MASS THIS SUNDAY (September 26, 2021)

18th Sunday after Pentecost

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

    Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me

Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here

    (Angelus 794, Baronius 844, Campion 385)

    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 (October 3, 2021)

Our Lady of the Rosary (external solemnity)

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





The Feast of Michaelmas will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 29 with a Latin Mass with Spanish and English preaching at 6:00 p.m. followed by a potluck, music and trivia. You can sign up for the potluck here.





The September Ember Days of prayer, fasting and thanksgiving for graces received will be observed this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (Sept. 22, 24, 25).


On Friday, September 24th there will be:


  • Vespers at 6 p.m.
  • A procession with our Relic of the True Cross at 6:30 p.m. with a chanting of a litany
  • Followed by a half-hour of adoration in reparation for sacrileges committed against Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament at Holy Ghost. The devotions will end with Benediction at 7:30 p.m.


On Saturday, September 25th there will be a Latin Ember Saturday Mass at 10 a.m., which will last until about 12 noon. The Mass has 7 chanted readings from the Old and New Testaments that recall sanctification by mortification. Click here for some unique features of this most ancient Mass.






(Angelus 794, Baronius 844, Campion 385)



Dírigat corda nostra, quǽsumus, Dómine, tuæ miseratiónis operátio: quia tibi sine te placére non póssumus.

May the operation of thy mercy direct our hearts we beseech thee, O Lord : for without thee, we are unable to please thee.


Epistle    1 Corinthians 1: 4-8


Gospel    Matthew 9: 1-8



Deus, qui nos, per huius sacrifícii veneránda commércia, uníus summæ divinitátis partícipes éfficis: præsta, quǽsumus; ut, sicut tuam cognóscimus veritátem, sic eam dignis móribus assequámur.

O God, who by thy holy intercourse with us in this sacrifice makest us partakers of the one supreme Godhead : grant, we beseech thee, that as we know thy truth, so we may attain it by a worthy life.



Grátias tibi reférimus, Dómine, sacro múnere vegetáti: tuam misericórdiam deprecántes; ut dignos nos eius participatióne perfícias.

By the sanctifying power of thy sacraments, O almighty God, may we obtain the healing of our vices and strength unto eternal life.





Wednesday, September 29 – St. Michael the Archangel

      (Michaelmas -- pronounced MIK-əl-məs)


This Solemnity (class 1 feast) of St. Michael—a holy day of obligation in the Middle Ages—is known formally as the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel. Because it dates back to the 5th century dedication of a Roman basilica in honor of St. Michael.


As Pillars of the Earth readers know, such was once the prominence of the Feast of St. Michael that quarterly tax and rent payments in medieval England were due on Christmas, Lady Day (the Annunciation, March 25), Midsummer Day, and Michaelmas.


St. Michael Fighting the Dragon


And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” 

(Apocalypse 12:7-9)






     (Angelus 1424, Baronius 1502, Campion 495)



Deus, qui, miro órdine, Angelórum ministéria hominúmque dispénsas: concéde propítius; ut, a quibus tibi ministrántibus in coelo semper assístitur, ab his in terra vita nostra muniátur.

O God, who disposest in a wonderful order the services of Angels and of men; grant in thy mercy, that they who ever stand before thy face to minister upon thee in heaven, may protect us during our life upon earth.



Hóstias tibi, Dómine, laudis offérimus, supplíciter deprecántes: ut easdem, angélico pro nobis interveniénte suffrágio, et placátus accípias, et ad salútem nostram proveníre concédas.

We offer thee a sacrifice of praise, O Lord, and humbly beseech thee that, through the prayers of thy holy Angels, who plead for us, thou wouldst graciously receive it, and grant that it may avail us unto salvation.



Beáti Archángeli tui Michælis intercessióne suffúlti: súpplices te, Dómine, deprecámur; ut, quod ore prosequimur, contingamus et mente.

