ACTION ITEM & BOOK NOTICE: A “how to” manual of ceremonies for the PRE-1955 TRIDUUM and PENTECOST! Wherein Fr. Z rants on the times we are in, books you should buy, and why you should buy them.

I have an action item for you.  Below, I am pushing a couple of books, one old and one new.  Here on my treasure chest, this blog, I am channeling my inner Matthew 13:52.

But first, a rant from your sponsor!

Even as the powers-that-be, frightened and confused by the faith of those who desire traditional sacred liturgical worship, ratchet up their instruments of torture for the same and try to return the Church to their beloved 70’s and 80’s, let us all remember that this is 2022, not 1972 or 1982.

Today is there alternative sources of news about the Church and the world.  After years of Benedict XVI’s “Marshall Plan” for the Church and the world via Summorum Pontificum, there are many more priests who know how to celebrate the TLM, there are books [NB!] and cards and vestments, etc. etc., which were not available before.

STATUS QUAESTIONIS: Things are so much better than they were before, even under the hammer blows from below.

The only way to the end of this persecution is to go through it to the other side.  We have to press FORWARD.

On that note, here is good news.

Just as the “Jailers of Tradition” make their attempt to suppress people who desire the 1962 Missale Romanum, and they suppress the Sacred Triduum in some places, there is now a new guide for the ceremonies of the PRE-1955 Triduum.

It was crafted by dom Alcuin Reid who had prepared the updated edition of Fortescue-O’Connell.

The Ceremonies of Holy Week and the Vigil of Pentecost Described by Alcuin Reid: According to the Missale Romanum editio XXIX post typicam 1953.

I love this.  Traditionis custodes and the Dubious Dubia come out to repress people who want the obviously subversive and frightening 1962 Rites and this resource, about the even more terrifying pre-55 Triduum.  I love it, love it, love it.

The tank has one gear, and that is FORWARD.  And, with wondrous irony, forward is the past.

My apologies for this first photo, the cover is cloth (which is nice!) and it still has some of the debris from packaging. I was eager to take a photo.  The lettering is impressed in gold.

Another… cleaned up and with different light.

They are still taking pre-Orders.  From the Pax Inter Spinas site:

To pre-order The Ceremonies of Holy Week & The Vigil of Pentecost Described and benefit from the pre-publication price: please email us (including the number of copies you wish to order and your postal address). We will send a PayPal invoice including the exact postage cost.

The publishing concern is part of the Benedictine monastic community they are building.

Note the elegant typeface, too, with ligatures!


There are the full, solemn ceremonies and the humbler, scaled down versions where multiple clerics are not available.

I’ve always enjoyed these liturgical… what would be the correct printing term: glyphs?

It would be great if there were hex codes for them.

Dear Reader, it is important that we buy these books and distribute them to priests and seminarians.

First, the publishers need to know that there is a market for them, even in the face if Traditionis custodes.  Second, to use a chess analogy, these books are the counter-play to the threats from the queened pawns looking fire down those diagonals.  Scripta manent. 

Second, with the book I link below, even apart from videos that could be pulled deplatformed from the mainstream internet – before we get the alternative structure in place for that!! – a man could teach himself how to say the TLM and do all manner of traditional rites, like baptisms and marriages, etc.

Third, perusing these books help priests to understand who they are at the altar.  They shape his identity, supplement the priestly formation that he didn’t get and reshape some of the bad parts.  They will affect the way he says Mass and carries out rituals, his ars celebrandi, which in turn will have a knock-on effect with congregations.

I just got off the phone with a priest friend who said that he and another priest were training young guys, seminarians, etc., to celebrate the TLM.   Like clockwork we nearly at the same time said, “And they will never say the Novus Ordo again in the same way.”  It is amazing to see the light bulb go on, as a priest finally grasps why you do certain things in the Novus Ordo, or how much better it is in the TLM.

The only way out of these days we are in is to go through them.  We can be swept by the current against the rocks, or we can control our direction by pushing ahead stronger than the current.

