A while back I fielded a question about the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism in the traditional form, using the older Rituale Romanum. In that discussion the issue of booklets for the use of bystanders came up.
The nice people at Angelus Press sent me a copy of their booklet for baptism in the traditional form.
One booklet costs $3.95 and packs of 10 cost $26.00.
This booklet contains more than the baptismal rites. It also has
- On Holy Baptism by Fr. Franz Schmidberger
- Church Teaching About Baptism
- The Ceremonies of Baptism
- The Serious Obligations of Godparents
- The Churching of Women
- Blessing of a Woman after Childbirth and of Her Child
- Consecration of a Child to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- The Rite for the Baptism of Adults, The Reception of Converts
The booklet does not have an imprimatur.
There is a place to write in names, dates, information, for when this book serves also as a memento of the rite.
There is English and Latin for everything, facing.
There is a useful section on godparents, or “sponsors” as they are sometimes called today.
Since not all who come into the Church are unbaptized, there is a section for the reception of converts.
It was interesting to read this. This was the form I used, lo those many years ago.
It is a useful book. I would prefer an imprimatur, of course. And I am not entirely enthusiastic about giving people treatises on baptism by priests who are not in manifest unity with the Roman Pontiff. However, if you are going to have traditional baptisms in your parish, Reverend Fathers – which you can under the provisions of Summorum Pontificum – you may find this book useful in many ways.