MASS THIS SUNDAY (July 21, 2019)

6th 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  (336) – online here, leaflet here

Ordinary:  Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei  Mass XI Orbis Factor (727)

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)

Third-Sunday Brunch After Mass This Sunday at Holy Ghost


8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (July 28, 2019)

7th Sunday after Pentecost

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

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


PROPER ORATIONS FOR THE 6th Sunday after Pentecost


In preparation for this Sunday’s Mass, compare the translations below with those in your own personal hand missal (e.g., Angelus 736, Baronius 782, Campion 336).



Deus virtútum, cuius est totum quod est óptimum: ínsere pectóribus nostris amórem tui nóminis, et præsta in nobis religiónis augméntum; ut, quæ sunt bona, nútrias, ac pietátis stúdio, quæ sunt nutríta, custódias.

O God of hosts, to whom belongeth all that is best: implant in our hearts the love of thy name, and grant us an increase of religion, that thou mayest nourish in us what is good, and by the fervour of our piety mayest preserve in us what thou hast nourished.




Propitiáre, Dómine, supplicatiónibus nostris, et has pópuli tui oblatiónes benígnus assúme: et, ut nullíus sit írritum votum, nullíus vácua postulátio, præsta; ut, quod fidéliter pétimus, efficáciter consequámur.

Be appeased, O Lord, by our humble prayers, and mercifully receive these offerings of thy people: and that the prayer of none may be fruitless, nor the petition of any in vain, grant that what we ask faithfully we may effectually obtain.



Repléti sumus, Dómine, munéribus tuis: tríbue, quǽsumus; ut eórum et mundémur efféctu et muniámur auxílio.

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we who have been replenished with thy gifts may be cleansed by their effects and shielded by their aid.


The Gospel for this Sunday is the account in Mark 8:1-9 of the multiplication of loaves—prefiguring the Eucharist—in which Our Lord used “seven loaves and a few little fishes” to feed 4000 men (plus perhaps over 10 thousand women and children?), with seven baskets of fragments left over. A tiresome modernist heresy, currently making the rounds once again, is that no actual miracle of multiplication took place—instead, merely a mass act of sharing, with everyone inspired to share with others his own loaf of bread he’d brought under his cloak. (A heresy that seems especially obtuse in light of Jesus saying “I have compassion on the multitude, for behold they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat. And if I shall send them away fasting to their home, they will faint in the way; for some of them came from afar off.” If they’d already been hungry for three days, and had nothing left for the trip home, what was left for them to share?)






Since its beginning, the Church has sanctified the hours of each day with liturgical prayer “seven times daily and once at night” (in the words of a psalmist centuries before the time of Christ). By the time of St. Benedict (480-543 AD—who said Nihil operi Dei praeponatur (“Let nothing be preferred to the work of God”, that is, the divine office of prayer)—this daily routine of structured prayer had taken the following form:


Matins (night)

Lauds (dawn)

Prime (early morning)

Terce (mid-morning)

Sext (midday)

None (mid-afternoon)

Vespers (dusk)

Compline (bedtime)


These eight so-called “hours” of prayer—actually averaging more like a fraction of an hour each—consist largely of psalms and associated antiphons, responses, readings, hymns, and prayers. Together they make up the Divine Office, the Officium Divinum (officium = duty, service, responsibility). The Divine Office and the Mass together comprise the official liturgy of the Church.



And for roughly the past 15 centuries priests, clerics, and religious have been obligated to offer up the Church’s official prayer—as the Body of Christ praying unceasingly in union with Christ its Head—by reciting or chanting the Divine Office daily.


The Roman Breviary   By the 16th century the multiple texts previously used for this purpose had been gathered into a single source—the Roman Breviary, usually printed today in several volumes totaling over 6000 pages. All 150 psalms are prayed on a weekly cycle, with antiphons, hymns, readings, and prayers varying from day to day in accordance with the Church’s sanctoral and seasonal cycles.


Click this image or the one below for description, introduction, sample pages, etc.


But how can the busy working layman or young family with children participate in this divine labor of corporate prayer? (When a complex 6000-page breviary makes about as much sense for them as a 2000-page Latin-English missal in the hands of a kindergartner.) A thousand year old answer to this question:


The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a shorter form of the Divine Office, prayed in honor of the BVM. It has long been the Church's daily liturgical prayer to Our Lady, and this briefer form has been used by priests, religious and laity throughout the centuries. During the middle ages, lay people flocked to the great cathedrals and larger churches to publicly recite the Little Office.


For those who don’t recite the fuller Divine Office, but still wish to participate in the liturgical prayer of the Church, or for those who have a particular devotion to the holy Mother of God, there is no finer form of prayer than the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Each of the “hours” of the Little Office requires only 10-15 minutes to pray. Each individual hour remains the same for all seven days of the week, so young children readily assimilate them as they grow up. It’s reported that during the Age of Faith, children commonly learned to read using the Little Office of the BVM.


Since lay Catholics have no general obligation to pray the whole Office, any convenient combination of daily Hours can be selected. A common “working man’s Office” consists of Prime in the morning before work, Sext at lunchtime, and Compline in the evening after the day’s work is done. Or just Prime and Compline, to at least begin and end each day with brief prayer.


Caveat emptor  The slim Little Office volume pictured above conforms to the 1961 editio typica of the traditional Roman Breviary. So with it you can pray in the traditional way as successive generations before have done. However, most “little office” books marketed by online booksellers (e.g., Amazon) are post-Vatican II versions with a quite different formulation and organization. Before making a purchase (here) you can check out the authentic traditional Little Office online.(*)


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First, a big Thank You to all those who support the traditional Mass at Holy Ghost Church by their regular contributions to the Knoxville Latin Mass Community (KLMC).


Your faithful support provides all that’s special and required for the glorious Latin liturgy that we enjoy here every Sunday at noon. This includes our fine sacred music, beautiful vestments, Latin Mass altar appointments, stipends for visiting priests and special occasions, and everything else that’s needed, from candles to missalettes. All these expenses are covered solely by donations directly to the KLMC (rather than by the general parish budget). So please use the special addressed Knoxville Latin Mass Community envelopes, or donate online (here).


Our Latin Mass, as a regularly scheduled Holy Ghost parish Mass, plays an integral role in the liturgical life of the parish. (And, with its attendance more than doubling in recent years, is the fastest growing among the parish’s five Sunday Masses.)


So let’s not forget our duty—in addition to specific support of the Latin liturgy via the KLMC—to share the parish load of general operating expense and debt reduction, through general Sunday collections and Holy Ghost parish envelopes. Donations designated for the Holy Ghost building fund—e.g., by writing “Building Fund” on the memo line of a check payable to Holy Ghost Church—stay wholly within the parish and are used solely to pay off our substantial parish building debt.


To receive a weekly notice of the Latin Mass newsletter when it is posted (here) at the Knoxville Latin Mass Community web site . . . Just send your name and e-mail to  The posted e-mail version has live internet links, and usually includes photos and other features that don’t fit in the printed version.  Typically, the weekly online newsletter is several times longer than the occasional brief Sunday handout.


(*)At the Divinum Officium home page (here) select the entries


            All  -  Rubrics 1960  -  English  -  Parvum B.V.M.


in the four menus at the bottom.