MASS THIS SUNDAY (October 24, 2021)

22nd Sunday after Pentecost

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

    Visiting Celebrant: Fr. Benedict Nivakoff from the Benedictines in Norcia

    Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me

Proper Prayers and Readings – online here, leaflet here

     (Angelus 807, Baronius 858, Campion 402)

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

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

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

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


8 am, St. 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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (October 31, 2021)

Feast of Christ the King

8 am, St. 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 807, Baronius 858, Campion 402)



Deus, refúgium nostrum et virtus: adésto piis Ecclésiæ tuæ précibus, auctor ipse pietátis, et præsta; ut, quod fidéliter pétimus, efficáciter consequámur.

O God, our refuge and our strength, source of all devotion, hear the devout prayers of thy Church, and grant that what in faith we ask, we may in effect obtain.



Da, miséricors Deus: ut hæc salutáris oblátio et a própriis nos reátibus indesinénter expédiat, et ab ómnibus tueátur advérsis.

Grant, O merciful God, that this saving oblation may ever free us from our own guilt, and keep us from all harm. 



Súmpsimus, Dómine, sacri dona mystérii, humíliter deprecántes: ut, quæ in tui commemoratiónem nos fácere præcepísti, in nostræ profíciant infirmitátis auxílium.

We have received, O Lord, the gifts of this sacred mystery, humbly beseeching thee that what thou hast bid us do in commemoration of thee, may avail us for help in our weakness.






To round out this October month of the Holy Rosary, we offer the hymns of the traditional Divine Office for Our Lady of the Rosary. Which provide beautiful and evocative reflections that we can use to contemplate the joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries as we pray the Rosary.


First Vespers Hymn – The Joyful Mysteries


The messenger from God's high throne   [The Annunciation]
His secret counsel making known
Hails Mary, child of David's race,
God's Virgin-Mother, full of grace.

The Mother-Maid with joyous feet  
[The Visitation]
Her friend, John's mother, goes to greet;
He, stirring in the enclosing womb,
Declares that Christ his Lord has come.

The Word, who ere the worlds began,  
[The Birth of Our Lord]
From God the Father's thought forth ran,
Of Mary, Virgin undefiled,
For us is born a mortal child.

Christ to the temple courts they bring;  
[The Presentation in the Temple]
The King's own law subjects the King;
The world's Redeemer for a price
Is there redeemed, our sacrifice.

The joyful Mother finds once more  
[The Finding of Our Lord]
The Son she mourned as lost before;
While doctors by his speech were shown
The mysteries they had never known.


Matins Hymn – The Sorrowful Mysteries


The Mount of Olives witnesseth  [The Agony in the Garden]
The awful agony of God:
His soul is sorrowful to death,
His sweat of blood bedews the sod.

And now the traitor's work is done:
   [The Scourging at the Pillar]

The clamorous crowds around him surge;
Bound to pillar, God the Son
Quivers beneath the blood-red scourge.

Lo! clad in purple soiled and worn,  
[The Crowning with Thorns]
Meekly the Saviour waiteth now
While wretches plait the cruel thorn
To crown with shame his royal brow.

Sweating and sighing, faint with loss  
[The Carrying of the Cross]
Of what hath flowed from life's red fount,
He bears the exceeding heavy cross
Up to the verge of Calvary's mount.

Nailed to the wood of ancient curse,  
[The Crucifixion]
Between two thieves the sinless one
Still praying for his murderers,
Breathes forth his soul, and all is done!


Lauds Hymn – The Glorious Mysteries


Now Christ, the conqueror of death,   [The Resurrection of Our Lord]
Breaks sin's enslaving chain,
And rising from the tomb returns,
And opens heaven again.

Awhile beheld by mortal men,  
[The Ascension of Our Lord]
He rises from their sight;
Ascending to the Father's throne,
He reigns in equal light.

His promised gift unto his own  
[The Descent of the Holy Spirit]

He sends forth from above,
And rains the Holy Spirit down
In fiery tongues of love.

The Virgin, freed of mortal weight,  
[The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin]

Is borne than stars yet higher,
And with glad melody is hailed
By each angelic choir.

Our Mother's gentle brow now shines  
[The Coronation of Our Blessed Mother]
With crown in starry sheen,
As nigh her Son, in light enthroned,
She reigns creation's Queen.


One way to contemplate the mysteries concretely when praying the Rosary is to read the appropriate verse above before each decade of Hail Marys, and then reflect on its scriptural imagery and allusions throughout the decade.


For convenient reference when praying the Rosary, a link is provided at the KLMC home page


The following collect is a familiar Marian prayer that is often added at the end when reciting the Rosary.


Collect for Our Lady of the Rosary

Deus, cuius Unigénitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectiónem suam nobis salútis ætérnæ præmia comparávit: concéde, quǽsumus; ut, hæc mystéria sacratíssimo beátæ Maríæ Vírginis Rosário recoléntes, et imitémur, quod cóntinent, et quod promíttunt, assequámur.

O God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death and resurrection, hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech thee, that meditating upon these mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.

When has the Rosary ever been needed more than now,

for our protection from enemies both within and without?


PRAYER TO SAINT JOSEPH – Ad te beate Ioseph


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. 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.


O most watchful Guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be propitious to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness; 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; 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.


Published in Pope Leo XIII’s 1889 encyclical on devotion to St. Joseph. But when has the Church needed more than now help in its struggle with the power of darkness and protection from the snares of the enemy?