MASS THIS SUNDAY (July 24, 2016)
10th Sunday after Pentecost

1:30 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

          Processional (883):  Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest

          Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me  (567)

          Order of Mass (569)

          Proper Prayers and Readings (352)

          Ordinary of the Mass:  Mass XI – Orbis factor (740)

          Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

          Preface of the Holy Trinity (598)

          Marian Antiphon: Salve Regina (961)

          RecessionalOrgan solo

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville

5 pm,  Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul, Chattanooga, Solemn High Mass (details below)


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (July 31, 2016)

11th Sunday after Pentecost

1:30 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Cleveland



From a letter (here) written by a New Liturgical Movement reader.


FSSP ordinations in the traditional rite (brief description and additional photos here)


If we re-read the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, etc., we discover a stunning amount of exacting detail that the Lord Himself insisted upon, concerning the specifications of the construction and adornment of His own ark and even the details of vesture and behavior of His priests. The best woods, precious metals, precious stones, and finest fabrics were specified by name. Burlap, ceramic, clay, and sand, incidentally, were not. Those books of the Old Testament are full of accounts of God specifying clearly who was to do which job and exactly how — down to which fingers to use for blessings (I think we could safely call that an early instance of rubrics). God was specific about how, in the externals, He wished to be worshipped  . . . .


Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI reminded us that the first Mass, which Our Lord offered on the eve of His Passion, was replete with ritual and formality, stemming from the detailed worship of the Jews. The Mass of the Last Supper would have lasted several hours. Jesus did not despise or scorn such ritual; why should we? Nor was He in any hurry, despite the immense weight of sorrow resting on His sacred shoulders, and His divine knowledge that the gears of His own demise were cranking away. Why should we be in a hurry and consider it too much to kneel for a long while in God’s presence, or to pray in silence, or to sing the chants and listen to them?


When [many lay folk now] dare to handle the Body of Our Lord at Communion time, does it show deep respect for the Lord’s establishment of the priesthood itself and His sacrament of Holy Orders, in which the priests’ hands have been consecrated and anointed unto the specific purpose of handling the precious Body and Blood of the Creator of the world? . . . . Have we forgotten that God struck down dead one Uzzah in the Old Testament (2 Sam. 6:6-7) when he presumed with seemingly good intention to lay his hand upon the exterior of the ark of the covenant to steady it (let alone its contents!)? Is this not the same God?


What is missing from the current age is the HOLY FEAR and its concomitant respectful behavior that are born of the realization of just WHO is enthroned — albeit in humble estate — in that little box in the center of the church that was once known and revered as the Holy of Holies. It bespeaks a pitiable blindness to the invisible realities, the angelic spirits, who are nevertheless present and attendant upon the King of Kings. Once upon a time, the Church was convinced that the Lord should be given royal treatment and worship. Thankfully these practices are still retained in the Church’s treasury of the Traditional Latin Mass.


Ordinary form Mass celebrated ad orientem at Prince of Peace parish near Greenville, SC

Worship in an “extraordinary parish for ordinary people” (description here)


Friday, July 22-Sunday, July 24. The Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul is hosting clergy, organists, and choirs of 100 singers from around the Southeast at our Summer Sacred Music Workshop. All are invited to attend the Solemn Sung Vespers and organ recital (7 pm Friday), and the solemn sung OF Mass of this workshop (4 pm Saturday)


Additionally, the first Missa Solemnis - solemn high EF Mass – in over fifty years will be celebrated at the Basilica (5 pm Sunday).


Please plan to attend some or all of these free opportunities to enjoy the beautiful music and liturgical tradition of the Catholic Church! Additional details and flyer here.


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.