MASS THIS SUNDAY (August 25, 2019)

11th Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Sprinkling Rite:   Asperges me  (567)

Order of Mass:  Missalette or Campion Missal (569)

Proper Prayers and Readings  (356) – online here, leaflet here

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei  Mass XI Orbis Factor (727)

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

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


8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City

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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (September 1, 2019)

12th Sunday after Pentecost

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City



2 pm Sunday, August 25, 2019

St. Mary Church, Johnson City

And every Sunday thereafter (except when otherwise noted)


PROPER ORATIONS FOR THE 11th Sunday after Pentecost


In preparation for this Sunday’s Mass, compare the translations below with those in your own personal hand missal (e.g., Angelus 753, Baronius 800, Campion 356).



Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui, abundántia pietátis tuæ, et mérita súpplicum excédis et vota: effúnde super nos misericórdiam tuam; ut dimíttas quæ consciéntia métuit, et adiícias quod orátio non præsúmit.

O almighty and eternal God, who in the abundance of thy goodness dost exceed both the merits and desires of thy suppliants; pour forth thy mercy upon us; that thou mayest pardon what our conscience dreads, and grant those blessings which our prayer dares not to ask.




Réspice, Dómine, quǽsumus, nostram propítius servitútem: ut, quod offérimus, sit tibi munus accéptum, et sit nostræ fragilitátis subsidium.

Look graciously upon our homage, O Lord, we beseech thee : that the gift we offer may be acceptable to thee, and be to us the support of our weakness.



Sentiámus, quǽsumus, Dómine, tui perceptióne sacraménti, subsídium mentis et córporis: ut, in utróque salváti, cæléstis remédii plenitúdine gloriémur.

May we experience, by the reception of thy sacrament, we beseech thee, O Lord, help in body and mind : that saved in both, we may glory in the fullness of this heavenly remedy.























Today’s Gospel

Mark 7:31-37


Jesus heals the

deaf and dumb



The heavenly liturgy present in the earthly liturgy


 Catechism of the Catholic Church


1089 "Christ, indeed, always associates the Church with himself in this great work in which God is perfectly glorified and men are sanctified. The Church is his beloved Bride who calls to her Lord and through him offers worship to the eternal Father."

...which participates in the liturgy of heaven

1090 "In the earthly liturgy we share in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God, Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle. . . . . "


Pontifical High Mass with Archbishop Burke

Beauty of the Traditional Latin Mass


“Not only the traditional Mass in itself with its beautiful rubrics, the dignified Latin language, and the profound expression of theological truth is important, but other details matter when it comes to making every single person understand how important the liturgy is for our lives. The vestments, the altar cloths, the candlesticks, the cruets, the garments of the servers—all of these and many other items used during the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass have to show that we care to give the Lord only the most beautiful things that we have.” (More here)


“Does Your Parish Church Remind You Of Heaven? It Should!”

(The title of an article here by Msgr. Charles Pope at the web site of the Archdiocese of Washington)


Quam terribilis est locus iste! Hic non est aliud nisi domus Dei, et porta caeli!

“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

(Genesis 28:17)


To illustrate the beauty of Heaven in earthly church and liturgy, Father Z (here) says “Behold a photo from a Solemn (FSSP) Mass at the Faldstool at the Wallfahrtskirche in Birnau. Right click this and open it in a new tab. [Click again for more detail.] Put down your coffee first.” Does this photo of a baroque-era church provide a pretty clear vision of the faith and fidelity of those who designed and built it?

Right here in the Diocese of Knoxville, our own Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus can offer us a twenty-first century architectural vision of an earthly “gate of heaven”.


As illustrated vividly by the Adoremus Bulletin's extraordinary photo essay entitled Deep in the Heart of the South—Deep in the Heart of Christ on the dedication of Knoxville's beautiful new cathedral. The stunning photos are posted at the end of the essay. If you haven’t already seen them, drop everything and go take a look.


At its beginning the essay speaks of our “cathedral’s importance in the renewal of Catholic architecture in the United States. With its intentional embrace of the classical tradition, design sophistication, theological fullness, and iconic richness, the construction of the $31 million edifice marks a singular high point in the recent revitalization of Catholic visual and liturgical culture."


And concludes with the judgement that “this cathedral has set the high point to date for architectural and theological richness in the postconciliar United States." High praise, indeed!


By contrast, these two photos appeared in an ad (here) for a new book (below) on beauty, with the suggestion that they embody different liturgical objectives. In any event, they may remind us what a blessing is our beautiful old church here at Holy Ghost.



What It is and Why It Matters

by John-Mark L. Miravalle




From these pages, you’ll learn:

  • Why beauty is not just a matter of opinion.
  • The virtues we need to perceive beauty and to enjoy it.
  • How to determine whether an artwork is truly beautiful.
  • The respective roles of reason and emotion in appreciating beauty.
  • How the beauty of nature testifies to God’s existence . . . while rejection of God obscures nature’s beauty.


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