MASS THIS SUNDAY (October 2, 2016)
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (external solemnity)

12:00 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

          St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

     Sprinkling Rite:  Asperges me  (567)

     Order of Mass (569)

     Proper Prayers and Readings (499); Second Propers (389)

     Ordinary of the Mass:  Mass IX – Cum jubilo (731)

      Kyrie, Gloria, Credo III, Sanctus, Agnus Dei

     Preface of the Blessed Virgin Mary (690)

     Marian Antiphon: Salve Regina (961)

3 pm, St. Mary Church, Johnson City

Note:    There will be no Latin Mass on October 2 at St. Therese in Cleveland.

            The next Latin Mass in Cleveland will be at 3 pm on Sunday, October 16.


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (October 9, 2016)

21st Sunday after Pentecost

12:00 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville



Plan to stay this Sunday (October 2) after Mass at Holy Ghost for camaraderie and potluck downstairs. Potluck works only if everyone participates. So 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.



October is traditionally the month of the Holy Rosary, the entire month being dedicated to the Rosary, with many Catholics making a special effort to pray the Rosary every day of October. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is October 7 on the Church’s liturgical calendar (both EF and OF)—this being the date under which the Mass of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is found in daily hand missals. However, the rubrics for the extraordinary form provide also for the celebration of this Mass as an “external solemnity” on the first Sunday of October.


Note: This Sunday’s Mass will include two collects, two secrets, and two postcommunion prayers--the first from the Mass of Our Lady of the Rosary, the second from the Mass of the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. (So we sit for the Epistle only after the second collect.) Hence those with daily hand missals should set ribbons at both these Masses.


The collect of the Mass of Our Lady of the Rosary is a familiar Marian prayer that is often added at the end when reciting the Rosary:


O God, Whose only begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating on the mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ Our Lord . . . Amen.




The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was originally established to commemorate the stunning victory of Christian forces in the great naval battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571, in which they repelled the superior Turkish forces of Islam which were threatening to overwhelm Europe. This surprise victory against overwhelming forces was attributed by Pope St. Pius V to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the power of the Rosary. Crew members on the 200 Christian ships prayed the Rosary in preparation for the battle—as did Christians throughout Europe, encouraged by the Pope to gather in their churches to invoke the Virgin Mary against the daunting Turkish forces.


Some accounts say that Pope Pius V was granted a miraculous vision of the Holy League's stunning victory. Without a doubt, the Pope understood the significance of the day's events, when he was eventually informed that all but 13 of the nearly 300 Turkish ships had been captured or sunk. He was moved to institute the feast now celebrated universally as Our Lady of the Rosary.


 “Turkish victory at Lepanto would have been a catastrophe of the first magnitude for Christendom,” wrote military historian John F. Guilmartin, Jr., “and Europe would have followed a historical trajectory strikingly different from that which obtained.”


St. Josemaría Escrivá and the traditional Latin Mass
From a recent New Liturgical Movement article (here):


St. Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975), the founder of Opus Dei, celebrated the traditional Latin Mass all his life as a priest. He had mystical experiences in connection with it. He loved it so much that he obtained permission (it was thought at the time that such permission was necessary) to continue with the Mass he had always offered, rather than shifting over to the Novus Ordo Missae. These are facts that deserve to be better known. A marvelous gallery of photos of the saint celebrating the usus antiquior may be found here.



St. Josemaría celebrating Mass; view photo in light of the second quote below.


Below are some quotes from his books that the article cites. They obviously emerge from the rich spirituality of the traditional Mass.


Show veneration and respect for the holy liturgy of the Church and for its ceremonies. Observe them faithfully. Don’t you see that, for us poor humans, even what is greatest and most noble enters through the senses?


That woman in the house of Simon the leper in Bethany, anointing the Master’s head with precious ointment, reminds us of the duty to be generous in the worship of God. All the richness, majesty and beauty possible would seem too little to me. And against those who attack the richness of sacred vessels, of vestments and altars, we hear the praise given by Jesus: “opus enim bonum operata est in me”—“she has done me a good turn.”


You saw me celebrate the holy Mass on a plain altar— table and stone, without a reredos. Both Crucifix and candlesticks were large and solid, with wax-candles of graded height, sloping up towards the Cross. The frontal, of the liturgical colour of the day. A sweeping chasuble. The chalice, rich, simple in line, with a broad cup. No electric light, nor did we miss it. And you found it difficult to leave the oratory: you felt at home there. — Do you see how we are led to God, brought closer to him, by the rigour of the liturgy?


There is no better way to show how great is our concern and love for the Holy Sacrifice than by taking great care with the least detail of the ceremonies the wisdom of the Church has laid down. This is for Love: but we should also feel the need to become like Christ, not only inside ourselves but also in what is external. We should act, on the wide spaciousness of the Christian altar, with the rhythm and harmony which obedient holiness provides, uniting us to the will of the Spouse of Christ, to the Will of Christ himself.



Knoxville Latin Mass Community expenses in support of Latin liturgy typically average several hundred dollars weekly. This includes a KLMC contribution of $200 per week directly to Holy Ghost Church to support the Latin Mass (and specifically our outstanding sacred music program). These expenses are covered by donations to the KLMC, over and above our individual members’ contributions to Holy Ghost Church via the 12 pm Sunday Mass collections.


Please use the special addressed Knoxville Latin Mass Community envelopes that can be handed in or mailed to the KLMC (but should be kept separate from and in addition to the regular parish and diocesan offertory envelopes). For additional details or to contribute online, see the "Make a Contribution" page at our community web site www.KnoxLatinMass.net.


Note: The Knoxville Latin Mass Community (KLMC) also manages the financial affairs of the Tri Cities Latin Mass Community (TCLMC), donations for which are maintained in a separate account.


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