ASK FATHER: Initial inquiry resources for priests who don’t know the Traditional Mass

From a reader…


I work at a faithful parish with a wonderful faithful priest. He has told me that while he doesn’t plan to say the TLM he does want to learn more about it so that he can beautify the NO at the parish. Are there good books available that would aide in this for him. I also don’t want to be heavy handed in the matter. Thank you!

The first thing that occurred to me was the wonderful book by St. Augustine Academy Press.  There is always an ad for it on my right side bar.  It is beautiful and different age groups can benefit from it differently.

Treasure and Tradition: The Ultimate Guide To The Latin Mass

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  1. acardnal says:

    I concur with Fr. Z ‘ s choice. I would also suggest “Nothing Superfluous” by Fr. James Jackson, FSSP.


    Fr. James W. Jackson, a priest of the FSSP

    Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great 



  2. William says:

    Just this morning I took this same book to Holy Mass with me to give to the Director of Religious Ed–albeit, in a discreet brown envelope. It’s been circulating for some time now and is always returned with much gratification.

  3. Antiquorum says:

    Treasure and Tradition is a wonderful book! They have a illustration for every movement the priest makes. It really helps you to drill down into what’s going on. Besides the illustrations there are lots of pictures and charts, which really help people like my wife, who enjoy learning through more visual means.

    There’s also a section that shows some of the similarities between what the Jews did and used in the temple with what we now do in our churches.

  4. roma247 says:

    Plus…St. Augustine Academy Press just announced this morning that they are trying a new program with huge discounts on international shipping. It’s only live in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada for now, and the interface is kinda clunky, but for those outside the US it may finally make purchases of this book feasible.

  5. Precentrix says:

    I’d suggest “Turning Towards the Lord” and “Signs of the Holy One”, both by Fr. Lang.

    Also, and this wouldn’t apply to Low Mass but would potentially apply to a Latin Novus Ordo, “Reflections on the spirituality of Gregorian Chant” by Dom Jacques Hourlier.

    And what about “Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness”? It might make a slightly uncomfortable read but I think if taken in good faith it could at least provide an impetus for a more… vertical… and overtly beautiful celebration.

    [Yes, laywomen can be liturgical geeks too].


    Turning Toward the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer” by my friend the Oratorian Father Uwe Michael Lang.


    Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual, and Expression of the Sacred.


  6. Charles E Flynn says:

    The FSSP have an entire page of relevant resources:

  7. Fr. Kelly says:

    So too do the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

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