OPERI DEI PRAEPONATUR"
Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God
(Rule of Saint Benedict, 43)
of the Reform
In this section, I will be publishing
some of my own reflections together with other Roman
Catholic and Anglican commentators.
of the Liturgy
Here are a few links on topics related
to liturgical history.
This following link from the Canterbury
Project gives information on some of the leading
protagonists of Victorian Anglican ritualism
together with some texts from the period.
for the liturgy in English and Latin
- The "Chant Books" section is amazing,
as is this whole site.
The Reforms of Pius
XII and John XXIII
The reforms to the Missal and Breviary
in the 1950's and early 60's were not universally
welcomed, as attested by a criticism dating from
The reforms by Paul VI and John
Paul II have caused a considerable amount of
contestation. I include here a paper on the
subject that expresses original thought.
Since the summer of 2007,
there are two officially recognised "uses"
of the Roman rite in the Roman Catholic
Church: the "extraordinary use"
(1570-1962) and the "ordinary use"
Canonical Mass of the English Orthodox
by Dr. Raymond Winch (pdf file). This was
an attempt dating from 1988 at reconstructing
the Mass of Ordo Romanus Primus
the Gregorian Sacramentary for use in a western
rite Orthodox context.
Latin Rite Mass
- what was in use in the
Roman Catholic Church until Vatican II, and
still used by a number of traditionalist communities.
In 1969 Pope Paul VI replaced it by a newly
Rite (1570) - amost identical with the
Ordo Missae of the 1474 Princeps Edition,
broadly speaking a restoration of the Roman
liturgy of the 11th century, but with a number
of new elements derived from existing use
and scholastic theology. It was codified by
Pope St Pius V following the directives of
the Council of Trent.
Ordo (1969) - the work of Msgr Annabile
Bugnini and the Consilium, promulgated
by Paul VI in 1969. This artificial rite
is now the official usage of the Roman
Catholic Church ("Latin" Rite),
and its refusal motivated the existence
of a traditionalist movement. The Vatican
allows the usage of the 1962 edition of
John XXIII (simplified calendar and rubrics,
new 1955 Holy Week ceremonies of Bugnini
/ Pius XII)
for the old Roman Mass (Latin)
in Microsoft Publisher 2000
- Click with your right
mouse button to save the file onto your hard
disk. Note: this file works only with
MS Publisher (part of the Office 2000 package).
You must adapt the printer and page setup
parameters to your own system, and you can
change the text style and size within the
contraints of the text frames and general
size desired. Click
for the altarcards in pdf format
- but this file cannot be modified and is
designed for European A4 paper format. Then
print the cards on off-white or cream coloured
paper and frame them.
- of the Archdiocese of Lyons
(France) and surrounding area. St
Jean Viannay, the Curé d'Ars,
celebrated according to this rite.
Note certain similarities with the
- the rite of the Order of
Preachers. It is used by the Fraternity
of St. Vincent Ferrer (Chemeré-le-Roi,
France), by the SSPX Dominicans at
Avrillé near Angers, France,
and by a few Dominican priests in
Rome and elsewhere. It is strikingly
similar to Sarum and other diocesan
uses, but is based on 13th century
Dominican Liturgy Blog - Fr. Augustine
Rite - the rite of the Archdiocese
of Milan until its reform on Novus
Ordo lines around 1970. It
had been used in much of the north
of Italy and Switzerland, and
a few parts of southern France.
It was found used in the English
parish of Telford in the 15th
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Rite (Toledo, Spain) - the rite
of the Cathedral of Toledo, Spain,
used once a year in a special chapel
since being replaced by the Roman
Use of Sarum