Rorate Caeli

On the Reform of Holy Week under Pope Pius XII

John XXIII venerating the cross, according to the pre-1955 rubrics.

The blog Disputationes Theologicae has published a long (and disturbing) essay on the reform of Holy Week accomplished between 1951 and 1956 by Bugnini et al.

Among other things the essay informs us that, in 1959, Pope John XXIII made a point of observing Good Friday according to the pre-1955 rite.

The essay is in Italian. A Google translation into English can be found here. A more formal translation into English should be available soon.

Incidentally, the Italian blog post has a picture of the rite of un-nailing of the Corpus, a Holy Week devotional practice that has largely disappeared in the last 50 years.