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. Summorum Pontificum, Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI on the Use of the Roman Liturgy prior to the reform of 1970 (July 7, 2007); Pope Benedict XVI, Letter to the Bishops on the publication of Summorum Pontificum; Instruction on the Application of Summorum Pontificam by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (April 30, 2011); CDF Cum Sanctissima (2020).
2. Mediator Dei, Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XII on the Sacred Liturgy.
3. The Spirit of the Liturgy, Cardinal Ratzinger.
4. The Traditional Latin Mass Explained, Gueranger, Kwasniewski (Foreword).
5. Nothing Superfluous-An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great, Jackson FSSP.
6. The Latin Mass Explained, Moorman.
7. The Mass-A Study of the Roman Liturgy, Fortescue.
8. The Traditional Mass-History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite, Fiedrowicz.
10. Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass, Kwasniewski
11. The Heresy of Formlessness-The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy, Mosebach.
12. The Reform of the Roman Liturgy-Its Problems and Background, Gamber.
13. Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness-Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages, Kwasniewski, Mosebach (Foreward).
14. The Case for Liturgical Restoration: Una Voce Studies on the Traditional Latin Mass, Shaw (Ed.), Cardinal Burke (Preface).
15. Phoenix from the Ashes-The Making, Unmaking, and Restoration of Catholic Tradition, H.J.A. Sire.
16. The Mass and Modernity-Walking to Heaven Backwards, Robinson.
17. The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, Fortescue, O'Connell, Reid OSB.
18. The Liturgical Altar, Webb.
19. A Guide for Altar and Sanctuary, Cardinal Vaughan.
20. 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)
The Liturgical Year, 15 volume set, hardcover/softcover options (one may also buy a volume individually (e.g., Advent, Lent)).
Una Voce's Spring 2021 edition: Gregorius Magnus
iMass: FSSP liturgical broadcasting apostolate (live Masses, missal for phones)
LatinMass.live: a live-updating index of live-streaming Masses (and more) on the internet
Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos video on the traditional Mass and Summorum Pontificum
Dr. Kwasniewski lecture (video) on The Four Qualities of Liturgy: Validity, Licitness, Fittingness, and Authenticity.
What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.
Pope Benedict XVI, Letter to the Bishops on the publication of Summorum Pontificum.