MASS THIS SUNDAY (August 20, 2017)

11th Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Order of Mass (567)

Proper Prayers and Readings (356) – online here, leaflet here

          Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei:  Mass XI Orbis factor (740)

Preface of the Holy Trinity:  Missalette or Campion Missal (598)

Closing Marian Antiphon:  Salve Regina  (961)

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (August 27, 2017)

12th Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

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


“The Latin Mass Has Made Me a Better Priest.”

(With a tip of the hat to the Liturgy Guy)

Since Pope Benedict XVI with his apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum ten years ago restored the traditional Latin Mass to the regular liturgy of the Church, a constant theme has emerged in comments of priests who’ve learned to celebrate Mass in its ancient Latin form. Invariably they claim a deeper understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and of their own identity and role as priests ordained to offer sacrifice in propitiation for our sins, through exposure to the older Roman rite.


Fr. Timothy Reid offering a Rorate Mass at St. Ann Church in Charlotte (photo credit: John Cosmas)


Typical is the testimony of Fr. Timothy Reid—a priest and pastor in the Diocese of Charlotte (NC)--on how offering the ancient rite has affected him as a priest:


After 9 years of offering the Latin Mass, I can say that it’s made me a better priest. I’ve loved being steeped in its tradition and being formed by its rubrics and prayers. Most importantly, offering the Latin Mass has improved the way I offer the Novus Ordo Mass. The discipline that the Latin Mass requires in offering it has certainly carried over into the way I offer the Novus Ordo Mass. I’ve certainly experienced the mutual enrichment that Pope Benedict XVI hoped would happen when the Latin Mass and Novus Ordo are offered side by side, and I believe our parish has, too. I definitely have a renewed and greater appreciation for the awesome dignity of the Mass.”


Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, Oregon discussed these very same benefits in an address to a Sacra Liturgia conference in Rome:


All of this is why I would urge bishops to familiarize themselves with the usus antiquior as a means of achieving their own deeper formation in the liturgy and as a reliable reference point in bringing about renewal and reform of the liturgy in the local Church. Speaking from personal experience, my own study and celebration of the older liturgical rites has had a tremendous effect on my own appreciation of our liturgical tradition and has enhanced my own understanding and celebration of the new rites.”


Archbishop Sample further recommended:


The bishop should also encourage his seminarians to familiarize themselves with that usus antiquior, not just for the possibility that they may . . . be called upon to celebrate this form of the Mass for the benefit of the faithful, but indeed for the future priest’s own appreciation of the deep and rich liturgical tradition from which the reformed rites flow.”


Ab. Sample celebrating Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; Fr. John Zuhlsdorf at right



Church law now gives priests equal rights to celebrate two different forms of the Roman rite—the Ordinary Form (the Mass introduced in 1970), and the Extraordinary Form (the ancient Latin liturgy which dates back to the earliest centuries, essentially unchanged for a thousand years and more).


As the Liturgy Guy asks (here): Isn’t it time for the Church to listen to men who offer both forms of the Roman Rite, like Archbishop Alexander Sample and Fr. Timothy Reid? Hasn’t the time come for all priests in the Roman Rite, and particularly for seminarians, to deepen their understanding of the Sacrifice of the Altar by learning the Traditional Latin Mass?


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