Essential Reading about the Mass and about Priesthood

Here is some essential reading about the Traditional Mass.

The Traditional Mass: History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite by Michael Fiedrowicz.


Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great by Fr. James W. Jackson


The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy (Revised and Expanded Edition) by Martin Mosebach


Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages by Peter Kwasniewski


And in the matter of liturgy and liturgical reform…

The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger


The Reform of the Roman Liturgy: Its Problems and Background by Klaus Gamber


Turning Towards the Lord by Uwe Michael Lang


And because the priest’s self-understand is tied to everything in the Church…

In Sinu Iesu


The Day Is Now Far Spent by Robert Card. Sarah


The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.


God or Nothing: a conversation on Faith by Robert Card. Sarah


From the Depths of Our Hearts: Priesthood, Celibacy and the Crisis of the Catholic Church by Robert Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI


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  1. bobbortolin says:

    Does anyone know if the new Cardinal Sarah/Benedict XVI book will be available on Audible?

  2. TLM in the Heart says:

    Thanks Fr. Z for sharing your reading list. The new book, “The Traditional Mass…..” by Michael Fiedrowicz looks like a great read for us lovers of the TLM. Will have to get it.

  3. JabbaPapa says:

    The book by Pope Benedict and Cardinal Sarah is certainly focused on the priesthood, but it is also an excellent doctrinal and pastoral introduction to the sacramental theology generally, and so it is a very useful little book for everyone, and not just those who are or who have family members that are contemplating a Vocation to Holy Orders.

    I’ve not read the others, but I still might suggest starting with this one, then going on to the other recommended books by Cardinals Sarah and Ratzinger, then from there to the more detailed works that seem also to be excellent.

    In personal Good News, our Diocese is resuming the Holy Mass from Monday onwards as the lockdown ends in Monaco, though it will not fully benefit our own Parish as it is on this side of the border in France, where Masses may not resume until June.

    But I can easily instead attend Mass in the Parish where I was Baptised in 2005 — Monday morning Mass at 8:30. I will need to wear a mask though, tum te tum … I will have to wait and see if it will be Spiritual Communion only, or in the hand or something.

    I hope that the measures that the new Bishop had initially announced for increased numbers of Masses to allow for a greater number of smaller congregations with social distancing, plus extra votive Masses, are carried forward.

    I will anyway pray for those many who are still unable to attend church.

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