MASS THIS SUNDAY (May 28, 2017)
Sunday after the Ascension

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Asperges Rite:   Vidi aquam  (566)

Order of Mass:  Missalette or Campion Missal (569)

Proper Prayers and Readings  (Campion 292 or propers leaflet)

Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei:  Mass I – Lux et erigo (696)

Preface of the Ascension (Campion 688 or propers leaflet)

Final Marian Antiphon:  Regina Caeli  (954)

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (June 4, 2017)

Pentecost Sunday

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City



The Ascension of Our Lord

Low Mass at the St. Mary side altar

6 pm, St. Mary Church, Oak Ridge (directions here)





Perhaps no rite of the Church is more distinctly Roman Catholic than the Mass for the Dead, nor differs in tone and ethos more from its typical vernacular funeral Mass counterpart.  Whereas the typical funeral service serves more to comfort the bereaved and memorialize the life of the departed, the Requiem Mass explicitly offers sacrifice for the repose of his or her soul. This altogether different emphasis of the traditional Mass for the Dead is evoked by its Offertory chant:


O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of Hell and from the deep pit: deliver them from the mouth of the lion, that Hell may not swallow them up, and they may not fall into darkness; but may the holy standard-bearer Michael bring them into the holy light: * Which Thou didst promise of old to Abraham and to his posterity. 

We offer Thee, O Lord a sacrifice of praise and prayers; do Thou receive them in behalf of those souls whom we commemorate this day: grant them, O Lord, to pass from death to the life * which Thou didst promise of old to Abraham and to his posterity.




And no chant of the Church is more evocative than that most celebrated of them all, the great Dies Irae sequence that precedes the Gospel in the Mass for the Dead:


Dies irae, dies illa,
solvet saeculum in favilla,

. . . . . .

Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando iudex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!

. . . . . .

Iudex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet apparebit:
nil inultum remanebit.

. . . . . .

Rex tremendae maiestatis,
qui salvandos salvas gratis,
salva me, fons pietatis.

. . . . . .

Iuste iudex ultionis,
donum fac remissionis,
ante diem rationis.

. . . . . .

Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla.
iudicandus homo reus:
huic ergo parce Deus.

That day of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,

. . . . . .

What horror must invade the mind
when the approaching Judge shall find
and sift the deeds of all mankind!

. . . . . .

For now before the Judge severe
all hidden things must plain appear;
no crime can pass unpunished here.

. . . . . .

O King of dreadful majesty!
grace and mercy You grant free;
as Fount of Kindness, save me!

. . . . . .

O Judge of justice, hear, I pray,
for pity take my sins away
before the dreadful reckoning day.

. . . . . .

Full of tears and full of dread
is that day that wakes the dead,
calling all, with solemn blast
to be judged for all their past.



Released May 12 and already headed to the top of the music charts as an Amazon “best seller”­—from priests singing at the U.S. seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)—is a new album including all the ancient Gregorian chants for the Requiem Mass for the Dead (e.g., p. 551 ff. in the Campion Missal). From its major-label (Sony Classical) web site (here):


Be transported throughout ancient history to all regions of the world with this beautiful and unique presentation of The Requiem. . . . The original sounds of the Requiem, or the Mass for the Dead, were heard via the plainsong melodies of Gregorian chant, voiced by devout European monks nameless to us today.


The Fraternity [a name which among its priests and devotees is a shortened form for The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter] – an international community of young [traditional Latin Mass] priests that includes some of today’s most skilled and committed singers of Gregorian chant – presents these ancient melodies anew. Requiem, the debut major-label release by The Fraternity, was recorded by two of the top talents working in classical music today. . . 


[Multiple Grammy Award-winning producer] Christopher Alder, who has worked with some of the greatest classical singers of the past 30 years, echoes this idea that the words and melodies of the Requiem chant are deep inside the members of The Fraternity. “They know this material intimately, as it rolls out of them as if it were poetry that one has recited countless times. They know it by heart, in every sense of the term because the text is being simultaneously believed and sung at the highest level.”


 Fr. Garrick Huang, co-music director of The Fraternity and a singer on Requiem, reflected on the roots of Gregorian chant, saying: “The style of chant that we sing go all the way back to ancient Rome, but it even has its sources, as certain people believe, in Jerusalem, with certain melodies Middle Eastern in origin.”




From The Fraternity itself, in the Requiem booklet:



GREGORIAN CHANT, along with being an exceptional mystical art form, is composed for prayer because it was composed in prayer.  For this recording, we have chosen the ancient Gregorian chant repertoire for the Mass and Burial of the Dead, commonly known as the Requiem. The reality of death is so vivid to human experience, and the Requiem reflects that reality. While eliciting sentiments of sadness that naturally come with mourning, it all the more inspires hope. The calmness of the chant reveals a spirit of rest or repose, which is what the very word requiem means. This recording will enable the listener to experience a form of the Requiem as it has been prayed throughout the world for centuries – right up to the present time.  We invite you to follow along with the text in the CD booklet as you listen. For us, we are grateful for this is opportunity to share what we do as priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and we hope its beauty does well to express the deepest longings of the human heart in search of God.


The following 6-minute video (click here) chronicles the inception and development of this uniquely inspiring album and is as beautiful as it is informative (about both the Requiem and the Fraternity):



See also the following 14-minute EWTN feature (click here):




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 outstanding sacred music program), plus additional expenses (e.g., stipends for visiting priests and special occasions) of several hundred dollars monthly. These expenses are covered solely by donations directly to the KLMC, separate from our individual members’ contributions to Holy Ghost Church itself via parish envelopes and cash donations in the 12 pm Sunday Mass collections.


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