MASS THIS SUNDAY (December 10, 2017)

2nd Sunday of Advent

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me  (567)

Order of Mass (567)

Proper Prayers and Readings (5) – online here, leaflet here

          Kyrie, (no Gloria,) Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei:  Mass XVII (762)

          Preface of Advent  (p. 878 in Angelus and Baronius missals, handout here)

          Marian antiphon:  Alma Redemptoris Mater  (947) - handout here

8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville    (NEW schedule)


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (December 17, 2017)

3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City



6:30 am Friday, December 8, 2017

St. Mary Church, Oak Ridge



Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin in Advent

6:30 am, Saturday, December 9, 2017

At the Our Lady Altar of Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville



Adapted from a New Liturgical Movement article (here)


It seems that the start of every new liturgical year brings forth at least one article in the Catholic parts of the web “explaining” that Advent is not a penitential season. Sometimes referencing the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (ordinary form), where it is described as a period of “devout and joyful expectation,” with no mention of penance.
The reality of the matter is more complex. . . . Historically, Advent and the explicitly penitential season of Lent have a great deal in common liturgically. The liturgical colors of both seasons, violet and rose, are the same. In the Mass, the Gloria in excelsis is omitted on Sunday in both Forms of the Roman Rite. On the ferial days of Advent, the Alleluia is traditionally omitted before the Gospel. Traditionally, Advent and Lent also both saw the removal of flowers from the altar, and the silencing of the organ.

The exceptions to the traditional rule about flowers and organ music are Gaudete and Laetare Sundays, on which they may be used as they would be on other Sundays and feasts, along with the characteristic rose-colored vestments, which were created as a mitigation of the penitential violet. The continued existence of Gaudete Sunday in the middle of Advent is the clearest sign that the season’s penitential character endures.


Unfortunately, the idea of “devout and joyful expectation” during Advent has not restrained the orgy of consumerism that passes for this season of preparation for Christmas in much of the world. The restoration of some degree of fasting and penance in Advent, already practiced by many on a private level, would provide a powerful Catholic witness to the “reason for the season.”
What is sadder than to see how many Christmas trees are out on the sidewalk with the trash by the evening of the 26th. This is one of many common signs that, rather than being kept as a season of expectation, joyful or otherwise, Advent has become in many places a backwards version of the Christmas and Epiphany octaves. Pastorally, the Church should encourage the faithful to bear witness to the importance of the birth of Christ by keeping the whole of the Christmas season, with the very ancient and important feasts that follow, as the great prolonged festival it traditionally was. Reestablishing a formally penitential character for Advent would certainly help us to do that, as Lent does for Easter.





WILLIAM BRANGHAM:  A recent chart-topping musical recording came from a group you wouldn’t expect in a place you wouldn’t expect. From PBS station NET in Nebraska, Dennis Kellogg has our story.


DENNIS KELLOGG:  When you hear Gregorian chants, ancient churches and monasteries in Europe may come to mind, but these chants are thousands of miles and hundreds of years closer. Tucked away on the plains of Eastern Nebraska, you will find Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary. The sounds coming from inside the church here bring the past right into the present.



FATHER ZACHARY AKERS, Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP):  To some extent, this music is from the early Christians, we believe—would have been singing something that resembles what we have now and what we call Gregorian chant. Some believe that, even in the Jewish synagogue, that they would have this same style of singing.


DENNIS KELLOGG:  Father Zachary Akers is a graduate of the seminary and now a priest in the Fraternity of St. Peter. As a child, his mother would play Gregorian chants to help him calm down.


FATHER ZACHARY AKERS:  We, as Christians, in our relationship with God, it transcends just mere words. And so we pray, not just without mouth, but with singing, with our heart being uplifted to God.


DENNIS KELLOGG:  The chanting and the Latin latin lessons are part of the daily routine for the 90-some seminarians who will live and study here for seven years. Father Joseph Lee was the last student to be accepted into his class when he arrived in 2000. Now he’s the academic dean.



FATHER JOSEPH LEE, Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter:  These are obligatory. These are not electives. They have to do it, whether they went to music school before, acquired a major in the subject, or whether they’re tone-dear and cannot match pitch.


DENNIS KELLOGG:  As part of the early, more contemplative phase of their study, the seminarians don’t use their names publicly. This young man from Washington state had an extensive musical background before coming to the seminary, starting with playing the violin at age 3 and the piano shortly after.


MAN:  Here, we’re singing sacred music, Gregorian chant. We’re not necessarily performing the music. We are praying the music.


DENNIS KELLOGG:  Those prayers are now being heard by people well beyond the walls of the church. A record company, De Montfort Music, approached the Fraternity of St. Peter about making a recording of Gregorian chants. So, they gathered 12 of the most musically graduates from the seminary, priests from across the world, and produced “Requiem”.



FATHER ZACHARY AKERS:  It’s a Latin word that means rest. And for this album, it’s a selection of music that is simply the Catholic Church’s musical list for a funeral Mass. We all experience death and we all experience the – our return to our maker, our creator. And this is something that is very transcendent, and I think the music really expresses this reality as well.



DENNIS KELLOGG:  Father Akers and Father Lee are both among those participating in the “Requiem” project. The recording seemed t strike a chord when it was released last spring, spending 13 straight weeks at the top of the classical music charts. The Gregorian chant has found a new audience.


FATHER JOSEPH LEE: It’s universal. It’s a unifying element that transcends fads, transends fashions, transcends geography, transcends time. And it’s able to unite people, regardless of their race of who they think is going to win the World Series or what kind of food they enjoy eating.


DENNIS KELLOGG:  Maybe it’s not such a surprise that a recording of priests praying Gregorian chants has become a success. After all, they’ve been practicing for hundreds of years.



FATHER ZACHARY AKERS:  Gregorian chant is not something that is just of olden days that’s being sung at some small monastery in Spain. This is something that is very much a part of our life as Catholics.



Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

12 pm Monday, December 25, 2016

Preceded at 11:30 am with a program of traditional Christmas music.


For insertion in local parish bulletins during Advent:

Christmas Latin Mass

The traditional Latin Mass of Christmas will be offered again this year at Holy Ghost Church (Knoxville) at 12 noon on Christmas Day. At 11:30 am preceding the Mass, the Knoxville Latin Mass Schola will present a program of traditional Christmas music. The Mass itself will be accompanied by the variable proper parts sung in Gregorian chant and the fixed ordinary parts (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, etc.) in the polyphonic setting of Claudio Monteverdis Mass for Four Voices, plus offertory and communion motets in chant and sacred polyphony.  In recent years this special Latin Mass of Christmas has attracted worshipers from a variety of parishes throughout the diocese. All area Catholics and their friends are invited to share this festive celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.


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