MASS THIS SUNDAY (January 17, 2021)

2nd Sunday after Epiphany

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

     Proper Prayers and Readings online here, leaflet here

                 (Angelus 248, Baronius 256, Campion 61)

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

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

Preface of the Holy Trinity (Angelus 874, Baronius 884, Campion 598)
Final Marian Antiphon:  Alma Redemptoris Mater – from Advent to the Purification

     (Angelus 114, Baronius 119, Campion 947, 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 (January 24, 2021)
3rd Sunday after Epiphany

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





   (Angelus 248, Baronius 256, Campion 61)



Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui cœléstia simul et terréna moderáris: supplicatiónes pópuli tui cleménter exáudi; et pacem tuam nostris concéde tempóribus.

Almighty and eternal God, who rulest all things both in heaven and on earth : mercifully hear the prayers of thy people, and grant us thy peace in our times.


Epistle    Romans 12: 6-16


Gospel    John 2: 1-11



Oblata, Dómine, múnera sanctífica: nosque a peccatórum nostrórum máculis emúnda.

Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts which we offer : and cleanse us from the stains of our sins.



Augeátur in nobis, quǽsumus, Dómine, tuæ virtútis operatio: ut divínis vegetáti sacraméntis, ad eórum promíssa capiénda, tuo múnere præparémur.

May the operation of thy power, we beseech thee, O Lord, be increased in us : that being quickened by thy divine sacraments, we may, by thy bounty be prepared to receive what they promise.


In comparison with the more expansive orations for the last two “feast Sundays” (the Holy Name and the Holy Family), note the conciseness of these prayers—typical for the “time throughout the year” (aka “ordinary time”).




Serious Catholics live and breathe the liturgical calendar of the Church, with its overlapping sanctoral and temporal cycles, its saints and seasons.


We have now completed two of the briefer but more festive seasons of the Church year, which together make up the 20 days of Christmastide:


-      The Season of Christmas consisting of the traditional “twelve days of Christmas” from December 25 through January 5 (the eve of the Epiphany).


-      The Season of Epiphany consisting of the liturgical octave of 8 days beginning with the feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord on January 6 and ending with the Baptism of the Lord on January 13.


We have now entered the


Season after Epiphany, which extends from January 14 through the eve of Septuagesima Sunday, the first of the three pre-Lenten Sundays on the traditional (extraordinary form) Church calendar.


On the traditional extraordinary form calendar, the Sundays of the season after Epiphany are counted as “Sundays after Epiphany”. They correspond to the initial “Sundays of ordinary time” on the newer ordinary form calendar. Depending on the date of Easter in a given year, there may be anywhere from one to six of these Sundays between the Epiphany and Septuagesima Sunday.



The liturgy of this extended period features the great Epiphany Gospels given us by the Church (in the traditional calendar and liturgy) on the principal feasts and Sundays of this season. Each of these Gospels presents a particular manifestation (or “epiphany”) of the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On this Second Sunday after Epiphany we recall His manifestation of His divinity in his first miracle at Cana, as described in this Sunday’s Gospel (John 2:1-11):


At the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, Jesus, at His Mother’s bidding, changes water into wine.


And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there.  And Jesus also was invited, and his disciples, to the marriage.  And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to him: They have no wine.  And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to me and to thee?  My hour is not yet come.  His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye.  (John 2:1-5)


The Marriage at Cana (Maerten de Vos, c. 1596)



Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece.  Jesus saith to them: Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.  And Jesus saith to them: Draw out now, and carry to the chief steward of the feast. And they carried it.  And when the chief steward had tasted the water made wine, and knew not whence it was, but the waiters knew who had drawn the water; the chief steward calleth the bridegroom,  And saith to him: Every man at first setteth forth good wine, and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But thou hast kept the good wine until now.  This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee; and manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:6-11)





On December 8, 1870, Pope Pius IX declared St. Joseph to be Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the decree of Pius IX, Pope Francis has announced a Year of Saint Joseph—extending from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.


The Apostolic Penitentiary—the supreme penitential tribunal of the Church—has announced special plenary indulgences available to the faithful during this special year, under the usual conditions: Sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father without any attachment to sin.


Numerous ways for obtaining a plenary indulgence during the Year of St. Joseph are listed here. Among these are the recitation of the Holy Rosary in the family, the recitation of the Litany of Saint Joseph, or any approved prayer to Saint Joseph—like the Pope Leo’s prayer “To thee, o Blessed Joseph” (here)—especially on the feast days of March 19 and May 1, on the feast of the Holy Family, on the 19th of every month, and on every Wednesday, the day dedicated to recalling Saint Joseph.




What is a plenary indulgence?

A plenary indulgence is the remission before God of all temporal punishment due—either here on earth while still alive, or in purgatory after death--to sin already remitted and forgiven. A plenary indulgence is granted by the Church, which has the power to dispense the treasures gained through the merits and sacrifices of Christ and of the Saints.




Pope Leo reported a vision in the 1880s in which he foresaw a century of attacks on the Faith from within and without the Church. For protection against error and corruption of belief, he composed and urged on the faithful both the familiar prayer to St. Michael (original complete form here) and the following Prayer to St. Joseph:


AD te beate Ioseph, in tribulatione nostra confugimus, atque, implorato Sponsae tuae sanctissimae auxilio, patrocinium quoque tuum fidenter exposcimus.

TO thee, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also.

Per eam, quaesumus quae te cum immaculata Virgine Dei Genetrice coniunxit, caritatem, perque paternum, quo Puerum Iesum amplexus es, amorem, supplices deprecamur, ut ad hereditatem, quam Iesus Christus acquisivit Sanguine suo, benignus respicias, ac necessitatibus nostris tua virtute et ope succurras.

Through that charity which bound thee to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which thou embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg thee to graciously regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with thy power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

Tuere, o Custos providentissime divinae Familiae, Iesu Christi subolem electam;

O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;

prohibe a nobis, amantissime Pater, omnem errorum ac corruptelarum luem;

O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence;

propitius nobis, sospitator noster fortissime, in hoc cum potestate tenebrarum certamine e caelo adesto;

O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness;

et sicut olim Puerum Iesum e summo eripuisti vitae discrimine, ita nunc Ecclesiam sanctam Dei ab hostilibus insidiis atque ab omni adversitate defende:

and, as once thou rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;

nosque singulos perpetuo tege patrocinio, ut ad tui exemplar et ope tua suffulti, sancte vivere, pie emori, sempiternamque in caelis beatitudinem assequi possimus.


shield, too, each one of us by thy constant protection, so that, supported by thy example and thy aid, we may be able to live piously, to die holy, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.



For ready reference, a link (here) to this indulgenced prayer will remain visible at the KLMC home page throughout this Year of Saint Joseph.



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