KNOXVILLE LATIN MASS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

 

MASS THIS SUNDAY (April 22, 2018)

3rd Sunday after Easter

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

     St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

     Asperges Rite:   Vidi aquam  (566)

Order of Mass:  Missalette or Campion Missal (569)

     Proper Prayers and Readings  (275) – online here, leaflet here

     Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei:  Mass I – Lux et erigo (696)

Preface of Easter (Campion 687 or propers leaflet)

Final Marian Antiphon:  Regina Caeli - throughout Eastertide until Trinity Sunday

          (online here, Campion Missal 954, Angelus Missal 116, Baronius Missal 121)

8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

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

 

MASS NEXT SUNDAY (April 29, 2018)
4th Sunday after Easter

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland

 

Jubilato Deo, omnis terra
“Shout with joy to God, all the earth”

 

The Introit of this Sunday’s Mass. And the title Jubilato Deo of the booklet—of simple Gregorian chant settings in Latin of the parts of the Ordinary of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei—that Pope Paul VI issued in 1974, following the Vatican II instruction that “"steps must be taken to ensure that the faithful are able to chant together in Latin those parts of the ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.  In an accompanying letter (here) to the Catholic bishops of the world, the pope asked them to see that the faithful learn this “minimal repertoire of plain chant” and sing these chants at Mass.

 

As Pope Benedict XVI reiterated in his post-synodal exhortation of 2007: “I desire, in accordance with the request advanced by the Synod Fathers, that Gregorian chant be suitably esteemed and employed as the chant proper to the Roman liturgy.

 

How has this worked out in your home parish or diocese? Has it faithfully implemented the Vatican II directions that Latin be preserved in the liturgy and that Gregorian chant be given the principal place in its sacred music.

 

SUMMORUM PONTIFICEM 10TH ANNIVERSARY LATIN MASS AT

THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

 

1 pm this coming Saturday, April 28

Live worldwide broadcast on EWTN

 

 

 

This solemn pontifical Latin Mass at the throne will be offered in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  This will be only the second such Mass at the Basilica’s main high altar since 1969.  The first one was in the great upper church of the basilica shrine in 2010, with over 3,500 people filling the largest church in North America. News release:

 

WASHINGTON 4/10/2018 -- The organizers of the traditional Latin solemn pontifical Mass announced details today on the liturgy planned for April 28. The Mass, to be celebrated by His Excellency Alexander Sample, archbishop of Portland in Oregon, will be broadcast live and worldwide on EWTN. No tickets are required to attend in person, and all are encouraged to fill the pews of the upper church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the 28th at 1 p.m.

In addition to Archbishop Sample, priests who will be serving as sacred ministers include two diocesan priests, four from the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter and two from the Institute of Christ the King. Dozens of other clergy will process and sit in choir, and women religious will be in the front pews at the Mass.

Music will be a significant part of the April 28 Mass, sponsored by the Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy. The choir of the basilica shrine will sing "Missa Salve Regina" by Victoria as the ordinary of the Mass, and several Renaissance polyphony motets by Palestrina, Ugolini, Monteverdi, Clemens, Manchicourt and Marenzio. The propers of the Mass will be sung by the Saint Mary Mother of God schola in Washington, D.C. Several preludes will be sung by guest choirs, including one from the Lyceum School in South Euclid, Ohio, and another choir from Saint John the Baptist Church in Allentown, N.J.

April 28's solemn pontifical Mass in the basilica shrine in D.C. will be the second such Mass in the upper church since 1969, this one commemorating the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum," which greatly expanded the use of the traditional Latin sacraments, including Mass. The Mass to be offered will be a votive commemorating the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the basilica dedicated to Our Lady.

 

Archbishop Alexander Sample

 

The Most Beautiful Thing This Side of Heaven"

The famous words of the nineteenth century English Oratorian, Fr. Frederick Faber, describing the venerable Latin Mass of the Ages. He continued:

 

"It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with the celestial charming, so that our very senses seemed to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste, and touch beyond what earth can give".

