"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.
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
Don Pietro Leone - PB 122 pages
Don Pietro Leone is the author of this most useful summary of the history of the destruction of the Roman rite and the substitution of a modern rite called the Novus ordo (new order) in its place. In his General Audience of November 9, 1969, Pope Paul VI had this to say (among many other things) about substitution of the new rite for the Roman rite of all times: “This change has something astonishing about it, something extraordinary. This is because the Mass is regarded as the traditional and untouchable expression of our religious worship and the authenticity of our faith.”No truer words were ever spoken by a pontiff, except perhaps by the high priest who once said: “You know nothing. Neither do you consider that it is expedient for you that one man should die for the sins of the people and that the whole nation perish not.”Some, upon contemplating these extraordinary changes, go so far as to think that the attempts of the Church’s enemies to eradicate once and for all “Popish superstition” from the world have made significant progress towards their goal when the Pope himself allowed the introduction of, in his own words, “a new rite” into the heart of the Church. Others seek to understand God’s will in these matters and consider that these changes and the resulting chaos in the life of the Church might be among those vague “chastisements” mentioned by Our Lady at Fatima. Still other observers of the Church in the latter half of the 20th Century and into the third millennium believe that the new mass is a great development of human progress and is the harbinger of a new “springtime” in the life of the Mystical Body, while yet others, many of the lay-faithful, struggle to maintain their faith and to live the life of faith somewhat passively in a spirit of docility in the face of the radical changes in liturgy and the life of the Church. Countless others have just dropped out of the daily life of the Church altogether.There is no question that the new rite has changed the Church. This little book seeks to serve as a scholarly and objective summation of the changes and their effects. The substance of the work is taken largely from the mouths of those who were responsible for promoting and producing the changes as well as from several lengthy and scholarly books published by those who oppose them.
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.
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.
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.