Traditional Latin Mass Schedule in Memphis

Blessed Sacrament - Sundays 8:30 am
2564 Hale Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112

St. Michael's - Wednesdays 12pm (Noon),
First Fridays 6:15pm,
First Saturdays 7:00am

3863 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN 38122

St. William's - (None at this time)
4932 Easley Avenue
Millington, TN 38053

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Wednesday, April 19: No Latin Mass at St. Michael's.

Due to a parish Lenten Mission, the 6:15pm First Friday Masses at St. Michael's are canceled during the month of April 2017.

Last Updated: April 18, 2017

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

About the Latin Mass: The Incarnation

The Latin Mass Credo is a recital of the Nicean Creed, which is what we believe as Catholics. Note that “credence” comes from the Latin word credo. The Credo has existed for nearly as long as the Church, and separates our one true faith from all heresies, continuing to serve that purpose today.

The high point of the Credo is the Incarnation, “Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine: Et homo factus est.” Incarnatus means that God chose to become embodied in the human form of Christ our Savior. The English Mass Profession of Faith does not contain the word incarnation, but does establish this concept in its translation. As the Incarnation signifies the beginning of God’s final revelation to us, we view it as the most significant moment in history, and we genuflect in reverence.

The English Mass shows a sign of reverence by a bowing of the head, omitted by many parishioners. Bowing one’s head is typically used as a quiet and solemn communication with God, such as during prayer. Genuflecting is a means of further collectively humbling ourselves in thankfulness before God, who chose to humble himself for us. The high point of our belief is reinforced with this physical and lasting rubric.

During this past Lenten season, Blessed Sacrament, with permission from the diocese, collectively genuflected during the Incarnation. This is also a rubric that I borrow from the Latin Mass for use when attending an English Mass.

The Latin Mass is celebrated Sundays at Blessed Sacrament at 8:30 and Nativity at 9:00.