MASS THIS SUNDAY (November 23, 2014)

Last Sunday after Pentecost
1:30 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal page numbers:

          Introit of the Mass (410)
          Order of Mass (569)
          Proper Prayers and Readings (410)
Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei: Mass VII Kyrie Rex splendens (723)

          Preface of the Holy Trinity (598)

          Marian antiphon:  Salve Regina (961)

          Recessional Hymn (931):  Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

11 am, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Townsend

3 pm, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Madisonville


MASS NEXT SUNDAY (November 30, 2014)
1st Sunday of Advent

1:30 pm, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville

11 am, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Townsend

12:30 pm, Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center, Benton



The traditional missal's temporal cycle ends with this last Sunday after Pentecost, and with it our annual liturgical journey through the spiritual history of the world which begins each year with the first Sunday of Advent. For this reason, the prayers and readings of the Mass turn our attention to the last things, the second coming and final judgment. This Sunday's Gospel reading (Matthew 24:13-25)--which is said not to appear at all in the new lectionary of the ordinary form--is one of the more memorable and powerful ones of the year:


"When you shall see the abomination of desolation . . . . . For as lightning cometh out of the east, and appeareth even to the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. . . . . . And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened . . . . . and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven . . . . . and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power and majesty . . . . " (Matthew 24: 13-25).


Note: The propers leaflet for this Last Sunday includes a commentary that links Old Testament prophecies, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the Antichrist, the “abomination of desolation”, and the final coming of Christ in majesty and power to judge the living and the dead, of which St. Basil writes


”When the inclination to sin comes upon you, I wish you would think of this dread and awful tribunal of Christ, where He will sit and judge on His throne on high. There every creature will appear, and stand trembling in His presence, and there shall we be led, one by one, to give an account of the actions of our life. And immediately afterwards those who in life have wrought much evil will be surrounded by fearful and hideous angels, who will throw them headlong into a bottomless pit where in impenetrable darkness burns a fire which gives no light; fear these things and pierced by this dread, use it as a bridle to help your soul from being drawn away by concupiscence into sin”.




Below are extracts from a notable homily given by Card. Burke in Vienna on Nov. 4, the feast of St. Charles Borromeo. Click here for the complete sermon, and here for beautiful photos and an account of the solemn pontifical Mass celebrated in the extraordinary form in Vienna's historic Karlskirche dedicated to St. Charles. And click here for perhaps the most elaborate TLM video yet.


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      Making reference to the liturgical reforms of the time of the “Protestant Revolution”, Card. Burke

      spoke of the necessity--then and now--of remaining faithful to all teachings of the Catholic faith.


“It is a source of particular joy to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the feast day of Saint Charles Borromeo in this magnificent church dedicated to the Savior and to His exemplary high priest, Saint Charles. . . . The offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest expression of the life in Christ which we share with Saint Charles and all the saints. In the Eucharistic Sacrifice, Christ, seated in glory at the right hand of the Father, descends to the altars of our churches and chapels to make present anew for His Sacrifice on Calvary. Dwelling with us, He pours forth from His glorious pierced Heart the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit to inspire and strengthen us for every good and holy thought, word, and deed.


“Contemplating the life of Saint Charles in the context of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, let us reflect, in particular, on the praise of the high priest in the Book of Sirach. The sacred text tells us that “no one has been found like him in glory; he kept the law of the Most High.” The greatness of the high priest depends upon his attention to the divine law written upon the human heart, and articulated and illuminated by the inspired Word of Christ communicated to us in the Church.


“Offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, we think, in particular, of the manner in which Saint Charles tirelessly worked to preserve the incomparable beauty of the Rite of the Mass, in accord with the reforms of the Council of Trent. Saint Charles not only understood that careful attention to the discipline of life was the foundation of true worship of God, but he also saw in the intricate beauty of the Rite of the Mass the reflection of the beauty of a virtuous life, of a life of pure and selfless love of God and of neighbor.”


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Fr. Colin Blatchford will offer the Traditional Latin Mass at Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center (Benton) on Nov. 30th, the first Sunday of Advent, at 12:30 pm, followed by a pot luck dinner. This is an opportunity to worship at the 5th Sunday Mass in the extraordinary form.  Bring a covered dish, and join us on this special Sunday.  For more information, call Carol Grady 1-423-338-2328 or 1-423-716-8399.


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 e-mail version has live internet links, and sometimes additional content that doesn't fit in the printed version.