things were then prefigured; that our Redeemer, compassionating human miseries, was about to fight with the prince of death for the life of the whole world, and, by dying, to triumph. For which cause they dutifully ministered such things as signified in Him the triumphs of victory and the richness of mercy. And we also, with full faith, retaining this as done and signified, humbly beseech Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, that in Him and through Him, whose members Thou hast been pleased to make us, we may become victorious over the empire of death, and may deserve to be partakers of His glorious Resurrection. Who liveth and reigneth


ITALIAN TRADITIONAL PRIEST SAYS … Stop whining about the cancellation of public Masses. Your priests are offering the Holy Sacrifice in persona Christi for you in their private Masses.

5-minute video, well worth the time to watch in full.


Even though public Masses have been suspended at the present time, parishes continue to operate, serving their communities.  They still have facilities to maintain, staff to pay, and ministries to provide.  They have mortgages, utility bills, and operational expenses.  As you might expect, with no public Masses, regular offertory for many parishes will take a significant hit.  With the vitality of the parish depending on its offertory collection, it's important that we continue to support our parishes now more than ever.


There is a safe, secure and easy way to continue to support your local parish by making your offertory commitment online.  You can support your parish online by accessing your parish’s website directly or connecting through a secure link provided hereYou can make a one-time gift or set up a regular ongoing donation.  In either case, rest assured that all proceeds will go directly to your parish just as your regular offertory envelope or a gift in the offertory basket would.


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