 

 

A MASS FOR ALL FIVE SENSES

Extracted from an article (here) by the Charlotte Catholic blogger Brian Williams (the Liturgy Guy):

    

“As every Mass is a re-presentation of Calvary, and the altar itself the place where heaven and earth meet, . . . is it any wonder that more of the faithful are seeking a liturgy which seeks to restore a sense of the sacred?

    

“For many today, the Traditional Latin Mass is fulfilling just such a need.  Rediscovering the manner in which the Church has worshipped for centuries has helped a growing number of Catholics to encounter the Lord more deeply.  What many are realizing is just how effectively, and beautifully, the traditional Masses engages our senses.  Indeed, it is the Mass for all senses.”

    

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Praying the Confiteor before Holy Communion

 

Sight

The Latin Mass presents a visual which immediately speaks to the true focus of our adoration and worship. As the priest offers the Mass ad orientem (facing the altar or the liturgical east) we immediately recognize that the liturgy is not about us.  This is something that simply must be experienced by the faithful to fully appreciate.  . . .  As the priest spends much of the Traditional Mass facing the same direction as the faithful, speaking Latin the entire time, there is little confusion as to who he is speaking to.

     

Hearing

The use of a liturgical language is another manner in which the traditional Mass effectively engages our senses.  Maintaining an aura of mystery and antiquity, the liturgical use of Latin immediately transports the faithful from the secular into the sacred.  The familiarity and comfort of the vernacular is left behind as we enter into the Holy Mass. 

    

However, it is also the absence of sound that catches our attention.  This becomes most obvious during that most venerable of prayers, the Canon of the Mass.  Dating back at least to the sixth century and Pope St. Gregory the Great, the Roman Canon (called Eucharistic Prayer 1 in the New Mass) is spoken nearly inaudibly by the priest.  The great nineteenth century Benedictine liturgist Dom Prosper Guéranger describes this silence by stating that the priest “then enters within the cloud” with his voice not being heard again until the “Great Prayer is concluded”. This silence is only interrupted at the moment of consecration by the ringing of Sanctus bells, signifying Our Lord’s presence on the Altar.

    

Finally, if one is so blessed as to hear a High Mass, they will be treated to some of the most beautiful music ever created.  . . . Liturgical music, true sacred music, is Gregorian chant and polyphony.  . .  From canonized popes (St. Pius X) to ecumenical councils (Vatican II), Holy Mother Church has consistently reaffirmed that this music is most appropriate for the Mass. 

    

Smell

The use of incense within the Mass communicates to our olfactory receptors that we have entered into the sacred as this is not a scent identified with the hum drum of daily life.  . . .  he Church incorporates the use of incense during the Mass to symbolize the smoke of purification and sanctification.  Incense is also understood to represent the prayers of the faithful rising to heaven.

    

Touch

Our sense of touch is most fully realized through the frequent posture of kneeling within the ancient rite.  Simply put, we kneel more at the old Mass.  . . .  During the Creed we also kneel when professing that Christ was incarnated and born of the Virgin Mary.  Most notably, the faithful kneel to receive Holy Communion. 

    

Taste

The final of the five senses is taste.  The reception of Holy Communion, kneeling and on the tongue, fosters a true sense of awareness in the faithful.  We are more clearly able to perceive what it is (or more accurately Who it is) we cannot touch.  In the Traditional Mass only the consecrated hands of the priest touches Holy Communion.  This was the universal practice of the Church for over a thousand years and, now more than ever, speaks to the sacredness of the moment. 

    

Conclusion

This most sublime moment of Holy Communion concludes our walk through the Mass of all senses.  Understanding and appreciating that we are indeed both body and spirit, the Traditional Mass engages each of our five senses, thereby drawing us even deeper into the Eucharistic mystery.  . . .  May the Mass of the Saints lift our spirits toward heaven through the engagement of our senses.

 

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