MASS THIS SUNDAY (September 24, 2017)

16th 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 (377) – 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)

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (October 1, 2017)

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

(No Latin Mass in Cleveland on October 1)


Benedict XVI, the new Nehemiah, who rekindled the hidden fire



(From Rorate Caeli) On the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, we praise the heritage of Pope Benedict XVI, who recognized the grievous injustice of the attempted but impossible abolition of the Apostolic Mass of the Latin Church and freed it from its shackles, thereby rekindling the fire of the Church’s traditional Latin liturgy after its 40-year exile, as Nehemiah rekindled the fire of the Jewish liturgy after its Babylonian exile long ago.

Ad multos annos, Papa Ratzinger!


From the Second Book of the Maccabees, chapter 1:


Blessed be God in all things, who hath delivered up the wicked.

Therefore whereas we purpose to keep the purification of the temple on the five and twentieth day of the month of Casleu, we thought it necessary to signify it to you: that you also may keep the day of Scenopegia, and the day of the fire, that was given when Nehemiah offered sacrifice, after the temple and the altar was built. For when our fathers were led into [Babylon], the priests that then were worshippers of God took privately the fire from the altar, and hid it in a valley where there was a deep pit without water, and there they kept it safe, so that the place was unknown to all men. But when many years had passed, and it pleased God that Nehemiah should be sent by the king of Persia, he sent some of the posterity of those priests that had hid it, to seek for the fire: and as they told us, they found no fire, but thick water.


Then he bade them draw it up, and bring it to him: and the priest Nehemiah commanded the sacrifices that were laid on, to be sprinkled with the same water, both the wood, and the things that were laid upon it. And when this was done, and the time came that the sun shone out, which before was in a cloud, there was a great fire kindled, so that all wondered. And all the priests made prayer, while the sacrifice was consuming, Jonathan beginning, and the rest answering.


And the prayer of Nehemiah was after this manner:


O Lord God,

Creator of all things,

dreadful and strong,

just and merciful, who alone art the good king,

Who alone art gracious, who alone art just, and almighty, and eternal,

Who deliverest Israel from all evil, who didst choose the fathers and didst sanctify them:

Receive the sacrifice for all thy people Israel,

and preserve thy own portion, and sanctify it.

Gather together our scattered people,

deliver them that are slaves to the Gentiles,

and look upon them that are despised and abhorred:

that the Gentiles may know that thou art our God.

Punish them that oppress us, and that treat us injuriously with pride.

Establish thy people in thy holy place, as Moses hath spoken.


And the priests sung hymns till the sacrifice was consumed.





On September 14—the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross—Bishop Joseph Perry (Auxiliary of Chicago) celebrated a magnificent solemn Pontifical Mass in Philadelphia’s  Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, in thanksgiving for the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum on the tenth anniversary of its coming into effect on September 14, 2007, thereby restoring the traditional Latin Mass to the official liturgy of the Church. Click the image below for a professional quality video of the complete ceremony.



The glorious sacred music—with organ, orchestra, choir and schola—for the Mass included Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C-major, (the “Sparrow” Mass), Elgar’s Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, Monteverdi’s Adoramus te, Christe, and John Blow’s Salvator Mundi, in addition to the proper Gregorian chants. Some snapshots from the video:












What’s different about a solemn pontifical Mass in the usus antiquior?


A solemn pontifical Mass is celebrated by a bishop. In the Tridentine rite, it is distinguished from an “ordinary” solemn high Mass by a number of additional ceremonies and roles that require numerous additional clerical ministers and servers. The following reflection (here) of Peter Kwasniewski, on a solemn pontifical Mass he attended in Europe earlier this year, may apply as well to this very special Mass in Philadelphia last week:

“The liturgy was glorious. The majesty of the pontifical ceremonies . . . raised our minds and hearts to the threshold of the heavenly Jerusalem. . . . .

“[This] is how I experience a solemn Pontifical Mass, as I follow the audible prayers or pray in silence, and hear the music gently pulsing through the spacious temple: it is a certain fullness of worship that already exists, so to speak, outside myself — it exists exemplarily in the heavenly Jerusalem . . . . and I am granted the undeserved privilege of entering into it, taking part in it, participating in it. [Thus, the actual prayerful participation famously envisioned by Vatican II, which nowadays is common (only?) at traditional Latin Masses.]

 This fundamental contrast was brought home to me by the very ‘passivity’ of the laity (as the progressive liturgists would have seen it) at Saturday's liturgy. We did not do much of anything, at least outwardly. The Schola sang the Propers; the Choir sang the Mass Ordinary; the ministers in the sanctuary sang and whispered most of the prayers; the people sat quietly in the pews, opening their mouths occasionally for a thunderous ‘Et cum spiritu tuo’ or ‘Amen.’ And yet, I felt intensely involved, intensely connected with what was happening around me and before me—I was taking part through and through in the whole that was set before me, taking as much a part of it as I could. . . . It was the greatest privilege to receive, to watch and listen, pray and adore. Nothing more was needed to make this participation complete, as it already summoned and satisfied all of my powers.


“Do your best to get to a solemn Pontifical Mass. This experience teaches more than any books can teach.”


Most of us may rarely if ever have the opportunity to experience in person the majesty of a traditional Latin solemn pontifical Mass. But a video like this one may at least afford a vicarious participation in the heavenly liturgy of which such a solemn pontifical Mass in all its glory is the fullest earthly reflection.



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