I picked up my spankin’ new copy of the reissue of Ludovico Trimeloni’s Compendio di Liturgia Pratica today (Milano: Marietti 1829, 2007), pp. 865, E. 40.
This heavy Italian tome teaches you how to do everything liturgical…. as it was in 1962.
If you read Italian and want to know how things are to be done in the Roman Rite … the "Tridentine" Rite, this book will probably have the complete directions along with practical and helpful tips. Anything added by the modern editor, Pietro Siffi, is set off in brackets so that you don’t get confused about who wrote what.
I don’t especially like choice to revive the use of the "j", which Siffi calls "l’uso romano… Roman usage". There is no "J" in Latin, or shouldn’t be. Fr. Foster, famous Latinist here in Rome, tells the story of when John Paul II was elected and he began to sign his first name with a "J" as in "Joannes". Foster reminded the Pope that there is no "J" in Latin. The Pope thought about that for a while and then responded: "There is now." No other man on earth could make that declaration. On the other hand, there is no "J" on JP2’s tomb. But I digress.
All the diagrams were redone for this edition. I find them to be not all that well done. They are a bit blurry, as if the resolution of the graphic image just didn’t translate well to the publishing software. Still, they are legible.
In a this volume is far more comprehensive than Fortesque O’Connell. It is organized with the sort of analytical precision that was possible, perhaps, only in the mind of pre-Conciliar Roman clerics. You just don’t see this degree of articulation any more. There are six pages on how to bow.
There is a preface by H.E. Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos. It is dedicated to the Holy Father. Benedict XVI’s Sacramentum caritatis is quoted at the beginning.
"But Father! But Father!" some of you are saying in white knuckled anticipation. "What does the book say about the Second Confiteor???!! TELL US NOW! ARRRRRGGGH!"
First, you find the important part on p. 522 for a "Read Mass".
Here the famous brackets of the author come into play. you find, in brackets – meaning that the editor interpolated this part into the text – how to do the Second Confiteor before Holy Communion of the healthy faithful present.
However, there is a footnote (#4 my translation):
"The rubrics of 1962 suppressed the Confiteor before Communion, even if it is still being recited in nearly all the communities that celebrate in the traditional rite. For completeness the rite is indicated here, in anticipation of an official pronouncement of the Holy See."
Okay… I guess I can live with that, provided we clearly understand that the Second Confiteor, as Siffi correctly indicated, was suppressed in 1962. Thus, because the Holy See gave use of the 1962 edition and not an earlier edition, the Second Confiteor should not be done. Still, there is an ongoing tradition of doing it in many places. I am sure that the Holy See will probably say go ahead, big deal.
This is the same technique used by those who wanted Communion in the hand and also girl altar boys, but that is another matter.
For the Solemn Mass, there is no mention at all of the Second Confiteor.
I am sure this will afford many clerics hours of delightfully picky and fascinating reading. As I find things of interest or delight, I will pass them along.
For example: in the paragraph on what to do if a Host is dropped during distribution of Holy Communion, it is recommended that if the Host falls onto or into a woman’s dress, she should fish it out herself (p. 523).