"I was dismayed at the prohibition of the old missal, since nothing of the sort had ever happened in the entire history of the liturgy. The impression was given that what has happened was quite normal." — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Milestones (Memoirs 1927-1977)
As Prefect of the Congregation the Doctrine and the Faith, our Holy Father Benedict XVI had this to say and many other critical comments concerning the liturgy of the new Mass that issued in the wake of Vatican II under pretext of an alleged conciliar “reform” of the Roman Rite. In his Preface to Msgr. Klaus Gamber’s The Reforms of the Roman Liturgy, Its Problems and Background, then Cardinal Ratzinger judged the new Mass to be a “fabricated liturgy” and, more critically still, “a banal on-the-spot product”. Many more negative commentaries on the new liturgy, alarming commentaries, were registered by the Church’s principal theologian in two of his own books, God and the World and The Spirit of the Liturgy. In the former work, he wrote:
ROSSINI PROPERS FOR PARISH CHOIRS FOR EVERY SUNDAY AND FEASTDAY OF THE LITURGICAL YEAR
8.5” x 11’ Spiral-bound • 136 Pages • $19.95
This spiral-bound, lay-flat, book is designed for choral use. For years this book was the “gold standard’ volume for use by parish choirs for Chant in the Mass. Carlo Rossini’s choirbook includes ALL OF THE PROPERS—words and notation—in sheet music format for every Sunday and feastday of the liturgical year. Organ accompaniment and Gregorgian Psalm-tone notation is provided. Discount available for 20 or more copies.
Dom Louis Soltner - PB 240 pages
This history of Solesmes and its founder Dom Guéranger is an excellent work published by the Monks of Solesmes. It tells the story of one of the greatest scholars and saintly men of the 19th century, and chronicles the enduring work that he founded and promoted during his lifetime. In our estimation, it is slightly marred by some comments regarding the movement toward a restoration of the Roman Liturgy that was largely inspired by Dom Guéranger and how that movement has culminated in the novus ordo liturgy of the 20th century. However, that issue aside, it is an excellent historical resumé, and it is well worth your time to read.
For more in-depth commentary on the modern liturgical movement, we refer our readers to the book by Fr. Bonneterre found on our website here.
Father Paul Kramer B.h, S.T.B., M.Div.,S.T.L. (Cand.) A powerful and extremely important and powerful NEW book, Father Paul L. Kramer compares the New Mass and the traditional Roman Rite, and presents surprising yet theologically sound answers to the questions which will bother all sincere Catholics. The prophetic phrase from Pope Pius XII was used for the title of the book. An American priest, Father Paul Kramer gives a convincing argument why we should “stand fast and hold the traditions.” Published by the Missionary Association. Softcover 204 pages. $11.95
Father James Wathen - PB-256 pages
In 1971, amidst the chaos and confusion wrought by the Second Vatican Council and the advent of the Novus Ordo Missae, faithful Catholics craved clarity and direction. TAN Books published this strong critique of the New Mass shortly after the famous Intervention of Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci was issued.
Father's love of the true, the good, the beautiful, and the holy was evident on every page, and his indignation at the destruction of 1900 years of Catholic liturgical tradition is clear as he minced no words in his criticism of his fellow clergy or in his analysis of what was at the heart of the New Mass. Father's insights into the crisis in the Church and the attack upon the ancient liturgy and the dogmas of the Church are just as relevant today as they were in 1971.
When TAN Books was sold several years ago this book disappeared from its catalog and it was recently re-issued by the Father James Wathen Foundation in a new and easy to read format.
Dom Prosper Guéranger, OSB
There has never been a book that so well elucidates how the active participation in the Holy Sacrifice, which is the duty of all the laity, can best be accomplished. This was written after The Liturgical Year and was the last book translated by Dom Laurence Shepard, Guéranger’s disciple, before his own death. This book is meant to be a companion volume to the The Liturgical Year, and it perfectly matches the set.
