MASS THIS SUNDAY (January 22, 2017)
3rd Sunday after Epiphany

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

     St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

     Asperges Rite:  Asperges me  (567)

     Order of Mass:  Missalette or Campion Missal (569)

     Proper Prayers and Readings:  Mass leaflet or Campion Missal (65)

     Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei:  Mass VIII De Angelis (727)

     Preface of the Holy Trinity:  Mass leaflet or Campion Missal (598)

     Final Marian Antiphon:  Alma Redemptoris Mater (947)

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

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


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (January 29, 2017)
4th Sunday after Epiphany

12:00 noon, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville


CARDINAL BURKE: The Traditional Latin Mass’s

‘sublime beauty … unveils the truth’ of the Real Presence

(From a recent article published in LifeSiteNews)


The Catholic Mass in the Extraordinary Form, more commonly known as the Latin Mass (TLM), distinctly demonstrates God’s grace reaching the faithful in the Eucharist, Cardinal Raymond Burke has said.


Celebrating a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on the Saturday just before the feast day of the Shrine’s namesake, the cardinal, a strong proponent of traditional liturgy, described how potently the ancient Mass brings Heaven to earth, and God to man.




The older form of the Mass powerfully personifies the apostolic tradition of priests who have carried Christ’s presence forth in the Eucharist since its inception at The Last Supper, he said.


The offering of the Pontifical Mass according to the 'usus antiquior', the more ancient usage in the Church, makes evident to us how divine grace flowing immeasurably and unceasingly from the glorious pierced heart of Jesus comes to us in the highest and most perfect manner in the Holy Eucharist,” Cardinal Burke told an estimated 500 Mass pilgrims in his sermon.


The more ancient usage,” he continued, “which was the ordinary form of the Roman Rite of the Holy Mass from the time of Pope Saint Gregory the Great until the reforms of the sacred liturgy after the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, powerfully manifests the apostolic tradition, the unbroken line of Christ’s abiding presence with us in the Church by means of the apostolic ministry, by means of the pastoral charity of the apostles and their successors from the Last Supper, to the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass this morning.”


The uplifting beauty of Mass in the ancient form “unveils the truth” that Christ, along with His sacrifice for us on the Cross, comes down to earth during the Mass, he said.

The sublime beauty reflected in the careful articulation of the more ancient usage unveils the truth that here on the altar of this church, Heaven descends to Earth — Christ seated in glory at the right hand of the Father — descends to the altar and makes sacramentally present his sacrifice on Calvary and its incomparable fruit, the heavenly bread of His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.

Card. Burke celebrating solemn pontifical TLM at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe


A Pontifical High Mass is celebrated by a bishop and is characterized by additional chants, servers, candles, and liturgical rites.


“In a particular way, the celebration of the two forms of the one Roman Rite makes possible that fuller and richer encounter with Christ to which Our Lady of Guadalupe is constantly leading us,” he stated. “It is my hope to be able to celebrate more regularly the Pontifical Mass according to the Extraordinary Form or more ancient usage in fidelity to the mission of this holy place.”


The statements on the traditional liturgy by Cardinal Burke come on the heels of his clarifying late last month that the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is on equal par with the newer Ordinary Form of the Mass.


Pope Francis celebrating the newer ordinary form Mass recently in the

Sistine Chapel, ad orientem with priest and people together facing God in the

East whence Christ will come again, largely in Latin with Gregorian chant


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