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Recommended reading list

In addition to the titles offered by Romanitas Press, the following English-language books are recommended as essential rubrical reading.

The Celebration of Mass: A Study of the Rubrics of the Roman Missal; Rev. J.B. O'Connell (Bruce, 1964) - reprinted by Preserving Christian Publications.

A detailed and comprehensive book by an well-known and respected liturgical author. Has many information sections on topics such as liturgical law and custom. Replete with many details that other rubricians often omit. Printed late in 1964, it was the last contemporary and thereby most up-to-date rubrical manual printed for the 1962 Missale Romanum.


The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described; Dr. Adrian Fortescue (1962-2007) - reprinted by St. Michael's Abbey Press.

The indispensable, all-year round ceremonial book is complete with many helpful diagrams - a standard and must-have for those in English-speaking countries.


The Book of Ceremonies; Very Rev. Lawrence O'Connell (Bruce, 1956) -presently this can be obtained only secondhand.

One of the best and detailed ceremonial manuals available in English for ordinary ceremonies. It lists the general principles systematically as no other previous rubrical book (in any language) had.


How to Serve In Simple, Solemn, and Pontifical Functions; Dom Matthew Britt, O.S.B. (1934) - reprinted by Biretta Books.

An excellent and detailed manual for altar servers which embodies some of the best practices.


Supplement to Notes on the Rubrics of the Roman Ritual; Rev. James O'Kane (1883) - available via Google Books in PDF.

Manual of Episcopal Ceremonies; Archabbot Aurelius Stehle (Archabbey Press, 1961); 2 volumes - reprinted by Preserving Christian Publications.

A clear and concise manual outlining the various principles for the individual ministers during pontifical ceremonies. To aid the instructions on preparing and describing the ceremonies, several helpful charts and diagrams are included.


Rubrics of the Roman Breviary and Missal; Sacred Congregation of Rites (1960).

The English translation of the Rubricae Generales section.


Learning the Mass: A Manual for Seminarians and Priests; Rev. Walter Schmitz, S.S. (Benziger, 1960)

A concise and handy manual for learning how to offer the traditional Roman Mass. Includes parallel columns of the missal Latin text with English explanations.


Compendium Sacrae Liturgicae juxta Ritum Romanum
Rev. Innocentius Wapelhorst, O.F.M. (Benziger Brothers 1931)
-presently this can be obtained only secondhand, but a Google Books (PDF) of the 1915 edition can be found here.

A Latin rubrical manual that concisely explains general ceremonies of the Roman Rite. Written by an American Franciscan, it also lists the recognized USA liturgical customs.


Matters Liturgical (Collectio Rerum Liturgicarium)
Revs. Joseph Wuest, Thomas Mullaney & William Barry, C.SS.R (Pustet 1956) - presently this can be obtained only secondhand.

An excellent compendium of liturgical laws and prescriptions.


The Handbook of Ceremonies for Priests and Seminarians; Mueller-Ellis (Herder, 1954).

A handy manual, but only available secondhand.


Other manuals (not compiled by English-speaking authors)
Manuale Sacrarum Caeremoniarum; Msgr. Pio Martinucci (papal master of ceremonies - revised and reprinted Msgr. Giovanni-Batista Menghini (also a papal MC) (Pustet 1911-1915). A Google Books (PDF) of the 1897 edition can be found here Manuel de Liturgie et Ceremonial selon le rit romain; Fr. Leon-Michel Le Vavasseur - revised and republished several times, first by Fr. Joseph Haegy, then lastly by Fr. Louis Stercky (1940). Commonly known as: Le Vavasseur-Haegy-Stercky.

Available as a reprint from St. Pius X Seminary in Econe, Switzerland [both as 2-volume full set, and abridged single volume for small churches: Ceremonial a l'usage des petites eglises de paroisse].


Liturgical books
Rituale Romanum ; a pocket version of the Latin-only universal edition)

 

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