Published books containing Sarum liturgical
texts are rare and expensive to buy on the second-hand book
market. We are fortunate to have Internet-based sources
and the possibility, through a certain amount of ingenuity
and work, of producing usable books.
The most valuable source I have found is the
Archive using the search word "Sarum". There
are plenty of texts in Latin and English, not only the liturgical
books themselves but also studies, the Pie or priestly directory
for getting everything right, and a number of historical
Here, one in particular may find the 1911
Warren translation -
I have collated a lectionary
by using the biblical references of the readings and copying
/ pasting text from the King
James Bible. I would appreciate help in proof-reading
this lectionary, which is not free from omissions and scanning
errors. If the pdf files of the missal are converted into
text and processed via a desktop publishing programme, the
Biblical readings can be inserted and the result is a complete
missal as practical to use as the 1962 Roman Missal.
Perhaps someone with the time and money could
consider publishing a missal from this source. Hope springs
An edition of the Sarum Missal in English,
again without the lectionary texts, is available
from Amazon. The book is a paperback and has the pages
glued to the spine without any real binding work. It is
therefore useless for use at the altar and would last only
a very short time before fallign apart. Personally I prefer
the Warren translation, though both are in "Prayer
Book" style. You may be interested in buying the Pearson
book, but it is appropriate only for being kept on a bookshelf
and occasionally referred to.
The Latin Missal in the 1868 Dickinson edition,
republished by Gregg in the 1970's, is again a rare book
and can fetch prices in excess of £300. It has been
out of print for years, and Gregg is out of business. Who
owns the offset litho plates is anyone's guess. The Order
of Mass and the temporal cycle (contents of volume I) can
be found here
in various formats. The lectionary is included. The
pages need to be made printable on booklets of pages so
that a book can be bound by sewing in sections - the only
binding menthod to give something that lasts more than five
minutes at the altar. The rest of the Dickinson missal needs
to be found elsewhere. I tracked down the whole missal here.
Set up your computer with ftp software and follow instructions
for configuring the ftp software to communicate with their
site. Look for "Missale Ad Usum ... Sarum, ed. Dickinson,
Oxf. and L. 1861-83.pdf" and download. The file
is some 50 megabytes and the print quality is rather poor.
There are some pages missing in the sanctoral cycle at around
the end of August. I recovered the missing material from
the York missal, comparing with what I have in the Warren
missal in English to make sure I had the right texts.
It's a lot of work, but the material is available.
Here is a precious resource for the Music
of the Sarum Office. The Gradual for the Ordinary of
the Mass and the temporal cycle is available to order
here. Grab it before it goes out of print! The sanctoral
cycle, the commons, votive masses and ritual masses still
need to be done. That's for the chant for the Mass in Latin.
If anyone wants to use the Sarum liturgy,
there is no excuse for not doing so on account of the unavailability