MASS THIS SUNDAY (June 25, 2017)

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (external solemnity)

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Order of Mass (567)

Proper Prayers and Readings (319)

          Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei:  Mass VIII De Angelis (727)

Preface of the Sacred Heart:  Mass leaflet or Campion Missal (689)

Closing Marian Antiphon:  Salve Regina  (961)

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

5 pm, Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (July 2, 2017)

Most Precious Blood of Jesus (external solemnity)

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

          (July 2 Mass transferred from Cleveland to Madisonville)

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City



The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and this year we end our June month of Sunday worship by celebrating liturgically the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu), which appears on the universal Church calendar as the third Friday after Pentecost (June 23 this year). However, the 1962 rubrics explicitly authorize the celebration of the Mass of the Sacred Heart also as an external solemnity on the following Sunday (June 25 this year). (For the extraordinary form of the Mass, an "external solemnity" means the celebration of the Mass of a feast for the good of the faithful on an appropriate date other than its specified calendar date—typically, on the following Sunday when the feast occurs during the week.)


The Sacred Heart is often depicted as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced

by the lance-wound, encircled by the crown of thorns, surmounted by a cross and

bleeding. The wounds and crown of thorns allude to the manner of Jesus' death,

while the fire represents the transformative power of His divine love.



The Church’s calendars of saints and seasons were so felicitously aligned this year as to afford us the rare privilege—though only in the extraordinary form—of celebrating 1st class feasts (solemnities) on five successive Sundays:


June  4  – Pentecost Sunday

June 11 – Trinity Sunday

June 18 – Corpus Christi

June 25 – Sacred Heart of Jesus

July   2  – Precious Blood of Jesus


Other than the Sundays of Advent and Lent and Holy Week the octaves of Easter and Pentecost, the Church calendar includes only about twenty 1st class feasts, with their typically more beautiful and eloquent chants and proper prayers. Other 1st class feasts in this festive month of June include the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24) and Sts. Peter & Paul (June 29), when the statue of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is annually vested and crowned with the papal triple tiara.

Click image to enlarge.




CCC #1090:  "In the earthly liturgy we share in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God, Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle. With all the warriors of the heavenly army we sing a hymn of glory to the Lord; venerating the memory of the saints, we hope for some part and fellowship with them; we eagerly await the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, until he, our life, shall appear and we too will appear with him in glory."


Authentic Catholic liturgy lifts us up to participation in the heavenly liturgy celebrated by the Saints and Angels before the Throne of God, and therefore exhibits that absolute beauty which resides not only in the eye of the beholder at Mass but in the mind of God Himself.




Heavenly beauty in a recent Solemn Pontifical Mass celebrated in the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis,

Minnesota, by His Excellency, Bishop Andrew Cozzens. Click each image for more detail. More photos here.



Knoxville Latin Mass Community (KLMC) expenses in support of Latin liturgy typically average several hundred dollars weekly. This includes a regular KLMC contribution of $200 per week to Holy Ghost Church to support the Latin Mass (and specifically our outstanding sacred music program), plus additional expenses (e.g., stipends for visiting priests and special occasions) of several hundred dollars monthly. These expenses are covered solely by donations directly to the KLMC, separate from our individual members’ contributions to Holy Ghost Church itself via parish envelopes and cash donations in the 12 pm Sunday Mass collections.


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