MASS THIS SUNDAY (June 7, 2020)

Trinity Sunday

Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here

     (Angelus 696, Baronius 738, Campion 303)

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)

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

11:30 am, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga [NEW!]

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City


As we close out the Octave of Pentecost—during which liturgical time has palpably stood still, especially for those praying the traditional Divine Office with the repetition of the same psalms and antiphons for seven consecutive days.


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (June 14, 2020)

Corpus Christi (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




In preparation for this Sunday’s Mass, compare the translations below with those in your own personal hand missal (e.g., Angelus 696, Baronius 738, Campion 303).



Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui dedísti fámulis tuis in confessióne veræ fídei, ætérnæ Trinitátis glóriam agnóscere, et in poténtia maiestátis adoráre Unitátem: quǽsumus; ut, eiúsdem fídei firmitáte, ab ómnibus semper muniámur advérsis.

O almighty and everlasting God, who hast granted thy servants, in the confession of the true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and, in the power of majesty, to adore the unity : we beseech thee that, by steadfastness in this faith we may be evermore defended from all adversity.



Sanctífica, quǽsumus, Dómine, Deus noster, per tui sancti nóminis invocatiónem, huius oblatiónis hóstiam: et per eam nosmetípsos tibi pérfice munus ætérnum.

Sanctify, we beseech thee, O Lord our God, by the invocation of thy holy name, the victim of this oblation : and through it make of us, too, an eternal offering to thee.



Profíciat nobis ad salútem córporis et ánimæ, Dómine, Deus noster, huius sacraménti suscéptio: et sempitérnæ sanctæ Trinitátis eiusdémque indivíduæ Unitátis conféssio.

May the reception of this sacrament, O Lord our God, and the confession of the holy and eternal Trinity and its undivided unity, profit us to the salvation of body and soul.


MISSAL NOTE: Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

We sometimes hear that the Canon of the Mass is prayed to the Father by the Son through the Holy Ghost. Our most frequent prayers are addressed to the Holy Trinity: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."  "Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, . . . . ." In the 12th century, Abbot Rupert said


"As soon as we have celebrated the coming of the Holy Ghost [at Pentecost] we hail in song the feast of the Holy Trinity, the following Sunday, a well-chosen place in the calendar, for immediately after the descent of the Holy Spirit, preaching and conversion began and faith through baptism and confession in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.",%2BVienna.jpg

Albrecht Durer, The Adoration of the Holy Trinity

(Click image for more detail)


Indeed, the Feast of the Holy Trinity was considered so significant that—from ancient times until into the twentieth century—the weeks during the long period of time from Pentecost until Advent were counted from Trinity Sunday instead of from Pentecost Sunday. Thus, what we now call the ”5th Sunday after Pentecost” was long called the “4th Sunday after Trinity”.



In a classic WDTPRS (“What Does The Prayer Really Say?”) post – HERE.


In the mystery of the Unity and Trinity of God we believe that, from all eternity and before material creation and even outside of time itself, the One God who desired a perfect communion of love expressed Himself in a perfect Word, containing all that He is. The Word God uttered was and is a perfect self-expression, also perfectly possessing what the Speaker possesses: being, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, beauty, and even personhood. So, from all eternity there were always two divine Persons, the God who spoke and the Word who was spoken, the God who Generates and the God who is Generated, true God with and from true God, Begetter and Begotten, Father and Son. There was never a time when this was not so. These two Persons eternally regard and contemplate each other. From all eternity they knew and loved each other, each offering the other a perfect gift of self-giving. Since the self-gift of these perfect and divine Persons, distinct but sharing one divine nature, can be nothing other than a perfect self-gift, perfectly given and perfectly received, the very Gift between them also contains all that each of the Persons have: being, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, beauty, and even personhood. Therefore, from all eternity there exist three distinct divine Persons having one indivisible divine nature, Father, Son and the perfect self-gift of love between them, the Holy Spirit.


The Shield of the Trinity, a visual representation of the doctrine of the Trinity, derived from the Athanasian Creed. The Latin reads: "The Father is God, The Son is God, The Holy Spirit is God; God is the Father, God is the Son, God is the Holy Spirit; The Father is not the Son, The Son is not the Father, The Father is not the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit is not the Father, The Son is not the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit is not the Son."


Stacks of missalettes and propers leaflets at Church were unknown in the pre-conciliar days of traditional Catholicism. You brought your own, if you wanted to actually pray the Mass, rather than merely watch and hear it. So it is, now again.


NOTE:  In accord with the new pandemic guidelines, the distribution of missalettes and propers will be discontinued when public Masses resume at Pentecost.


But this newsletter will continue to provide the proper orations for each upcoming Sunday Mass. And you can click here to print the propers for any Sunday or holy day Mass, or here to print the complete Mass—both fixed ordinary and variable proper parts—for any day of the Church year.


Copies of the familiar red missalette and of the currently available 1962 Latin-English daily hand missals can be ordered by clicking on the following images.



Older pre-1960 hand missals—such as the much-loved St. Andrew (here) and Fr. Lasance (here) complete (2000-page) Latin-English daily missals—are still eminently serviceable for Sunday and holy day Masses.


As are the popular pre-1960 Saint Joseph (here) and New Marian (here) daily missals—briefer (at approx. 1400 pages) because their propers are English-only.



Ember Days are three days (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 still encouraged and are observed by many traditional Catholics.


The summer Ember Days are the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the Octave of Pentecost. They are distinguished liturgically by additional readings at Mass. For instance, take a look at this coming Ember Saturday in your daily missal (Angelus 688, Baronius 7xy) and you’ll see five Old Testament lessons preceding the usual Epistle and Gospel of the Mass.  Of which Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth—in a remarkable Ember Saturday homily (here)—says the following:


If a person were to walk in from the street, and one knowing nothing of the Faith that we hold, if that person were enlightened by the Holy Spirit to understand what they were witnessing at this Mass, just about the whole truth of the Catholic faith is laid before them. Today’s great feature is the distinctive sequence of prophecies, alleluias and collects of this Ember Day Mass. Our faith is made so much clearer to us; for we hear of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2,28-32); we hear of the harvest which God expects (Lev 23, 9-11;15-17;21); we hear of the possession of the land (Deut 26,1-11) and the fruitfulness of that land (Lev 26,3-12); and we hear, finally, of the purification by fire, which is the suffering and the trial through which we must all pass (Dan 3, 47-51).


Directives for resumption of public Masses

Dispensation from Sunday obligation


Click here to read Bishop Stika’s pastoral letter and his decree listing procedures for returning to Mass. 


In his letter, Bishop Stika also extends his dispensation indefinitely to all Catholics living in the Diocese of Knoxville from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. “Let me emphasize, if you are vulnerable, elderly, or just not comfortable going to a public Mass beginning May 30-31, please stay home!” Bishop Stika said.


The directives include mandatory use of masks for anyone attending Masses, the use of social distancing, protocols for seating and entering and leaving churches, and specific guidelines for the offering of the Holy Communion.


For example, click here for specific procedures to be followed at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville.




Also, the 11:30 am EF Missa Cantata is live-streamed each Sunday from the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul (Chattanooga), and can be viewed on the Basilica’s Facebook page accessible from, via the "Watch Live" link. 


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