MASS THIS SUNDAY (January 23, 2022)

Third Sunday after Epiphany

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

     Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me

    Proper Prayers and Readings online here, leaflet here

               (Angelus 251, Baronius 260, Campion 65)

Order of Mass:   Angelus 838, Baronius 900, Campion 569

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

Preface of the Holy Trinity (Angelus 874, Baronius 884, Campion 598)
Final Marian Antiphon:  Alma Redemptoris Mater – from Advent to the Purification

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


8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens 

11:30 am, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (January 30, 2022)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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



Latin Mass of the Purification of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Preceded by Blessing of Candles

5:30 pm, Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

People can bring their own candles to be blessed at the beginning of Mass.

The Hispanic custom of presenting their baby Jesus statues for a blessing will be observed at the end of Mass.





   (Angelus 251, Baronius 260, Campion 65)



Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, infirmitatem nostram propítius réspice: atque, ad protegéndum nos, déxteram tuæ maiestátis exténde.

Almighty and eternal God, graciously look upon our weakness : and stretch forth the right hand of thy majesty to protect us.


Epistle    Romans 12: 16-21


Gospel    Matthew 8: 1-13



Hæc hóstia, Dómine, quǽsumus, emúndet nostra delícta: et, ad sacrifícium celebrándum, subditórum tibi córpora mentésque sanctíficet.

May this offering, O Lord, we beseech thee, cleanse away our sins, and sanctify the bodies and minds of thy servants for the celebration of this sacrifice.



Quos tantis, Dómine, largíris uti mystériis: quǽsumus; ut efféctibus nos eórum veráciter aptáre dignéris.

Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, to make us, who of thy bounty frequent these great mysteries, worthy to receive their fruits.




The Sundays after Epiphany—preceding the pre-Lenten Sunday of Septuagesima—are the initial Sundays of the Tempus per Annum (“time throughout the year”), which on the ordinary form calendar is (mis)translated in English as “ordinary time”. These are the Sundays of the year—those after Epiphany and those after Pentecost—which don’t belong to special liturgical seasons like Advent, Christmastide, Lent, etc.


Each of the Gospels for these Sundays after Epiphany presents a particular manifestation (or “epiphany”) of the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On this Third Sunday after Epiphany we  recall His manifestation of His divinity by the miracles of curing a leper and a servant paralyzed with palsy, as described in this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 8:1-13):


 Jesus, with a word, cleanses a leper.


And behold a leper came and adored him, saying: Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus stretching forth his hand, touched him, saying: I will, be thou made clean. And forthwith his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3)



Jesus cures the centurion’s servant at a distance.


And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented.  And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him.  And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. . . . And Jesus said to the centurion: Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.  (Matthew 8:5-8,13)




Advice from the eminent Church historian Roberto de Mattei, commenting on the issue of Covid vaccination (here):


But, seeing that, in addition to reason, it is necessary to live through this pandemic in the light of faith, we can indicate the existence of a remedy against the Coronavirus which is by far the most effective since it prevents not only bodily ills - which everyone fears - but also the much more dangerous ones, those of the soul - which nobody addresses.



I am referring to the Miraculous Medal which we celebrate on November 27th.  It was Our Lady Herself Who appeared to Catherine Labourè that day in 1830. She was 24 years old at the time and a novice at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, in Rue du Bac, Paris.  Catherine Labouré recounts that she saw:


a somewhat oval frame forming around the Holy Virgin, upon which in a half-circle from the right to the left of Mary these words written in gold-letters could be read: O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you,”  Then a voice was heard that said to me: ‘Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck’.  In an instant it seemed to me the frame turned around and I saw the other side of the Medal. There was the letter M (Mary’s initial) surmounted by a cross without a crucifix which had as a base the letter I (initial of the name of Iesus –Jesus). Then further below there were two hearts, one encircled by thorns (representing Jesus’ heart), the other pierced by a sword (Mary’s).  Lastly, twelve stars encircled everything. Then everything vanished, like something switching off, and I was left filled with - I don’t know how to express it - good sentiments, of joy and consolation.”


“The first 1500 examples of the medal requested by Our Lady were produced in 1832. Since then, graces and miracles have multiplied the requests for the medals: sinners converted, the dying healed, dangers thwarted and graces of every type obtained.


[ Continue reading here a fact-filled summary of the miracle-filled history of the Miraculous Medal. ]


“The Miraculous Medal should be blessed and then worn, preferably round the neck.  May its devotees not only wear it round their neck or on their clothes, but diffuse it, in their homes, in places of pain and those of sin, wherever it can be distributed.


“The Miraculous Medal, worn with faith by many Catholics all over the world, still continues its extraordinary mission today and is a prodigious vaccine against the evils of our time. The last great miracle we ask of it, is the dissipation of the darkness of chaos, enveloping the world we live in.”





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