MASS THIS SUNDAY (May 24, 2015)

Pentecost Sunday

Mass: 1:30 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

          Processional (883):  Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest

          Order of Mass (569)

          Proper Prayers and Readings (295)

          Kyrie, Sanctus & Agnus Dei: Mozart’s Missa Brevis (choir)

          Gloria & Credo III (people and choir)

          Preface of Pentecost (688)

          Marian antiphon (954):  Regina Caeli

          Recessional Hymn (887):  Come Down, O Love Divine

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (May 31, 2015)

Trinity Sunday

1:30 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

11 am, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Townsend


Many of us remember Ginger Hutton as a steadfast member of our Latin Mass community from its beginning in 2005 until she entered Monte Maria Convent in Rockville, VA (near Richmond). On May 13 Ginger professed religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, receiving the religious name of Marie Augustine.  Rev. Dr. John Orr was the principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass of Profession. 


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Then a high school senior, Michael Hendershott served at the altar for our first modern-era traditional Latin Mass here in Knoxville on the First Sunday of Advent in 2005. After study in the intervening years at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, and the past three years at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, he will be ordained a priest forever by Bishop Richard Stika at 11 am on Saturday, June 27 in Sacred Heart Cathedral. And here at Holy Ghost Church the following day:


A traditional Latin Mass of Thanksgiving for the External Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul will be offered at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville at 1:30 pm on Sunday, June 28. This Mass will be the first solemn high Mass in the extraordinary form offered by the Rev. Mr. Michael Hendershott following his June ordination to the priesthood. The Mass will be followed by first blessings at the Sacred Heart altar in Holy Ghost Church and by a reception in the Fr. Henkel Hall downstairs. During the Mass, the Knoxville Latin Mass schola will sing the Gregorian chants of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul and sacred polyphony, with motets and the ordinary parts (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, etc.) in a Renaissance polyphonic setting. All area Catholics and their friends are invited to share this joyful occasion.


Note: A plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions) is granted to the faithful who devoutly participate in a first Mass of a newly ordained priest’s first Mass, and his first blessing is traditionally considered especially salutary.




You are invited to a sung high Mass at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to celebrate Pentecost Sunday in the ancient form of the Roman Rite. Following a short musical prelude, Mass will begin at 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2015. English and Spanish language materials will be available for you to follow along. Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony will be sung by the basilica’s Gloria Dei Schola and Jubilate Deo Youth Schola. Parish potluck will follow the Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the Varallo Parish Hall. All are welcome. Signups for the potluck are on the basilica’s website.


The term Pentecost is from the Greek pentekoste for the fiftieth day after Easter, commemorating the day on which the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles. Along with Easter, one of the two greatest feasts celebrated from early times in the history of the Church. And today Easter and Pentecost are unique in having octaves [though only for Easter in the ordinary form] in which each of the eight days is a solemnity in which the great solemnity itself is continued [as though suspended in time liturgically]. For instance, in the extraordinary form the sequence Veni, Sancte Spiritus is repeated on each day of Pentecost Week, just as the sequence Victimae Paschali (Paschal Victim) is recited before the Gospel on each day of Easter Week.


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