For a while now I have been plugging Tracey Rowland’s insightful book. I WARMLY recommend it.
I recently recommended it in the context of the PODCAzT reading I did of Donum veritatis (I was suggesting it for Beans).
I thought so highly of it that for last year’s Books for Seminarians Project, you readers got copies for all the seminarians of the Diocese of the Extraordinary Ordinary!
Fr. James V. Schall, SJ, has a detail review of Rowland’s book at New Oxford Review.
In other news, I have also recently received… though I haven’t read.
A Noble Task: Entry into the Clergy in the First Five Centuries by Lewis J. Patsavos
Wind From Heaven: John Paul II–The Poet Who Became Pope by Monika Jablonska
Loosing the Lion: Proclaiming the Gospel of Mark by Leroy A Huizenga
Without Precedent: Scripture, Tradition, and the Ordination of Women by Geoffrey Kirk
And last but not least…
The Roman Catholic Ceremonial. Volume II: The Pontifical Ceremonies by Jeffrey Collins
I wrote about the first volume HERE.
Take it from a guy who has to run Pontifical Masses as an MC. This is a useful book. The rites are explained in detail and broken down. He covers just about every permutation of Masses with and for Bishops that you can think up, along with visitations and confirmations, vespers and benediction, special ceremonies during the year and some rites from the Rituale Romanum. He does NOT, alas, include the rites for the Consecration of a Church, which I hope to be able to execute in the not too distant future. I am going to nag Collins for that.