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Roman Ritual Volume I

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"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:

“For fostering a true consciousness in liturgical matters, it is also important that the proscription against the form of the liturgy in valid use up to 1970 should be lifted. Anyone who nowadays advocates the continuing existence of this liturgy or takes part in it is treated like a leper; all tolerance ends here.”

Without belaboring so sublime a theme as ritual catholicity (divine tradition and worship), let it be also noted that, in several pages of his latter book on the Liturgy, our present Pontiff left the liberal liturgical “experts” no leg to stand on in his strident rebuttals of their dishonest contention that the ancient Church offered the Mass facing the people. “Never,” in the East or West, was this ever the case, he argued. Loreto Publications is more than hopefully optimistic that Benedict XVI will do everything he can to foster a complete restoration of not only the Latin language in liturgical worship, but the traditional Roman Ritual as well. Oremus pro hoc. In anticipation of this true “reform” we are now offering our retailers the first in a three volume reproduction of the entire traditional Roman Ritual with the Latin orations and the literal English translation side by side. Volume one of this indispensable liturgical manual includes the complete liturgical formulas for six of the seven sacraments and their ritual rubrics (in red print), followed by the traditional prayers and rubrics governing the proper ceremony to be observed in the various kinds of religious processions that fall under divine worship. Being that this Ritual is for priestly administrations, the ceremony for the consecration of a bishop is not included. In special cases a priest can administer Confirmation, therefore the Ritual does include that rite as it is ordered to this special ministration. Volumes II and III of the Rituale provide the formulas and rubrics for all other liturgical rites, including Catholic burials, exorcisms, and official blessings, both ordinary and reserved.

RRI is wonderfully put together in a clear easy to read font. The richness of the texts is truly something to experience. Loreto Publications has provided a great service to the Church in reprinting this timeless volume.
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