Rorate Caeli

A publication worth your attention: The St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal for the Traditional Latin Mass

In issuing Summorum Pontificum the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, spoke of giving the Usus Antiquior its proper place, and preserving the treasury of the Church’s faith and prayer. Thanks to his generosity, many souls have been able to discover the riches contained in its prayers, chants, signs, gestures, and moments of silence.

The first time one attends the Usus Antiquior he quickly discovers that it is multilayered, as is the tradition in other Rites. He may choose to pray the Offertory chant, or the prayers silently said by the priest at the same time, or simply follow the gestures which accompany them. Indeed, the riches never seem to be exhausted, but there is another level to discover; as the first text of the liturgy for Sundays after Pentecost exclaims: O altitudo divitiarum sapientiae et scientiae Dei!

One of the great efforts of Benedict XVI has been to restore the liturgy to its proper place in the life of the faithful. One can see an increase in articles, sermons, and courses which try to encourage the faithful to enter into this liturgical life. Perhaps no greater aid is available to the faithful than the missal used at each Mass.

For this reason, the St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal for the Traditional Latin Mass is an important contribution for souls desiring to delve into the vast wealth of the Usus Antiquior. It is more than a translation of the Mass into the vernacular. In a certain sense it is analogous to the Rites themselves in that it is multilayered. One who first picks it up can use it to follow the texts or the gestures through the pictures for both Low Mass and Solemn Mass. For one who is already familiar, it also provides references to the meaning and history of these same prayers, chants, signs and gestures, and thereby serves to encourage one to dig deeper and come to know the “depth of the riches” of the Church’s liturgy.

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter was therefore very pleased to make a small contribution to the St. Edmund Campion Missal by providing the setting for the Mass pictures at its parish in Rome and the church of St. Michael at its General House in Fribourg, Switzerland. Fittingly, under the altar in the latter, St. Peter Canisius is buried. This great apostle of the Catholic, postTridentine Restoration worked tirelessly to instruct souls and help them come to a better understanding of their faith. This missal follows very much in that tradition; may it serve in the work of restoration in our times as well !

Rev. John Berg
Superior General, Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
26 September, 2012
Ss. John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues & Companions

This is the foreword of a remarkable new missal for the laity, a nearly 1000-page heavily illustrated pew missal published by Corpus Christi Watershed, the St. Edmund Campion Missal, now available for pre-ordering. 

The features of this new work, that intends to highlight the whole beauty of the Traditional Mass, are quite extensive, and are presented in the video below - one of our favorites is the placing, side by side, of some ancient images of liturgical books, some over over 1200 years old, with the exact same words used by the Latin Church all the way down to the 1962 typical edition. This feature displays in a stunning fashion how Traditional Catholics worship with the exact same words used by their Roman Rite ancestors in the faith from time immemorial .

More information and pre-ordering here. We hope it soon becomes available in versions in different languages, it seems an excellent introduction to the Traditional Mass. [As usual, this is a disinterested presentation.] 


Jose Pablo Arias Soto said...

We'll love to see a Latin-Spanish Edition...

Don M said...

I have pre ordered a few copies
Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
I have a couple standard and very good Missals for Holy Mass. Still: I also have some younger children, and extended family members that are not so familiar with the Mass, and I think would find this Missal very useful.
I also desire to support an artful beautiful presentation of the Holy Mass in the Traditional Rite, and look forward myself to embrace more completely.
Deo Gratias

Athelstane said...

The price looks surprisingly affordable...

All should note that New Liturgical Movement is planning a six part guest series exploring the new missal in detail. If you'd like to learn more before plunking your money down.

Hidden One said...

Let us not forget that this is also a hymnal (and, seemingly, a good one), and is designed to fit in the backs of pews.

Dymphna said...

I just ordered mine.

gabriel said...

One thing missing from the otherwise excellent publisher's overview of the book is a good description of the binding, or any picture of the finished book. Does anyone have any further information on this?

The Rad Trad said...

Could a parish feasibly buy these and store them in the pews? Sounds like a cheaper solution than hymnals and disposable missalettes!

Ma Tucker said...

I love the workmanship. I don't like the inclusion of photography. I dislike intensely their promotion of hymnody in the low Mass. I would love a free copy to see whether they managed to keep their personal tastes regarding music in the liturgy out of it. Judging by the intro, I fear not.