Here is the update to Fortescue-O’Connell for the 1962 Roman Rite, which of course includes the post-1955 Triduum:

The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described


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  2. Son of Saint Alphonsus says:

    “ Third, perusing these books help priests to understand who they are at the altar. They shape his identity, supplement the priestly formation that he didn’t get and reshape some of the bad parts. They will affect the way he says Mass and carries out rituals, his ars celebrandi, which in turn will have a knock-on effect with congregations.”

    I can testify from personal experience that this is true. Yes, we had a “liturgical praxis” class in the seminary, such as it was. But I learned the ars celebrandi from Fortescue and O’Connell and Weust’s “Matters Liturgical” by night in my room. A week or so after ordination my first pastor asked me who taught us how to celebrate Mass…. because it sure wasn’t the way he was taught. I replied that I had a little extra help.

    Learning the Vetus Ordo on your own is a bit daunting but it can be done wit the help of a good ceremonial and videos available in YouTube. Additionally the FSSP has a kit available with everything you need to learn the Mass of the Ages. Once you have a good grasp of it you can meet with a priest or good MC for a few hours to go over things and answer questions.

    So Fathers and Seminarians, let’s do this. Let’s move forward and reclaim what belongs to us by right so we can save souls.

  3. redneckpride4ever says:

    This is amazing! Last year I attended the pre-55 Easter Vigil by the FSSP in Winchester, NH (prior to the church being given to the Institute of the Good Shepherd). Hands down the most beautiful liturgy I’ve ever attended!

    I wonder if there’s materials available out there for other rites in Traditional form: Ambrosian, Mozarabic, Carmelite etc. By that I mean Missals, Breviaries and such.

  4. This would be a great addition to my library. How does one purchase it?

    [I put ordering information in the post, above.]

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  6. Lurker 59 says:

    Love these books.

    Two Suggestions for Authors

    1. In these “how-to” books, please remember to have copious diagrams. Different learning styles and all that. It also gives a good check for people who misread directions.
    2. Don’t neglect paperback and electronic formats for these books. Yes, high-quality book for auspicious things, and all that, but if the goal is widespread informing of people and ready access, the price points have got to be lower and copies have got to be readily available.

    –>The only way out of these days we are in is to go through them. <–

    There is no superman going to come to save the Apostolic Faith for you. If you want it, then you are going to have to personally practice it. You are going to have to personally say "no" to those who try to take it away. It requires your labor and your sacrifice. To that end: There is endless talk of praying for vocations. What is needed is for groups of the laity to get together and, amongst themselves, say "Who will be the priest for us? Who will set aside dreams of family?" And then rally around that person and make it an effort (financially, helping them to get educated, supporting them as a family, etc.) to get that person ordained and come back home to them. Stop waiting for someone else to save Tradition. It is saved by personally receiving it and personally handing it on.

  7. Theodore says:

    As an accompaniment to vital books such as these I’ve been searching for reliable sources for Traditional Breviaries of the Divine Office. I’ve seen copies available on websites such as Baronius Press, Angelus Press, Virgo Sacrata, and Fraternity Publications used to have one but I don’t see it listed anymore.

    Are you aware of any other publishers who sell Breviaries, or do you have any other advice for curious individuals looking to acquire a copy? The website Divinum Officium is great for free casual use, but books are just so much better and more appropriate.

    Thank you for this post – I acquired a copy of each, and will be sure to find a good home for them.

    [Now that you mention it, I have sets of the 3 volume, Baronius Press, Latin and English Roman Breviary that I would like to sell. They are pristine, namely, still in their original box and wrapping, neve opened.]

  8. Fr. Kelly says:

    Ordered it today.

    Thanks Fr. Z

  9. Jacques-Antoine Fierz says:

    Ordered yesterday with this one
    to donate to the little library of the Collegium Caronensis.
    Sadly it is not so easy to have a deacon and a subdeacon for the celebrations of the Holy Week and our Priest has to sung everything alone! Quite challenging!

  10. artandcraft says:

    Aloha Father, I found “The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described” 7th Edition, published in 1943 on eBay years ago. This book is a treasure and has been my companion in the Sacristy for a while now!

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