MASS THIS SUNDAY (February 16, 2020)

Sexagesima 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  (85) – online here, leaflet here

Ordinary:  Kyrie, (no Gloria) Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei - XI Orbis factor (740)

Preface of the Holy Trinity (Leaflet; Campion 598, Angelus 874, Baronius 884)
Anthem to the Virgin Mary:  Ave Regina Caelorum – from February 2 through Lent

     (online here, Campion Missal 951, Angelus Missal 115, Baronius Missal 120


8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (February 23, 2020)
Quinquagesima Sunday

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City

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



The collect, secret, and postcommunion prayers for the three Sundays of the season of Septuagesima, as they are found today in the traditional Roman missal, are word-for-Latin-word identical with those in the Gregorian sacramentary used in the time of Charlemagne twelve hundred years ago.


Indeed, these ancient prayers are thought to have already been several centuries old at the time of Charlemagne, dating back at least to the time of Pope Gregory the Great (circa 600 AD). So those of us who attend the Latin Mass of Sexagesima this Sunday will hear words hallowed by some 15 centuries of continuous use in the liturgy of the Church (though they are absent from the missal for the newer ordinary form of the Mass).


In preparation for this Sunday’s Mass, compare the translations below with those in your own personal hand missal (e.g., Angelus 269, Baronius 279, Campion 85).



Deus, qui cónspicis, quia ex nulla nostra actióne confídimus: concéde propítius; ut, contra advérsa ómnia, Doctóris géntium protectióne muniámur.

O God, who seest that we put not our trust in any act of ours : mercifully grant that by the protection of the Doctor of the Gentiles we may be defended against all adversities.



Oblátum tibi, Dómine, sacrifícium, vivíficet nos semper et múniat.

May the sacrifice offered to thee, O Lord, ever enliven and protect us.



Súpplices te rogámus, omnípotens Deus: ut, quos tuis réficis sacraméntis, tibi étiam plácitis móribus dignánter deservíre concédas.

We humbly beseech thee, almighty God, grant that they whom thou refreshest with thy sacraments may serve thee worthily by a life well pleasing unto thee.




Year after year for many centuries, Roman Catholics attending the older form of Mass on Sexagesima Sunday have heard at the Gospel the parable of the “sower who went out to sow his seed” (Luke 8:4-15)—of which some fell by the wayside, some fell upon a rock, and some fell among thorns. But an “other some fell upon good ground, and being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundred fold.”





Sexagesima Sunday


Parabola Seminantis

(Parable of the Sower)


GOSPEL     Luke 8:4-15






Illustration from a page from an old Latin missal in which every Mass was illustrated with its own figure. And beneath this drawing was a summary—click the figure to see it—of what happened to the seeds [semen] the sower [agricola] sowed [sementem faciens]. In brief:



Agricola sementem faciens.  

Cadit [fell] semen in viam. [by the wayside]

Cadit in petrosa.                 [on a rock]

Cadit in spinetum.               [among thorns]

Cadit in terram bonam.      [on good ground]


The Season of Septuagesima – “Little Lent”

From the February 2019 issue of the FSSP newsletter Meménto:


Unless Lent comes early, the season of Septuagesima tends to fall sometime within the month of February. From the Latin meaning "seventy," Septuagesima Sunday occurs [roughly] seventy days before Easter and recalls bygone days when the Latin Church began its Lenten fasts from that point. Although the Latin Church over time would condense the Lenten fasts to forty days, still the liturgical vestiges of the longer penitential season remain on our venerable calendar, and Septuagesima is sometimes referred to as "Little Lent." The vestments on Sundays are violet and the Gloria in excelsis is absent; the joyful Alleluia is entirely suppressed and will not be heard again until the Easter Vigil.



These seemingly small things demonstrate that the season of Septuagesima is principally one of transition. Especially after the joys and festivities associated with Christmas and Epiphany, the Church wishes to prepare us for the austerities of Lent by this time of transition, without which the change would seem jarring. So as the Church begins to withdraw the joyful trappings of her worship and dress the liturgy more with the garments of penance, as she prepares to walk the Via Dolorosa with her Divine Spouse, we, too, are encouraged to begin withdrawing things from our lives in order to ready ourselves for the hard penitential work that Lent involves.


It is during Septuagesima that we should discern what suitable penances we should undertake during Lent, and we can begin perhaps on a positive note by adding something to our daily practices, such as an additional Mass during the week if possible, or a Rosary said on the drive to work in place of listening to the radio, or sectioning off ten minutes each day for thoughtful spiritual reading. In oth-er words, such efforts can be helpful in determining what negative penances we undertake once Ash Wednesday comes, along with the prescribed fasting and abstinence, all of which, when done with the proper spirit of desiring to love our Lord better, will' serve to make the Alleluia of Easter more glorious.


8 am, Sunday, February 16, St. Mary Church

Sung high Mass at St. Mary’s every 3rd Sunday henceforth; low Mass the other Sundays of the month.


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