Suddenly I heard from a neighboring house a voice, as of boy or girl, I know not, chanting, and oft repeating, “Take and read, Take and read."
Confessions, Book 8, Chapter 12
Confessions, Book 8, Chapter 12
Looking for an introduction to the traditional Roman Mass, or want to dig even deeper and think footnotes are one of the best items to discover when opening a book? There is a lot out there, and this list is by no means exclusive. The following are a few suggestions, from the general to the detailed. As St. Augustine heard, tolle lege!
1. Quo Primum, Pope Pius V's Apostolic Constitution (1570).
2. Mediator Dei, Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XII on the Sacred Liturgy (1947).
3. The Spirit of the Liturgy, Cardinal Ratzinger.
4. The Traditional Latin Mass Explained, Gueranger, Kwasniewski (Foreword).
5. The Mass-A Study of the Roman Liturgy, Fortescue.
6. The Liturgy of the Mass, Parsch.
7. The Mass of the Roman Rite-Its Origin and Development, Jungmann (two volumes).
8. The Traditional Mass-History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite, Fiedrowicz.
10. The Great Prayer, Williamson.
11. Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass, Kwasniewski
12. The Heresy of Formlessness-The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy, Mosebach.
13. The Reform of the Roman Liturgy-Its Problems and Background, Gamber.
14. Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness-Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages, Kwasniewski, Mosebach (Forward).
15. The Case for Liturgical Restoration: Una Voce Studies on the Traditional Latin Mass, Shaw (Ed.), Cardinal Burke (Preface).
16. Phoenix from the Ashes-The Making, Unmaking, and Restoration of Catholic Tradition, H.J.A. Sire.
17. The Mass and Modernity-Walking to Heaven Backwards, Robinson.
18. Nothing Superfluous-An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great, Jackson FSSP.
19. The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, Fortescue, O'Connell, Reid OSB.
20. The Liturgical Year, 15 volume set, hardcover/softcover options (one may also buy a volume individually (e.g., Advent, Lent)).
21. The Church's Year of Grace, 5 volume set, Parsch.
22. The Liturgical Altar, Webb.
23. A Guide for Altar and Sanctuary, Cardinal Vaughan.
24. The Stripping of the Altars-Traditional Religion in England 1400-1580, Duffy.
Note: A few of these works discuss a period of time in the Church that could be characterized as polemical (or much worse) regarding the liturgy, theology, and just about everything else. Whether that period has closed, is closing, or is still raging is itself a contested issue. You may feel a few of these works “give off a little heat.” Some do, but they also provide needed light. Please do not hesitate to contact us or ask one of the local priests who celebrate the Mass and we will be glad to talk and help you delve deeper into your understanding and love of this ancient treasure.
Benedictus: a daily Mass companion (a “Magnificat”-like monthly missal for the Traditional Mass)
1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal-Angelus Press (leather option) (English). Other options:1962 Misal Diario Catolico Apostolico Romano-Angelus Press (Español)
Gregorius Magnus: biannual magazine of the Una Voce Federation Summer 2022 edition
The Eternal Gift: Revisiting An Excellent Resource to Learn the Latin Mass (video)- Easter Sunday 1940 Solemn Mass narrated by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. For more on the the video: here
Cristero Martyrs Shrine: pamphlet
iMass: FSSP liturgical broadcasting apostolate (live Masses, missal for phones)
Dr. Kwasniewski lecture (video) on The Four Qualities of Liturgy: Validity, Licitness, Fittingness, and Authenticity.
In faithful obedience to tradition, the sacred Council declares that Holy Mother Church holds all lawfully recognized rites to be of equal right and dignity; that she wishes to preserve them in the future and to foster them in every way.
Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 4