The well-known translator of The Liturgical Year has gone to his rest, but in a twofold sense we may say: his works follow him. This, his last and unfinished work, must therefore come to the readers of The Liturgical Year as a loving farewell from him, a memento of him and of his life-long labors in the cause of Holy Church. To many, it will be of consoling interest to know that, up to the day of his death, as long as speech was his, Rev. Dom Laurence Shepherd was full of the great passion of his heart — to gain souls to the love of Holy Church. Several times, within even the last month of his painful illness, did he strive to master sinking nature, and once more guide his trembling pen, to tell the faithful something more of the Bride of Christ, the Church of God. Those last pages which came from his failing hand close with the word Lucia, in the explanation of the Nobis quoque peccatoribus, page 158. Before the month was out, his friends had poured forth the consoling prayer put on their lips by Mother Church, et lux perpetua luceat ei! Hope had kindled in every heart the reverential confidence that the Champion of Holy Church had received the “corona justitiae” — had passed to the patria lucis aeternae. St. Mary’s Abbey, Stanbrook, June 14, 1885.
Fr. Didier Bonneterre - PB 148 pages
Historically Dom Gueranger and Pope Saint Pius X are truly at the origin of the liturgical movement, that is, "the renewal of fervor for the liturgy among the clergy and the faithful." But it is a false and pernicious claim that there has been a "homogenous development" in the movement begun by them resulting in the New Order of Mass! This deception cannot be accepted. That is why this book was written. The Novus Ordo derived from the thought of Dom Gueranger and Pope Saint Pius X?! No way! The Liturgical Movement is a fast-reading book on the history of the liturgical movement of the last century: -How was it diverted from its course? -Who made up the brain-trust which led its early deviation? -What was the principal error of these liturgical radicals? -In the end, who hijacked the movement to propagandize for Vatican II and a New Mass? Find out who were the major players hounding the Popes of the era: Beauduin, Bea, Parsch, Guardini, Casel, Jungmann, Lercaro, Botte, Reinhold, Winzen, Congar, Harscouet, (Gaspar) Lefebvre, Danielou, Fischer, Bugnini, Nocent, Bouyer, Thurian, Gy, etc.
A Practical Guide to Learning Chant - PB –110 pages + CD for practiceThis is a tried and true beginner’s guide to the singing and understanding of Gregorian chant. The Song of Prayer shows how chant takes Christians back to the early days of the church when people gathered together to pray each day, every day. You don’t have to be highly musical in order to get started. Readers—individuals as well as study groups in churches and classrooms—will learn the basics of Gregorian chant, with some preliminary instruction in Latin, chant notation, its history and development, and very basic theology. An instructional 45-minute CD accompanies the book and provides a supreme example of the complete service of Compline, making learning easy and practical. The Song of Prayer is the perfect introduction for those new to Gregorian chant, and eager to learn about this profound way of prayer.
Benedict Sisters of Perpetual Adoration - 128 pages PB 5.5" x 8.5"
A devotional explanation of the prayers, ceremonies, and mysteries of the Holy Sacrifice, and of the benefits to be derived from devout participation.
Pope Saint Pius X, almost a century ago, encouraged the faithful to “Pray the Mass” as a part of his efforts at liturgical renewal.
After nearly a half-century of liturgical “renewal” which largely consisted of “experiments” with the Holy Sacrifice that went beyond the wildest imaginings of that holy pope, our current pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, has issued his Motu Proprio entitled Summorum Pontificum, in which he urges the Bishops to encourage and aid the celebration of the liturgy of the Roman rite in the ancient form which had been in universal use until 1962.
For those faithful who have remained attached to the liturgy that has been essentially unchanged for over 1400 years, or for those just discovering the immemorial rite, this book will provide a thorough and deeply reflective explanation of all of the rubrics, prayers, and actions of the Holy Sacrifice. This book, that was first published in the 1930s by the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration, is written in a style suitable to laymen of all levels of education. It is a thorough presentation and is based upon sound Catholic theological and liturgical principles.
According to St. Alphonsus Liguori
1887 Edition; Includes Benediction prayers and Stabat Mater from 1911 version of With God; Pictures of the Stations are shown in color.; Includes writings and history on Indulgences to be gained when praying the Stations of the Cross.
Mary Perkins - Cloth Hardcover - 232 pages
Mary Perkins worked for Sheed & Ward publishers in the 1930s and was a close friend of Fr. Leonard Feeney who encourged her to publish this book. It is without doubt the best Latin textbook for a neophyte who wishes to learn well the language of Holy Mother Church. The Latin is taken directly from the Missal and as a teaching tool this book is simple and thorough and not intimidating. Highly recommended, especially for Catholic homeschoolers or anyone new to our language.