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Craig Toth & Louis Tofari

Read an introductory article: Canon: The Meaning of the Latin Term


The aim of this small work is to help the serious student of the traditional Roman Mass gain a richer textual knowledge of four elements from the Missal: the Roman Canon, the Church’s great Eucharistic prayer; the Prefaces, which once constituted the beginning of the Canon; the five Sequences; and a Collect.

At first glance the contents of this book may appear to be merely of academic interest. But in fact, devotion to the sacred mysteries of the Holy Sacrifice as uniquely presented by the Roman Mass can be increased through a better appreciation of the precise Latin wording employed. Thus, the information contained within this work is both significant and accessible for even the average Catholic.

The Latin texts from the Roman Missal have been uniquely arranged to correspond with an interlinear English translation, thus providing the reader with a literal word-by-word explanation, along with copious footnotes providing further observations.

Also included are some explanatory chapters on important contextual material about the Canon (e.g., Style and Idiom of the  Roman Liturgy), along with two appendixes, and a Glossary of Select Terms.


246 pages, illustrated, softcover.



Fr. John Perricone, PhD
Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Author and Speaker
If the Traditional Mass is the crown of Catholic existence, then its Latin language must be called the jewels in its crown. Over the centuries the Church has elevated and adorned the Latin language of the Mass into a strata of beauty which surpasses even Cicero, Virgil and Juvenal. The Propers of the Mass alone are miniature gems of brevity, depth and majesty.  Messer’s Toth and Tofari deliver that beauty into the hands of every Catholic whose facility in Latin is not perfect. This book will be catalyst for further study and appreciation of the Holy Mass.



The Roman Canon: An Interlinear Translation

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