Liturgical Documents and Articles
Promulgation of reformed and codified Roman Missal
Pope St. Pius V, 1570
Promulgation of reformed Roman Missal
Pope Clement VIII, 1604
Promulgation of revised Roman Missal
Pope Urban VIII, 1634
Tra le Sollecitudini
Restoration of Sacred Music
Pope St. Pius X, 1903
On the Reform of the Roman Breviary
Pope St. Pius X, 1911
Towards a Liturgical Reform
Announcing a general reform and outlining some details
Pope St. Pius X, 1913
The Holiness of Divine Worship
On Gregorian Chant and Sacred Music
Pope Pius XI, 1928
On the Sacred Liturgy
Pope Pius XII, 1947
Concerning the Discipline to be Observed
with Respect to the Eucharistic Fast
Pope Pius XII, 1953
On Sacred Music
Pope Pius XII, 1955
Cum Nostra Hac Aetate
On the Simplification of the Rubrics
Pope Pius XII, 1955
[aka Rubricarum instructum]
Liturgical Notions and Rules of Sacred Music and Active Participation
SRC Instruction, 1958
Reforms of St. Pius X
Some extracts that explain the principal points and motivation of the 1911 Breviary Reform (Divino Afflatu).
Discussions on Continuing Reforms
A article (1953) by Dom Salmon, OSB about future revisions to the Breviary including a distinction of public and private versions.
Holy Week Reform of Pius XII
To Restore the Liturgical Order of Holy Week―1955 SRC General Decree.
This 1956 ceremonial explains the reasons, objectives, and pastoral solicitude for the Holy Week Reform.
Two vintage articles (1933 & 1951) that explain the history and symbolism of the Paschal Candle, and its restoration in the reformed Easter Vigil.
The History and Spirit of Holy Week
A comprehensive article (1957) by Fr. John Miller that explores the Holy Week rites and their subsequent reform.
Preparing for Holy Week
An excellent book from 1957 by Fr. Clifford Howell, SJ about the significance of the Holy Week Rites. Provides many useful tips for priests.
Compiled by Fr. Godfrey Diekmann, OSB, this 1957 missalette has been provided as as study guide to review the prayers and rituals of the Holy Week Reform (45mb)
On the Holy Week Reform
Vidcast: Louis Tofari with Jeff Cassman (Welcome to Tradition)
Vidcast: Louis Tofari with Timothy Flanders (The Meaning of Catholic)
1960 New Code of Rubrics for Roman Missal and Breviary
Apostolic Letter of Pope John XXIII promulgating the new code of rubrics.
Commentary on the New Code of Rubrics
An explanation of the new rubrics and their rationale by Fr. Joseph Loew, SRC consultor.
St. Joseph's Name in Canon (1962)
An excellent study of 1961 on the efforts since 1815 to achieve the goal. Includes an account of Pope John XXIII's act in November 1962.
On Reforms of 1962 Liturgical Books
On Substantial and Accidental Change in the Liturgical Texts
Fr. Albert Marcello explains important distinctions concerning the '62 liturgical reforms and errors of the pre-55 stance.
Archbishop Lefebvre on the Liturgical Reforms of Pope Pius XII
A compilation of extracts from Archbishop Lefebvre explaining how the liturgical reforms of Popes Pius XII and John XXIII are not modernist and must be accepted.