MASS THIS SUNDAY (December 16, 2018)

3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

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  (9) – online here, leaflet here

Ordinary:  Kyrie, (no Gloria,) Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus DeiMass XVII (762)

Preface of Advent  (p. 878 in Angelus and Baronius missals, online here)
Final Marian Antiphon:  Alma Redemptoris Mater – from Advent to the Purification

     (online here, Campion Missal 947, Angelus Missal 114, Baronius Missal 119)

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (December 23, 2018)
4th Sunday of Advent

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens


Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin in Advent

Saturday, December 15, 2018

6:30 a.m. – Sung Latin Mass at Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville


The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion in which the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent offered is just before dawn, with no lighting other than candles on the altar. Those who attend can expect to be rewarded with a uniquely beautiful Mass. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.


Photo of the Our Lady side altar taken before Mass, with overhead lights still turned on.


The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the initial words of the Introit, from Isaiah 45:8,


Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.


Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.


(Mass readings: Angelus Missal, page 1029; Baronius Missal, page 1085)


The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priest and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.


The readings and prayers of the Mass foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts to let Christ the King enter; asking for the grace to receive eternal life by the merits of the Incarnation and saving Resurrection of Our Lord.


Rorate Caeli Mass at Holy Ghost Church  (more photos here)



The Rorate Caeli Mass is the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Advent. Unless you have a complete daily missal that includes the Common of the BVM, its propers can be hard to find (online or otherwise). Here they are, in the English translations of the Fr. Lasance Roman Missal on which the Campion Missal is based:



O God, Who didst will that at the message of an angel Thy word should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary: grant that we, Thy suppliants, who believe her to be truly the mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee. Through the same …..


Lesson  Isaiah 7: 10-15


Gospel  Luke 1: 26-38



Strengthen in our hearts, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the mysteries of the true faith, that, confessing Him Who was conceived of the Virgin to be true God and true man, we may deserve, through the power of His saving resurrection, to attain everlasting joy. Through the same …..



Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may, by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of His resurrection. Through the same …..



Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

12 pm Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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

Christmas Program here

Christ’s Mass itself will be accompanied by the variable proper parts sung in Gregorian chant and the fixed ordinary parts (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, etc.) in a polyphonic setting, 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. Invite your Catholic friends to share in this festive celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens



Octave Day of Christmas (Holy Day of Obligation)

Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

12 pm Tuesday, January 1, 2019



This Third Sunday of Advent is called "Gaudete Sunday" because its Introit begins with the joyful words


     Gaudete in Domino semper . . . .

     Rejoice in the Lord always . . . .


Traditionally, this is the only Sunday in Advent on which the organ was heard during the Mass, and when flowers might be seen on the altar. And for this one day the Church relaxes the penitential aspect of Advent a bit with rose (instead of violet) vestments:

Click here for photos of a past Gaudete Mass at Holy Ghost Church


This coming Monday, Dec. 17, we begin the second part of Advent, which in the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) features the "O Antiphons” that are enshrined in the familiar hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. These are short prayers recited daily before and after the Magnificat during Vespers (evening prayer), beginning seven days before the vigil of Christmas (Dec. 24). They are called O Antiphons because they all begin with the letter-word "O" and address Jesus by one of the Old Testament titles of the Messiah.  These prayers can be used daily in individual meditation during this period to deepen our preparation for the unfolding mystery of the Nativity.


O Sapientia (December 17)


O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.


O Wisdom, Which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come and teach us the way of prudence.


O Adonai (December 18)


O Adonai, et dux domus Israël, qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.


O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, Who didst appear to Moses in the flame of the burning bush, and didst give unto him the law on Sinai: come and with an outstretched arm redeem us.


O Radix Jesse (December 19)


O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.


O Root of Jesse, Which standest for an ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall keep silence, Whom the Gentiles shall beseech: come and deliver us, and tarry not.


O Clavis David (December 20)


O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israël, qui aperis, et nemo claudit, claudis, et nemo aperuit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.


O Key of David, and Scepter of the house of Israel, that openest and no man shutteth, and shuttest and no man openeth: come and bring the prisoner forth from his prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.


O Oriens (December 21)


O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.


O Dayspring, Brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.


O Rex Gentium (December 22)


O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.


O King of the Gentiles and the desire thereof, Thou cornerstone that makest both one, come and deliver mankind, whom Thou didst form out of clay.


O Emmanuel (December 23)


O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.


O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the desire of the nations and the Savior thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God.


The familiar musical version of the O Antiphons



The men of Holy Ghost’s Knights of Columbus will host a brunch downstairs after the 12 noon Mass this Sunday (Dec. 16). All who attend the Latin Mass are invited to proceed downstairs afterwards for refreshment and camaraderie.


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