Liturgical-Rubrical

The Liturgical Altar
The Liturgical Altar by Geoffrey Webb  120 pages

Original year of publication: 1933
Reprinted in the year: 2010

 

"FOR very many this book of Mr. Geoffrey Webb’s will be a Godsend.” So penned Fr. Bede Jarrett, OP in the foreword of this invaluable title.

This brief, but comprehensive work presents a supernatural approach to understanding the center of Catholic life, the altar.

Considered by some to be “the bible” on the subject of the altar, this book covers its historical development, form, symbolism, and vesting, as well as it appurtenances, such as the cross, candles, use of flowers and reliquaries.

Continuing the words of Fr. Jarrett:

It presents to us in its unending formulas the ritual of Redemption. It does not aim at imposing the dead hand of antiquarianism on the adornment of the altar. It deals with the decrees of the Congregation that are in force, some directive, some perceptive, but only such as are of value today.

This book is also an inestimable resource from a practical aspect, in so far as it demonstrates how to construct a proper altar that conforms to the Church’s prescriptions and ideals without exhausting the parish coffers.

Please do not think that to carry out what is here recorded and to accomplish it…will necessarily be expensive. All that is written here can be done without much cost…

Mr. Webb’s magnificently composed text is complimented with pictorial examples of altars and line drawings that demonstrate how to implement what he outlines.

A timeless classic, this book will be of great general interest to any Catholic, lay or cleric, particularly church architects, liturgical artists, sacristans, those involved in liturgical functions, altar and rosary sodalities, florists, altar vesture manufactures, as well as religion teachers for all ages.

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De Sacra Liturgia Universim, Liturgicae Institutiones- Tractatus Primus by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  202 pages

Original year of publication: 1953
Reprinted in the year: 2010

PUBLISHED in its final edition posthumously after Msgr. Callewaert's death on the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in 1943, this liturgical work is perhaps his crowning glory.

The first volume of a three-part set, De Sacra Liturgia Universim was intended as a study on liturgical matters for both the clergy and laity. It is especially pertinent today in the efforts to restore the Roman cultural ethos that comprises Western civilization; the highest and most effective means is of course through the Roman Liturgy.

The American Ecclesiastical Review (Volume 62) had this to say about De Sacra Liturgia Universim in its book critique of 1920:

The present volume is the introductory one to a series comprising the liturgical interpretation of the Breviary, Missal, Ritual, and the ecclesiastical cycle under the title Annus ecclesiasticus. The author treats his subject of the Liturgy in general not merely as a Prolegomena but as a distinct branch of the Institutiones Liturgicae. Accordingly he distinguishes cult or worship from the liturgical expression of the same, as set forth in the history of the Church. The first part enters upon the analysis of the subject in its broad aspects, considering the end and purpose of the liturgical service, the principal and secondary ministry, the fruits, from the doctrinal, moral, and ascetical points of view. The historical aspect begins with the apostolic tradition and follows up the successive practice and legislation through the periods of Oriental, Gallican, Roman, and various local usages, down to the reforms of Trent and the evolution of the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

 

The latter half of the volume is devoted to an inquiry into the sources of liturgical legislation, the early collections and the interpreting bodies such as the Sacred Congregations. A special article is devoted to the study of the texts, the preferences and corrections represented by the literary monuments and typical editions of the Roman liturgy. The final chapter, "De Liturgica Scientia ejusque Methodo", is intended to guide the student in the systematic inquiry as to the manner of exposition. There is a chapter on customs, also a good analytical index. The author has in press a practical guide on the Mass, under the title Caeremoniale in celebrandis Missis tam privatis quam solemnibus, in Vesperis et Laudibus SS. Sacramenti servandum.

 

                                                                                                    

Printed on natural-colored paper and perfect-bound in a ivory leatherette softcover.

The text is entirely in Latin.

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De Breviarii Romani Liturgia, Liturgicae Institutiones- Tractatus Secundus by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  332 pages

Original year of publication: 1939
Reprinted in the year: 2010

A COMPREHENSIVE work on the historical development and principles of the Roman Breviary.

