From a priest reader who works in a seminary and is involved with helping seminarians learn how to say Mass (edited):
… I find it helpful to know the historic reasons behind even small gestures at Mass. […]
Thus, I would like to prepare to pass along this wisdom by studying the Mass and absorbing, as much as I can, the reasons that we do what we do up there – so that the men are competent in, and devoted to saying the black/doing the red because they understand whence they come – and I find that if one wants to understand the parts/gestures/prayers/sequence of the novus ordo, he must study the TLM.
I read recently The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. Nicholas Gihr, which was superb. Might you have other book suggestions, either for me in preparation, or for the students, so as to understand the NO by understanding the TLM?
I haven’t read Gihr, but I have heard of it.
I am pleased that Father is taking this approach. As young men learn the older forms or learn about them, they will have a better grasp of who they are as priests and what they do at the altar.
I think they could benefit from access to Jungmann’s The Mass of the Roman Rite, which will be in the library, but should be on all of their shelves without question. It is a scholar’s approach. More accessible is, perhaps, Romano Guardini’s little book Meditations before Mass.
Also, have them look at the works of Klaus Gamber about ad orientem worship.
Perhaps some readers will offer other titles.