Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tridentine Community News - Pre-1955 Holy Week resources web site; New Traditional Architecture: Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart in Knoxville; The Sign of the Cross; Tridentine Masses This Coming Week

"I will go in unto the Altar of God
To God, Who giveth joy to my youth"

Tridentine Community News by Alex Begin (March 18, 2018):
March 18, 2018 – Passion Sunday

Pre-1955 Holy Week Resources Web Site

It’s rare that a web site combines useful content with exceptional design. In just days since the news broke that the Pontifical Commission Ecclésia Dei has granted permission ad experiméntum for three years to the Fraternity of St. Peter to celebrate the pre-1955 Holy Week, an impressive web site has appeared: This site contains Latin/English Propers handouts, rubrical information, and detailed descriptions of the pre-1955 ceremonies. It’s a one-stop place for parishes to learn how to do the old Holy Week, both informative academically and necessary considering that virtually no pre-55 resources are currently in print.

New Traditional Architecture: Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart in Knoxville

The trend of resurgence of traditional church architecture continues: The new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart was recently dedicated in Knoxville, Tennessee. Designed by McCrery Architects, who have been featured before in this column, it sports an altar under a baldacchino on which Mass can be celebrated ad oriéntem as well as versus pópulum, a Communion Rail, a respectable pulpit, and traditional sacred art adorning its dome. This cathedral clearly can accommodate both the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms, and more sacred art can be added as time and budget allows.

One fascinating statistic to ponder: The total cost for the new Knoxville cathedral was $30.8 million. The cost for the ultra-modern and stark Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California was $190 million. Just what did that extra $159 million attain for souls?

The Sign of the Cross

Much has been written about the holy gesture of the Sign of the Cross. One of the simplest ways to gain a Partial Indulgence is to make the Sign of the Cross devoutly while praying “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” The graphic below provides some practical suggestions for spiritually charitable opportunities to make a quick Sign of the Cross and corresponding prayer intention.

Tridentine Masses This Coming Week
  • Mon. 03/19: 8:00 AM Low Mass, 12:00 Noon High Mass, 7:00 PM Solemn High Mass at St. Joseph (St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary) – Part of the annual St. Joseph Day of Prayer; detailed schedule here:
  • Tue. 03/20 7:00 PM: Low Mass at Holy Name of Mary, Windsor (Votive Mass for the Anniversary of the Coronation of the Pope)
  • Sat. 03/24 8:30 AM: Low Mass at Miles Christi (Saturday of Passion Week)
[Comments? Please e-mail Previous columns are available at This edition of Tridentine Community News, with minor editions, is from the St. Albertus (Detroit), Academy of the Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills), and St. Alphonsus and Holy Name of Mary Churches (Windsor) bulletin inserts for March 18, 2018. Hat tip to Alex Begin, author of the column.]

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