MASS THIS SUNDAY (November 24, 2019)

Last Sunday after Pentecost

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  (410) – online here, leaflet here

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

Preface of the Holy Trinity (Missalettes; Campion 598, Angelus 875, Baronius 884)
Anthem to the Virgin Mary:  Salve Regina – from Trinity Sunday until Advent

     (online here, Campion Missal 961, Angelus Missal 116, Baronius Missal 121)


8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

2 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City

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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (December 1, 2019)
1st Sunday of Advent

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

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 814, Baronius 866, Campion 410).



Excita, quǽsumus, Dómine, tuórum fidélium voluntátes: ut, divíni óperis fructum propénsius exsequéntes; pietátis tuæ remédia maióra percípiant.

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful : that, more earnestly seeking the fruit of divine grace, they may the more abundantly receive the healing gifts of thy mercy.



Propítius esto, Dómine, supplicatiónibus nostris: et, pópuli tui oblatiónibus precibúsque suscéptis, ómnium nostrum ad te corda convérte; ut, a terrenis cupiditátibus liberáti, ad cœléstia desidéria transeámus.

Be favourable, O Lord, to our supplications, and receiving the prayers and offerings of thy people, turn all our hearts to thee : that, being freed from earthly lusts, we may go forward to desires of heaven.



Concéde nobis, quǽsumus, Dómine: ut per hæc sacraménta quæ súmpsimus, quidquid in nostra mente vitiósum est, ipsorum medicatiónis dono curétur.

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that whatever is diseased in our mind may be cured by the healing operation of the sacrament we have received.




and THE FOUR LAST THINGS – Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell

The extraordinary-form missal's temporal cycle ends with this last Sunday after Pentecost, and with it our annual liturgical journey through the spiritual history of the world which begins anew each year with the First Sunday of Advent.


Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement (altar wall of the Sistine Chapel)


For this reason, the prayers and readings of today’s Mass turn our attention to the four last things—death, judgement, heaven, hell—and especially to the second coming and final judgment, when Christ will return with power and majesty to judge the living and the dead.


This Sunday's Gospel (Matthew 24:15-35) is one of the most powerful and memorable readings of the whole Church year at Mass in the extraordinary form:


When you see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place . . . . For false christs and false prophets will arise, and will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. . . . .  But immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven . . . . and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with great power and majesty. . . . .”


This apocalyptic reading was heard annually in the usus antiquior for well over a thousand years. But it—along with numerous other “hard” or “judgmental” scriptural readings—was deleted from the newer ordinary form lectionary. Therefore it has not been heard at Mass in the typical parish during the past half-century. Click here for a discussion of the elimination of the Antichrist from the Novus Ordo lectionary.


The Antichrist, the abomination of desolation, standing in the holy place



In a traditional Matins reading for this last Sunday of the liturgical year, St. Basil warns of the final judgement that awaits each of us:


When the inclination to sin comes upon you, I wish you would think of this dread and awful tribunal of Christ, where He will sit and judge on His throne on high. There every creature will appear, and stand trembling in His presence, and there shall we be led, one by one, to give an account of the actions of our life. And immediately afterwards those who in life have wrought much evil will be surrounded by fearful and hideous angels, who will throw them headlong into a bottomless pit where in impenetrable darkness burns a fire which gives no light;


Think of that bottomless pit, the impenetrable darkness, the lightless fire, burning, but not glowing, the poisonous mass of worms, preying upon the flesh, ever feeding, and never filled, causing by their gnawing unbearable agony lastly, the greatest punishment of all, shame and confusion forever. Have a dread of these things, and pierced by this dread, use it as a bridle to help keep your soul from being drawn away by concupiscence into sin.


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The gate to Hell in Dante’s Inferno

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”


Commentary on the Last Sunday after Pentecost

The 6-page propers leaflet (here) for this Mass includes almost two pages of patristic commentary on the liturgy for this last Sunday of the Church year—the second coming of Christ preceded by the appearance of the Antichrist and the end of time. Feel free to take a copy with you to contemplate during the week in preparation for the First Sunday of Advent.


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