MASS THIS SUNDAY (
3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)
St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:
Processional Hymn (795): Hark, A Herald Voice is Calling
Asperges Rite: Asperges me (567)
Order of Mass (569)
Kyrie, Sanctus-Benedictus, Agnus Dei (Choir):
Ericka McCarty's Mass for Three Voices
Credo III (776): Choir & People
Closing Marian antiphon: Alma Redemptoris Mater (947)
Hymn (800): On
Townsend and in
TRADITIONAL SOLEMN MASS OF CHRISTMAS
At 1 pm preceding the Mass the Knoxville Latin Mass Schola will present a program of traditional Christmas music. During the Mass it will contribute Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony, including the ordinary choral parts of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus-Benedictus, Agnus Dei) in a polyphonic setting by the English renaissance composer William Byrd. In recent years this special Latin Mass of Christmas has attracted worshipers from parishes throughout the diocese. All area Catholics and their friends are invited to share this festive celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.
Click here or at www.KnoxLatinMass.net to download a copy of our Christmas Mass poster so you can print copies to invite friends who might like to join us, and keep both Christ and Christ'sMass in their Christmas plans for this year. Copies will also be available at Mass this Sunday. Pick up several to spread around, perhaps post them on parish and grocery store bulletin boards in the spirit of our Holy Father's call for "new evangelization".
This third Sunday of Advent is called "Gaudete Sunday" because its Introit begins with the joyful words Gaudete in Domino semper ("Rejoice in the Lord always"). Traditionally, this is the only Sunday in Advent on which the organ was heard during the Mass, and when flowers might be seen on the altar. And the Church relaxes the penitential aspect of Advent a bit with rose (instead of violet) vestments. Click here for photos from a past Gaudete Mass when Fr. Orr inaugurated a new set of rose-colored silk brocade Roman vestments which we are able to see only twice during the year--on Gaudete Sunday in Advent and Laetare Sunday in Lent.
THE GREAT O ANTIPHONS
O Sapientia (December 17)
O Wisdom, Which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come and teach us the way of prudence.
O Adonai (December 18)
O Adonai, and Leader of the house of
O Radix Jesse (December 19)
O Root of Jesse, Which standest for an ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall keep silence, Whom the Gentiles shall beseech: come and deliver us, and tarry not.
O Clavis David (December 20)
O Key of David, and Scepter of the
O Oriens (December 21)
O Day-spring, Brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
O Rex Gentium (December 22)
O King of the Gentiles and the desire thereof, Thou cornerstone that makest both one, come and deliver mankind, whom Thou didst form out of clay.
O Emmanuel (December 23)
O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the desire of the nations and the Savior thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God.