Relying, O Lord, upon the intercession of thy blessed Archangel Michael, we humbly beseech of thee, that the sacrament which has passed our lips may quicken our souls.


Archangel Michael Tramples Satan (Guido Reni, c. 1630)





Sáncte Míchael Archángele,

defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et

      insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.

Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur:

tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis,

Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad

      perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo,

      divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. 


Saint Michael the Archangel,

defend us in battle. Be our protection against

        the malice and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;

and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host,

by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and

     all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the

     world seeking the ruin of souls.



This brief prayer—prayed in our diocese at the end of each Mass—dates back to the mid-1880s. Historians report that Pope Leo XIII wrote it (in Latin, of course) following a terrifying vision in which he saw Satan approaching the throne of God and boasting that he would attack the Church and wreak havoc during the next century. The pope was then shown the results of demonic activity in the 20th century—wars, immorality, genocide and apostasy on a large scale. Immediately following this disturbing vision, he sat down and wrote the prayer to St. Michael.


For decades until the 1960’s it was prayed among the “Leonine prayers” after each low Mass. Like many of the Church’s spiritual defenses, it was generally discontinued in the second half of the 20th century.


The Fall of the Rebel Angels (Giordano, c. 1666)


Several years after this vision, Pope Leo approved a much longer prayer to St. Michael for the defense of the Church against Satan (and believed by some to be the original form). It was published in two versions—one (below) with a partial indulgence for individual prayer by laity, and an exorcism version for use solely by priests. The boldfaced passage appears to reflect Pope Leo’s premonition of a Satanic 20th century assault against Rome and the Church.


Pope Leo XIII’s Longer (and Original?) Prayer to Saint Michael


O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and fearful warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits.


Come thou to the assistance of men, whom Almighty God created immortal, making them in His own image and likeness and redeeming them at a great price from the tyranny of Satan. Fight this day the battle of the Lord with thy legions of holy Angels, even as of old thou didst fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud spirits and all his rebel angels, who were powerless to stand against thee, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast forth, the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduces the whole world; and he was cast forth upon Earth, and his angels were sent with him.


Behold, the ancient enemy of mankind and a murderer from the beginning has been fiercely aroused. Changing himself into an angel of light, he goes about with the whole multitude of the wicked spirits to invade the earth and blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to plunder, to slay, and to consign to eternal damnation the souls that have been destined for a crown of everlasting life. This wicked serpent, like an unclean torrent, pours into men of depraved minds and corrupt hearts the poison of his malice, the spirit of lying, impiety and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of impurity and every form of vice and iniquity.


Be favorable to Thy Church, the Bride of the Lamb without spot, whose enemies have filled to overflowing with gall and inebriated with wormwood. They have laid profane hands upon Her most sacred treasures. Where the See of the most blessed Peter and the Chair of Truth has been constituted as a light to the nations, there they have placed a throne of their abomination and impiety; so that with the Pastor struck, they may prevail to scatter the flock.


Therefore, most invincible Leader, be with the people of God against this spiritual wickedness and bring about victory. Thou art venerated by Holy Church as Her guard and patron; Thou art glorified as our defender against the impious powers of earth and of hell. Unto thee the Lord hath handed over the souls of the redeemed to be placed in happiness above.


Entreat the God of peace, to obliterate Satan beneath our feet, lest he prevail further to hold men captive, and to injure the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that the mercy of the Lord may swiftly overtake us, and apprehend the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and send him bound into the abyss, so that he may seduce the nations no more.  Amen.


Click here for the official Latin with English alongside.























St. Michael the Archangel fights the dragon Lucifer, who falls like lightning from heaven. St. Michael brandishes a samurai sword and wears Japanese armor. The inscription, written in blue and red ink in classical Japanese, says Saint Michael the Archangel. Artwork by Daniel Mitsui (web site here).





September 22    Ember Wednesday


September 24    Ember Friday


September 25    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.


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.”


Click here and here for a wealth of information about the history of Ember Days and their liturgy, which dates back to the very early days of the Church.



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?