Includes chapters on:

  • Notions of the Divine Office and general rules

  • The History of the Canonical Office

  • The Constitutive Elements of the Office

  • Of the Various Hours of the Daily Office

  • Of the Various Offices

  • Of the Relation of the Office within itself

  • Of the Office outside the Breviary's corpus

Printed on natural-colored paper and perfect-bound in a blue leatherette softcover.

Text is entirely in Latin.

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Candles in the Roman Rite by Rev. Edwin Ryan, D.D.  36 pages

Original year of publication: 1934
Reprinted in the year: 2009

In the Catholic Faith, candles not only represent “the True Light Which enlightens every man who comes into the world” but much more besides!  Discover the rich symbolism and ancient history surrounding the use of church candles in this fascinating, illustrated book.  Educate yourself about the rules and practices concerning candles in the Roman Rite through chapters that cover Masses offered by a priest or bishop, a sick call, the Divine Office and even when administering the other Sacraments or for other solemn occasions.
Last published in 1937 and simply written by noted American professor of liturgy, Fr. Edwin Ryan, this large format 36-page book (originally intended as an advertising medium for the now defunct Gross Candle Co.) is also unique and interesting for its wonderful illustrations, a combination of vivid watercolors and striking black and white line drawings of altars decorated with candles according to rules of the Roman Church. The illustrations are even more interesting for showing properly constructed altars decorated with a full array of flowers, antependiums, conopaeums, pavement candles, candelabra, and even riddel post curtains and candles.
Perfect for any Catholic (cleric or laic) who wishes to learn more about the traditional Latin Mass. Especially appropriate for sacristans, altar servers, church artisans, ladies’ altar guilds and parish florists.

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De Missalis Romani Liturgia by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  104 pages

Original year of publication: 1937
Reprinted in the year: 2009

Though Msgr. Camelius Aloysius Callewaert (1866-1943) was one of the most frequently cited rubrical authorities of the 20th century, nonetheless, his books have been nearly impossible to obtain for many years.

As denoted in its subtitle, Sectio prior: De rebus cultus materialibus, this frequently cited book covers such liturgical material requisites as sacred vessels, vestments and linens, the form of the altar and its corresponding accoutrements, the symbolism of the various colors, the church edifice and more.

As attested in the book’s approbatio by Bishop Henricus Lamiroy (1883-1952) of Bruges (Callewaert’s ordinary):

…In hoc volumine, magna eruditione et sagaci documentorum judicio exponit Auctor historicam originem et evolutionem rerum materialium, necnon regulas sequendas in illarum usu. Confidimus fore ut hoc praeclarum opus efficaciter conferat ad ulteriorum liturgiae intelligentiam, ad cultus splendorem adeoque ad sanam pietatem sacerdotem ac laicorum.

And as mentioned in The Book of Ceremonies by Very Rev. Laurence O’Connell and Fr. Walter Schmitz in connection with Callewaert’s Caeremoniale:

This [book ] is perhaps the clearest description of all ordinary ceremonies and is written by an outstanding authority. It is complemented by another book of the author, De Missalis Romani Liturgia. Together these two books gives a comprehensive treatment of rubrics and ceremonies. Callewaert is unusual for his depth of treatment. He gives the meaning and reason behind ceremonies whenever useful and always lists carefully his sources. His book is written in Latin and, unfortunately, is not published in this country. We recommend it without reservation...

Reprinted on natural-colored paper and bound in a red leatherette softcover paperback. This book is written entirely in Latin.

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CAEREMONIALE In Missa, Privata et Solemni
CAEREMONIALE In Missa, Privata et Solemni by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  314 pages

Original year of publication: 1941
Reprinted in the year: 2009

Though Fr. Camelius Aloysius Callewaert (1866-1943) was one of the most frequently cited rubrical authorities of the 20th century, nonetheless, his books have been nearly impossible to obtain for many years.  His Caeremoniale in Missa, Privata et Solemni is especially noted for its systematic and thorough treatment of the general principles of ceremonies and for providing the ascetical explanations for the various actions and gestures, which otherwise, would appear as mere ritualistic motion.

