MASS THIS SUNDAY (February 28, 2021)

Second Sunday of Lent

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

     Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here

                 (Angelus 330, Baronius 345, Campion 111)

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

     Ordinary:  Kyrie, (no Gloria), Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

Preface for Lent (Angelus 871, Baronius 880, Campion 686)
Final Marian Antiphon:  Ave Regina Caelorum – from February 2 through Lent

     (Angelus 115, Baronius 120, Campion 951, 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 (March 7, 2021)
Third Sunday of Lent

8 am, 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



In preparation for this Sunday’s Mass, compare the translations below with those in your own personal hand missal (e.g., Angelus 330, Baronius 345, Campion 111).




Deus, qui cónspicis omni nos virtúte destítui: intérius exteriúsque custódi; ut ab ómnibus adversitátibus muniámur In córpore, et a pravis cogitatiónibus mundémur in mente.

O God, who seest that we are destitute of all strength, preserve us both inwardly and outwardly, that our bodies may be protected from all adversities, and our souls purified from all evil thoughts.



Sacrifíciis præséntibus, Dómine, quǽsumus, inténde placátus: ut et devotióni nostræ profíciant et salúti.

Look down in thy mercy, we beseech thee, O Lord, on these present sacrifices, that they may profit us both unto devotion and salvation.



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

We humbly beseech thee, almighty God, that thou wouldst enable those whom thou hast refreshed with thy sacraments to serve thee worthily with lives pleasing to thee.


What better Lenten resolution than to pray each Sunday’s propers daily during the following week? Perhaps as something more meaningful than merely giving up chocolates or ice cream once again. The ancient proper orations for the Sundays of Lent are finely polished in their depth and spirituality. Well worth review before Sunday Mass and further reflection during the following week.


Those with personal daily hand missals can do even more. Lent is the single season of the Church year in which every individual day—weekdays as well as Sundays—has its own “Mass formulary” of proper prayers and readings. So what better Lenten devotion than 15 to 20 minutes daily with your missal in hand (at home if not at Mass)?






Sunday 2 of Lent


Year after year for time immemorial, Roman Catholics attending the older form of Mass on the Second Sunday of Lent have heard at the Gospel the account in Matthew 17:1-9 of Our Lord’s transfiguration.


And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow. . . . . And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.



The Transfiguration (Raphael c. 1520)

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Psalm Antiphon

Advenérunt nobis * dies pœniténtiæ ad rediménda peccáta, ad salvándas ánimas.

Days of penance * have come to us, that we may redeem our sins and save our souls.


Could the purpose of Lent, and of our lives, be better put? Crisp and clear, like a Baltimore Catechism answer.


Brief Reading (Joel 2:12-13)

Convertímini ad me in toto corde vestro, in ieiúnio, et fletu, et planctu. Et scíndite corda vestra, et non vestiménta vestra, ait Dóminus omnípotens.

Turn to Me with your whole heart, in fasting, with weeping, and mourning. Moreover, rend your hearts, not your garments, says the Lord almighty.





From Father Richard Cipolla, former Anglican and recently retired pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, writing in response (here) to a New York Times article critical of the Church (last year, but as apt now  as then):


If I were to speak to the son of the married priest and nun who wrote today’s Op-Ed piece, I would agree that the Church has indeed “seen better days” and is not in good shape today.  But I would point out to him two things.  The answer to the Church’s problems today is not to become a mirror image of the Episcopal Church, the quintessential example of what happens when Christians forget who they are within the Tradition of the Church whose Head is Jesus Christ and instead embrace that form of liberalism that is incompatible with the Christian faith.  Rather the answer is what is happening this evening at my local parish church.  The young pastor is going to offer his first Solemn Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite, celebrating the External Solemnity of the patron of the parish, St. Pius X.  And his curate is the Deacon of the Mass.  And the parish music director has learned the Propers and Ordinary of the Mass and will be an integral part of this wonderful event, as will priests in choir, and, most importantly, the congregation.  That, dear son of a priest and a nun, that is the answer.


Fr. Cipolla’s last Sunday as pastor of St. Mary’s


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