MASS THIS SUNDAY (September 20, 2020)

16th Sunday after Pentecost

Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here

     (Angelus 771, Baronius 820, Campion 377)

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

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

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

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

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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (September 27, 2020)

17th 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 771, Baronius 820, Campion 377)



Tua nos, quǽsumus, Dómine, grátia semper et prævéniat et sequátur: ac bonis opéribus iúgiter præstet esse inténtos.

May thy grace, O Lord, we beseech thee, ever go before us, and follow us, and make us continually intent upon good works.


Epistle    Ephesians 3: 13-21


Gospel    Luke 14: 1-11




Munda nos, quǽsumus, Dómine, sacrifícii præséntis efféctu: et pérfice miserátus in nobis; ut eius mereámur esse partícipes.

Cleanse us, O Lord, we beseech thee, by the virtue of this sacrifice : and, in thy mercy make us worthy to participate therein.



Purífica, quǽsumus, Dómine, mentes nostras benígnus, et rénova cœléstibus sacraméntis: ut consequénter et córporum præsens páriter et futúrum capiámus auxílium.

In thy mercy, O Lord, we beseech thee purify our souls and renew them by thy heavenly sacraments, that our bodies may receive help there from now and in time to come.



September 23    Ember Wednesday


September 25    Ember Friday


September 26    Ember Saturday




Ember Days are three weekdays (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) traditionally set apart for fasting, abstinence and prayer. There are four “Ember weeks” each year—one near the beginning of each of the four seasons.


Tied to the seasonal cycles of farming and harvesting, the purpose of Ember Days is to render thanks to God for the gifts of Creation and to ask His help in using them well. Since 1966, the fasting and abstinence are no longer prescribed, but are still encouraged and are observed by many traditional Catholics.


A painting of the September Ember Days by Abel Grimmer (1607)


The fall Ember Days are the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of the liturgical week beginning with the third Sunday of September. The Ember day Masses are very ancient in origin. They are distinguished liturgically by additional readings at Mass.


For instance, take a look at this coming Ember Saturday in your daily missal (Angelus 785, Baronius 835) and you’ll see that the usual Epistle and Gospel of the Mass may be preceded by as many as five Old Testament lessons. Moreover, each of these OT readings is followed by its own Gradual (psalm) and Collect.


The September Ember Day lessons focus on the Old Covenant’s Day of Atonement and the fast of the seventh month, but start off with this prophecy from Amos 9:13-15, evocative of the autumn harvest:


Behold the days come, when the ploughman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed, and the mountains shall drop sweetness, and every hill shall be tilled. And I will bring back the captivity of My people Israel, and they shall build the abandoned cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine of them; and shall make gardens and eat the fruits of them; and I will plant them upon their land: and I will no more pluck them out of their land which I have given them; saith the Lord thy God.





From the Mass of ordination in the church of San Gaetano in Florence, Italy for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, celebrated by Cardinal Raymond Burke with Bishop Athanasius Schneider in attendance:


Click each photo for enlargement.


Newly ordained subdeacon Abbe Christian Juneau (front left)


Abbe Juneau is front row, third from the left (gospel side); at center are Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Cardinal Raymond Burke.


See whether you can spot the then-younger Juneau as altar server in the photos below from Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville.


Fourth Sunday after Easter, 2008 (more photos here)


Feast of the Assumption of the BVM, 2009 (more photos here)


Feast of Christ the King, 2009 (more photos here)



Prayer of the Crusade of Reparation

to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus


Go to  Who among us is too busy to commit 8 or 10 minutes daily to recitation of this Prayer of Reparation for the sins against the Blessed Sacrament that are so widespread today? For handy reference, it will remain linked on the home page at


A special issue of The Latin Mass magazine devoted to Bishop Schneider’s profound and beautiful call for a crusade of reparation for sins against the Blessed Sacrament. Read it here.


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