Resources for more solemn traditional ceremonies

Today we will have a Pontifical Mass at the Throne, followed by a Eucharistic Procession for Corpus Christi.

Please ask God to give us good weather!

I know that many communities are getting familiar with more solemn liturgy. There are good resources now, such as videos of Masses available.

Having a couple good books really helps. For example, are these parts, I consult a couple manuals of ceremonies. Keep in mind that they will have variations, because the authors had to find solutions for their particular settings. For example, in some places the Assistant Priest carries the bookstand to the altar at the offertory, in others the MC carries it. Hence, we should be a little flexible and not read every direction in the manuals as if they were chiseled in stone. Where you are you will have problems to solve. Figure it out! But, first, read widely and get your mind and heart into the genius, the logic of the Roman Rite.

A few books that I find useful for the 1962 rites are:

Manual of Episcopal Ceremonies Based on the Caaremoniale Episcoporum Decrees of the Sacred Congregation of Rites and Approved Authors by Aurelius Stehle


The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described by Adrian Fortescue, J.B. O’Connell, Alcuin Reid


And there are the great volumes of Jeffrey Collins.  Today, for example, I reviewed

The Roman Catholic Ceremonial. Volume II: The Pontifical Ceremonies by Jeffrey Collins

I wrote about the first volume HERE.

Alas, these seem not to be in print at the moment.  I hope they will be again soon.  I’ll drop a note to the author.

In any event, thanks to the Extraordinary Ordinary, we’ve been having these Pontifical Masses for a while now and we have started to get comfortable with it, and with our slight variations.  Ritus Madisonensis?

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  1. Geoffrey says:

    What about the Ordinary Form? I have Bishop Elliott’s two volumes of the “Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite”. I believe he is working on a third about the celebration of the Sacraments. Other than that, there doesn’t appear to be anything else to help the Ordinary Form be as beautiful and reverent as it has the potential to be.

  2. Mike says:

    How was the weather? Washington got drenched, so we processed indoors at Old St. Mary’s.

  3. msc says:

    “Hence, we should be a little flexible…”: but I thought you were positively ossified!

    [I am! “positively” not “negatively”]

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