MASS THIS SUNDAY (May 8, 2016)
The Ascension of Our Lord (External Solemnity)

1:30 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

Processional Hymn:  Hail the Day that See Him Rise (852)

Asperges Rite:  Vidi aquam (566)

Order of Mass (571)

Proper Prayers and Readings (287)

Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus-Benedictus, Agnus Dei: Mass I, Lux et origo (696)

Preface of the Ascension (688)

Closing Marian Antiphon:  Regina Caeli  (954)

          Recessional Hymn:   Eternal Monarch, King Most High (854)

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (May 15, 2016)

Pentecost Sunday

1:30 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City



6 pm Low Mass

St. Mary Church (Oak Ridge)



From Gregory DiPippo at the New Liturgical Movement (here):


The Ascension Dome of the Basilica of St Mark in Venice; mosaics ca. 1175-1200. (click to enlarge) The words written in a circle that separate Christ and the four angels around him from the Virgin Mary and Apostles are four hexameters, “Dicite quid statis, quid in aethere consideratis. / Filius iste Dei, Christus, cives Galilaei, / Sumptus ut a vobis abit et sic arbiter orbis / Judicii cura veniet dare debita jura.” (Tell us what you are standing and looking at in Heaven. This Son of God, Christ, o ye citizens of Galilee, being taken from you, goes; and so He will come as the judge of the world, with right judgment to give all their due.)



Plan to stay this Sunday (May 8 – Mother’s Day) after Mass at Holy Ghost Church for camaraderie and potluck lunch downstairs. Anyone who can bring something for the refreshments is urged to do so, and in case of questions may call or text Rosa Rodriguez at (510) 229-2005.


Holy days of obligation and transferred solemnities

As allowed by canon law, the U.S. bishops have transferred the celebration of the OF Mass as well as the obligation to attend Mass on certain weekday solemnities to the following Sunday (for instance, the Epiphany and the Ascension). Consequently, no one (whether attending OF or EF Mass) has an obligation to attend Mass on the weekday calendar date when such a holy day of obligation formally appears on the calendar.


However, for the EF the 1962 calendar remains in effect, so a question remains as to when the Mass of such a solemnity (1st class feast) can or must be celebrated. The answer depends upon the solemnity in question.


The Sacred Heart and the Holy Rosary  The 1962 rubrics explicitly provide that—in addition to being celebrated on its proper calendar date—the EF Mass of the former may be repeated on the following Sunday, and the latter may be repeated on the 1st Sunday of October.


The Ascension  Historically and traditionally, the Ascension has been celebrated on the 40th day of the Easter season—always a Thursday—where it remains on both the 1962 and the universal Church calendar. However, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (which oversees the EF Mass) has advised that the EF Mass of the Ascension may be repeated as an “external solemnity” on the following Sunday for pastoral reasons (that is, for the benefit of the faithful who might not otherwise be able to attend the Mass of the Ascension).


Corpus Christi and the Feast of St. Peter and Paul  According to papal indults for the United States that were in effect in 1962, the EF Masses of these 1st class feasts are to be celebrated on their proper calendar dates, and (according to some interpretations) also must be repeated as external solemnities on the following Sundays.


All this is summarized in the Ordo of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), whose liturgical schedule is followed by many or most diocesan Latin Mass communities (and which was instrumental in bringing the TLM to our diocese back in 2004, has advised us subsequently, and under whose aegis the St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal was published). According to this ordo, the following 2016 Sunday Masses encompassed by the question discussed above are indicated:


Sunday, May 29:      Corpus Christi (external solemnity)

Sunday, June 5:       Sacred Heart of Jesus (external solemnity)

Sunday, July 3:        Saints Peter & Paul (external solemnity)

Sunday, October 2: Our Lady of the Rosary (external solemnity)


To participate in a communal meal? To commemorate the Last Supper? To give public witness to our Christian community? To receive the Eucharist as an act of unity?  Or for these four ends:




If begun on this coming Friday, May 6, the day following Ascension Thursday, the traditional (9-day) novena in preparation for Holy Ghost Church’s patronal feast of Pentecost will end on Saturday, May 14 (the vigil day before Pentecost). According to the EWTN site for this novena,


The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas, since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church.


Click here ( in order to print a personal copy of this venerable novena. If you start the novena late (after May 6), you can “double up” enough days to catch up.


Just send your name and e-mail address to  h DOT edwards AT mindspring DOT com, or write them on a Knox Latin Mass Community envelope and leave it on a missalette table after Mass. The posted e-mail version has live internet links, and frequently includes additional content that doesn't fit in the printed version.