KNOXVILLE LATIN MASS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
MASS THIS SUNDAY (April 22, 2018)
3rd Sunday after Easter
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)
Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass I – Lux et erigo (696)
Preface of Easter (Campion 687 or propers leaflet)
Final Marian Antiphon: Regina Caeli - throughout Eastertide until Trinity Sunday
(online here, Campion Missal 954, Angelus Missal 116, Baronius Missal 121)
8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville
5 pm, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga
MASS NEXT SUNDAY (April 29, 2018)
12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville
8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville
3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland
Jubilato Deo, omnis terra
The Introit of this Sunday’s Mass. And the title Jubilato Deo of the booklet—of simple Gregorian chant settings in Latin of the parts of the Ordinary of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei—that Pope Paul VI issued in 1974, following the Vatican II instruction that “"steps must be taken to ensure that the faithful are able to chant together in Latin those parts of the ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.” In an accompanying letter (here) to the Catholic bishops of the world, the pope asked them to see that the faithful learn this “minimal repertoire of plain chant” and sing these chants at Mass.
As Pope Benedict XVI reiterated in his post-synodal exhortation of 2007: “I desire, in accordance with the request advanced by the Synod Fathers, that Gregorian chant be suitably esteemed and employed as the chant proper to the Roman liturgy.”
How has this worked out in your home parish or diocese? Has it faithfully implemented the Vatican II directions that Latin be preserved in the liturgy and that Gregorian chant be given the principal place in its sacred music.
SUMMORUM PONTIFICEM 10TH ANNIVERSARY LATIN MASS AT
THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
1 pm this coming Saturday, April 28
Live worldwide broadcast on EWTN
This solemn pontifical Latin Mass at the throne will be offered in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. This will be only the second such Mass at the Basilica’s main high altar since 1969. The first one was in the great upper church of the basilica shrine in 2010, with over 3,500 people filling the largest church in North America. News release:
WASHINGTON 4/10/2018 -- The organizers of the
traditional Latin solemn pontifical Mass announced details today on the
liturgy planned for April 28. The Mass, to be celebrated by His Excellency
Alexander Sample, archbishop of Portland in Oregon, will be broadcast live
and worldwide on EWTN. No tickets are required to attend in person, and all
are encouraged to fill the pews of the upper church of the Basilica of the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the 28th at 1 p.m.
Archbishop Alexander Sample
“The Most Beautiful Thing This Side of Heaven"
The famous words of the nineteenth century English Oratorian, Fr. Frederick Faber, describing the venerable Latin Mass of the Ages. He continued:
"It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with the celestial charming, so that our very senses seemed to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste, and touch beyond what earth can give".
A MASS FOR ALL FIVE SENSES
“As every Mass is a re-presentation of Calvary, and the altar itself the place where heaven and earth meet, . . . is it any wonder that more of the faithful are seeking a liturgy which seeks to restore a sense of the sacred?
“For many today, the Traditional Latin Mass is fulfilling just such a need. Rediscovering the manner in which the Church has worshipped for centuries has helped a growing number of Catholics to encounter the Lord more deeply. What many are realizing is just how effectively, and beautifully, the traditional Masses engages our senses. Indeed, it is the Mass for all senses.”
Praying the Confiteor before Holy Communion
The Latin Mass presents a visual which immediately speaks to the true focus of our adoration and worship. As the priest offers the Mass ad orientem (facing the altar or the liturgical east) we immediately recognize that the liturgy is not about us. This is something that simply must be experienced by the faithful to fully appreciate. . . . As the priest spends much of the Traditional Mass facing the same direction as the faithful, speaking Latin the entire time, there is little confusion as to who he is speaking to.
The use of a liturgical language is another manner in which the traditional Mass effectively engages our senses. Maintaining an aura of mystery and antiquity, the liturgical use of Latin immediately transports the faithful from the secular into the sacred. The familiarity and comfort of the vernacular is left behind as we enter into the Holy Mass.
However, it is also the absence of sound that catches our attention. This becomes most obvious during that most venerable of prayers, the Canon of the Mass. Dating back at least to the sixth century and Pope St. Gregory the Great, the Roman Canon (called Eucharistic Prayer 1 in the New Mass) is spoken nearly inaudibly by the priest. The great nineteenth century Benedictine liturgist Dom Prosper Guéranger describes this silence by stating that the priest “then enters within the cloud” with his voice not being heard again until the “Great Prayer is concluded”. This silence is only interrupted at the moment of consecration by the ringing of Sanctus bells, signifying Our Lord’s presence on the Altar.
Finally, if one is so blessed as to hear a High Mass, they will be treated to some of the most beautiful music ever created. . . . Liturgical music, true sacred music, is Gregorian chant and polyphony. . . From canonized popes (St. Pius X) to ecumenical councils (Vatican II), Holy Mother Church has consistently reaffirmed that this music is most appropriate for the Mass.
The use of incense within the Mass communicates to our olfactory receptors that we have entered into the sacred as this is not a scent identified with the hum drum of daily life. . . . he Church incorporates the use of incense during the Mass to symbolize the smoke of purification and sanctification. Incense is also understood to represent the prayers of the faithful rising to heaven.
Our sense of touch is most fully realized through the frequent posture of kneeling within the ancient rite. Simply put, we kneel more at the old Mass. . . . During the Creed we also kneel when professing that Christ was incarnated and born of the Virgin Mary. Most notably, the faithful kneel to receive Holy Communion.
The final of the five senses is taste. The reception of Holy Communion, kneeling and on the tongue, fosters a true sense of awareness in the faithful. We are more clearly able to perceive what it is (or more accurately Who it is) we cannot touch. In the Traditional Mass only the consecrated hands of the priest touches Holy Communion. This was the universal practice of the Church for over a thousand years and, now more than ever, speaks to the sacredness of the moment.
This most sublime moment of Holy Communion concludes our walk through the Mass of all senses. Understanding and appreciating that we are indeed both body and spirit, the Traditional Mass engages each of our five senses, thereby drawing us even deeper into the Eucharistic mystery. . . . May the Mass of the Saints lift our spirits toward heaven through the engagement of our senses.
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