Reflection/Homily for the Service of Tenebrae on Good Friday

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Homily   Hebrews 4:16-5:6   So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is …

Homily for Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

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First Reading: Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 Gospel: John 18:1-19:42 It is in St. John’s account of the Passion of Jesus that we see, in stark relief, both Jesus’ humanity and his divinity. We also get a very hard look at the human nature of the men Jesus chose to be His closest confidantes and the leaders of …

Holy Week Masses set around the diocese

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The Diocese of Knoxville’s celebration of Holy Week began Sunday, March 29, with Palm Sunday Masses across East Tennessee. The special week continues Tuesday, March 31, with the annual Chrism Mass at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika and priests from throughout the diocese will celebrate the annual liturgy. Churches around …

Diocese of Knoxville celebrates Easter

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Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali led Holy Week observances in the Diocese of Knoxville, highlighted by the Chrism Mass April 15 and Easter Mass celebrations at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus April 19-20. Bishop Stika was joined by Cardinal Justin Rigali and more than 50 priests of the diocese along with more than 25 …

A Thank You To Priests On Holy Thursday

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Today is known in the Catholic world as Holy Thursday, sometimes in the English-speaking world it is called Maundy Thursday, and it commemorates that Thursday night long ago on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, when he instituted the two sacraments without which his Church would not exist, the Holy Eucharist, and the sacrament of Holy Orders, specifically in the form …

New Catholics Need Our Friendship and Example

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Those of you who celebrated Morning Lauds this morning sang or chanted the 42nd Psalm as the first chant, a psalm which has opening words in verses one and two that may be familiar to many Catholics, and certainly set me in a Holy Week mindset. The Grail translation, which is generally what is used in the English-speaking world for …

A Reflection for Ash Wednesday and Lent

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Today is Ash Wednesday. Most observant Catholics know that today is a day of fast and abstinence in the Universal Church, that means that we are to abstain from flesh meat today, and according to the present norms of the Church, our fast is to mean that we are allowed up to three small meals today, with two of them …