MASS THIS SUNDAY (September 23, 2018)

18th 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  (385) – online here, leaflet here

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

Preface of the Holy Trinity (Missalettes; Campion 598, Angelus 875, Baronius 884)
Final Marian Antiphon:  Salve Regina – from Trinity Sunday until Advent

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

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (September 30, 2018)
19th Sunday after Pentecost

12 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

8 am, St. Mary Church, Athens

(No Sept. 30 Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland)



Michaelmas Celebration

5 pm, Saturday, September 29

Sung Traditional Latin Mass

      (NOT an anticipated Mass of Sunday)

Followed by Traditional Michaelmas Goose Dinner

Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville





Just 10 years ago the traditional rite Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles comprised a few nuns living in borrowed space near a high school. Today their spacious convent in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (Missouri) is complete—and already is virtually overflowing with professed nuns, novices, and postulants. The principal labor of this order—though their Gregorian chant CDs (here) and the vestments they make (here) are both famous—is praying for priests and bishops “seven times a day and once at night” in singing in the traditional Latin divine office (daily schedule here).



On September 9 their new abbey church was consecrated in a seven and a half hour restoration of the traditional Latin rite for the consecration of a new church—bringing to life once again the most elaborate and mysterious ceremonies afforded by the Church’s ancient Roman liturgy. The complete 7 hour 43 minute video, concluding with the solemn pontifical Mass of dedication:



For those without enough time to view the whole video, here are direct links to some of the highlights:


Litany of the Saints                                  Incensation and Anointing of the Altar

Inscription of Greek and Latin alphabets in sand in a cross on the floor

Consecration of the Altar                          Burning of Incense on the Altar

Placing of Holy Relics in Sepulchre            Beginning of Solemn Pontifical Mass


 A few screen grabs from the video of the concluding pontifical Mass:


Note the St. Andrew’s cross of sand on the floor,

in which the bishop inscribes the Greek and Latin alphabets.








A PDF text of the booklet is available here. Some comments from Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (here):


Yesterday I had the great privilege of participating in the consecration of the new abbey church of the monastic community of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles near Gower, MO.   The rites of consecration and the Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool after took over 7 hours.


The prayers and gestures of the Pontifical Mass, according to the pre-1961 Pontificale Romanum, are of stunning beauty and mystical depth.


Here are a few pics.   I am still gathering my thoughts about what to write about the profound rites themselves.   There were moments when I found it hard to breathe.  There were moments when I had to wipe away tears.   Most of the time, I beamed at the spectacular symbolism and significance of the event.


For a hint at a super cool element of the rite . . . You will see that a priest is constantly “orbiting” and incensing. He does this continuously for a long time. Occasionally he pauses and one of the servers hands him a newly charged thurible, which he blesses. Then he continues.


BTW… after the first part of the rites were completed outside, the religious and clergy entered and the doors were closed on the laity. Everything started at 9 and they were told that they would probably be allowed in for the rest of the rites at around 10:30. But at that time, there were still 15 pages to go in the booklet to the right moment. Eventually, they came in [shortly after noon!] with the procession of the relics.


There were many exorcisms and blessings and prayers around and around the outside and the inside to prepare the space. So, only the consecrated persons and servers were inside at first, preparing the space for the laity to enter. Then they came in to a blessed place, freed from the demonic influences of the Prince of this world. Then the altar was prepared in the heart of the space.


Think NUPTIAL imagery. The bridal chamber was prepared first for the entrance of the people with the relics (Church Militant together with Church Triumphant). Then the truly nuptial place was readied. Afterwards, the consummation of the space was accomplished with Holy Mass.




(left) Bishop Johnston     (right) after celebrating Mass here at Holy Ghost


The rites of consecration of the abbey church were celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Robert Finn and were attended in choro by the diocese’s current ordinary, Bishop James Vann Johnston, Jr. Bishop Johnston is a native of Knoxville’s Holy Ghost parish, and the son of James and Pat Vann Johnston. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s School, Knoxville Catholic High School and the University of Tennessee (1982 B.S. in electrical engineering).


As chancellor of the Diocese of Knoxville, he played the key role in the 2005 approval of our local traditional Latin Mass, and warmly supported the Knoxville Latin Mass Community from its inception. As pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church (Alcoa) he promoted the use of Latin chant in the liturgy, and some still recall a memorable full-page Sunday bulletin insert entitled “Latin and Lima Beans”, the gist of which was that both are good for you, whether you like them or not.


It was reported that one of Bp. Johnston’s very first official acts as newly appointed Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (Missouri) in 2008 was the recall of a traditional priest from the hinterlands of the diocese to celebrate a regular Tridentine Mass in his cathedral. In 2015 he was appointed Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, where he supports both a traditional Latin parish (ICKSP) and at least two other diocesan parishes with regular Sunday TLMs, as well as the traditional abbey of the Benedictines of Mary, which is closely associated with both the FSSP and the traditional Benedictine Clear Creek Monastery.



           (left) Bishop Johnston views procession with relics; (right) attends Mass in choro.


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