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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Last Updated: April 18, 2017
Saturday, November 29, 2008
About the Latin Mass: Ecce Agnus Dei
The Latin Mass phrasing, “Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit pecatta mundi,” or “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” was said by John the Baptist upon first seeing Christ in St. John’s gospel. To behold something is to recognize its beauty, and to acknowledge that something special is happening. A related word, “beholden”, includes an element of owing thanks.
The English Mass phrasing, “This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” is certainly a statement of fact, but may not fully express the thankfulness we have in our hearts at that moment for Who we are witnessing, and will receive, and may not fully recognize the phrase’s biblical roots.
I once heard an English Mass priest use the phrase, “Behold the Lamb of God,” instead of, “This is the Lamb of God,” and looking back at attending English Mass, it is one of the few examples where I am thankful for the change of phrasing by the priest.
The Latin Mass is celebrated Sundays at Blessed Sacrament at 8:30 and Nativity at 9:00.