MASS THIS SUNDAY (October 23, 2016)
23nd Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

     Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me  (567)

     Order of Mass (569)

     Proper Prayers and Readings (406)

     Ordinary of the Mass:  Mass IX – Cum jubilo (731)

               Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

     Offertory:  Ave Maria (Victoria)          

     Preface of the Holy Trinity (598)

     Communion:  Panis Angelicus (Casciolini)

     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 30, 2016)

Feast of Christ the King

12:00 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville (Mass followed by Benediction)

12:00 pm, Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center, Benton





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Cardinal Robert Sarah heads the Congregation for Divine Worship, the Vatican

department which oversees the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church world-wide.


This past summer Card. Sarah gave a widely noted address in which he recalled Pope Francis’s observation that “there remains much to be done for a correct and complete assimilation” of Vatican II’s liturgical vision, and the pope’s request that he consider “the possibility and desirability of an official reform of the liturgical reform”—the post Vatican II liturgy—to bring it into line with the true intentions of the Council. Some quotes from that address (here) and from a forthcoming book (here and here):


“Pope Francis asked me to study the question of a reform of a reform and the way in which the two forms of the Roman rite could enrich each other.


 The full and rich celebration of the more ancient use of the Roman rite, the usus antiquior [the traditional Latin form] should be an important part of liturgical formation for clergy, for how can we begin to comprehend or celebrate the reformed rites with a hermeneutic of continuity if we have never experienced the beauty of the liturgical tradition which the Fathers of the Council themselves knew and which has produced so many saints over the centuries?


 I believe that it is very important that we return as soon as possible to a common orientation, of priests and the faithful turned together in the same direction [ad orientem]—Eastwards or at least towards the apse—to the Lord who comes, in those parts of the liturgical rites when we are addressing God. This practice is permitted by current liturgical legislation. It is perfectly legitimate in the modern rite. Indeed, I think it is a very important step in ensuring that in our celebrations the Lord is truly at the centre.


 “Pope Francis has asked me to continue the extraordinary liturgical work Pope Benedict began. Just because we have a new pope does not mean that his predecessor’s vision is now invalid. On the contrary, as we know, our Holy Father Pope Francis has the greatest respect for the liturgical vision and measures Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI implemented in utter fidelity to the intentions and aims of the Council Fathers.


 “We must get the right balance between the vernacular languages and the use of Latin in the liturgy. The Council never intended to insinuate that the Roman rite be exclusively celebrated in the vernacular.


 “Two bodily dispositions are helpful, indeed indispensable here. The first is silence. If I am never silent, if the liturgy gives me no space for silent prayer and contemplation, how can I adore Christ, how can I connect with him in my heart and soul? Silence is very important, and not only before and after the liturgy. . . . Where kneeling and genuflection have disappeared from the liturgy, they need to be restored, in particular for our reception of our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion. . . . Let us kneel in adoration and love before the Eucharistic Lord once again!


 “I do not hesitate to declare that sacred silence is a cardinal law of all liturgical celebration. It is not enough to prescribe “moments of silence” in order for the liturgy to be permeated with sacred silence. There is no true silence in the liturgy if we are not—with all our heart—turned toward the Lord.


 How can we enter into this interior disposition except by turning physically, all together, priest and faithful, toward the Lord who comes, toward the East symbolized by the apse where the cross is enthroned? The outward orientation leads us to the interior orientation that it symbolizes. Since apostolic times, Christians have been familiar with this way of praying. It is not a matter of celebrating with one’s back to the people or facing them, but toward the East, ad Dominum, toward the Lord. 


Practicing what he preaches - Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrating

ordinary form (!) Mass ad orientem in Latin (additional photos here)


“This way of doing things promotes silence. Indeed, there is less of a temptation for the celebrant to monopolize the conversation. Facing the Lord, he is less tempted to become a professor who gives a lecture during the whole Mass, reducing the altar to a podium centered no longer on the cross but on the microphone!


“This spiritual reality ought to be experienced particularly at the Offertory, the moment when the whole Christian people offer themselves, not alongside of Christ but in Him, through His sacrifice that will be accomplished at the consecration. . . . A sound hermeneutic of continuity could lead us to restore to a place of honor the ancient Offertory prayers, reread in light of Vatican II.


it is necessary to know how to be enriched by all the liturgical forms, Latin or Eastern. Why shouldn’t the Extraordinary Form be open to the improvements produced by the liturgical reform resulting from Vatican II? Why couldn’t the Ordinary Form rediscover the ancient prayers of the Offertory, the prayers at the foot of the altar, or a little silence during some parts of the Canon? 


Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

A future pope? (Quæsumus, Dómine!)



Mass: 12 noon, Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center

Followed by potluck dinner. All welcome. Bring a dish if you can. Otherwise, come anyway.



This year the 18th Sunday after Pentecost occurred on September 18, and the 23rd Sunday will occur on October 23. Question for numerology devotees: When will this sort of thing happen next? With the number of the Sunday of after Pentecost matching (in two successive months) the day of the month.


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