 

As cited in The Book of Ceremonies by Very Rev. Laurence O’Connell and Fr. Walter Schmitz (Bruce, Milwaukee 1958):

 

This [book] is perhaps the clearest description of all ordinary ceremonies and is written by an outstanding authority.  (…) [This book gives] a comprehensive treatment of rubrics and ceremonies.  Callewaert is unusual for his depth of treatment.  He gives the meaning and reason behind ceremonies whenever useful and always lists carefully his sources.  His book is written in Latin and, unfortunately, is not published in this country [it is now!].  We recommend it without reservation.

 

Besides its intrinsic value as a rubrical guide, the reproduction of this book was also seen necessary in light that the original copies were quickly deteriorating, as due to being printed during the Second World War, high-acidic paper was used (resulting in dark browning and brittleness).  The hi-resolution scans were meticulously cleaned of background noise and original printing imperfections, thereby resulting in a high-quality printing.  The book cover was also matched to the original, though the original dismal dark matte gray cover stock was substituted for a more elegant light gray leatherette stock.

 

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The General Principles of Ceremonies for the Roman Rite (For Inferior Ministers)
The General Principles of Ceremonies for the Roman Rite (For Inferior Ministers) by Louis J. Tofari  92 pages

Original year of publication: 2008

Just completed! This 92-page softcover book covers the general principles of the Roman Rite, the foundation of all rubrics. This abridged edition treats specifically of the principles that affect the inferior ministers (altar servers) when fulfilled by laymen. Though the serving of the ceremonies by laymen is done virtually the same as by clerics, there are some minor exceptions (e.g., wearing the biretta or receiving and giving the Pax) which were omitted from this edition.

Don’t let the title of this short, but valuable book confuse you! Though primarily intended for those who are involved with the sacred liturgy, nonetheless The General Principles of Ceremonies of the Roman Rite (For Inferior Ministers) actually has an even broader application.

This book can impart to the average lay person a better appreciation and understanding of the Romanitas of the Roman Rite, a unique characteristic that only the namesake liturgical rite of the Eternal City possesses! Tragically, to many modern-day Catholics, the solemn pageantry of the official worship of God appears as meaningless ritualistic actions. The average Catholic can defeat this liturgical ignorance by reading about the “hows” and “whys” of the Roman Rite, thereby making the formerly inscrutable gestures and reverences suddenly recognizable for their complete devotional worth and purpose! If Catholics desire to draw more from the sacred well of the Roman Liturgy, then the reading of this short book is one way in which to affect this: through education and thereby comprehension.

Of course this book is a boon for the liturgically or rubrically minded, as it solely concentrates on the systematic exposition of the foundation for all rubrics of the Roman Rite, and not any mere particular ceremony. It is in fact the first of its kind to treat of the general principles in this manner, as previously, they were merely expounded (to some degree or another, and usually inadequately) in relation to various ceremonies. Since the principles that this book treats are basic to every ceremony of the Roman Rite, it is of great use to anyone who is involved in ceremonies, be it the laymen who serves (especially as the master of ceremonies), seminarians who are studying the liturgy, and priests who want to more fully understand the demands of the rubrics, and thereby the Roman spirit of the liturgy.

To facilitate the explanations on the general principles, 18 pictures, 2 expository tables and 11 diagrams have been included, while 183 footnotes provide valuable sources of authority, further explanations and various tips. Other features include a table of contents and two glossaries of terms (sanctuary-related and rubrically-related) used within the book.

Printed in easy-to-read text, this 5½" x 8½" booklet is packed with essential knowledge for any Catholic interested in better understanding the ceremonial intricacies of the ancient Roman Rite, but especially for master of ceremonies, adult servers (ages 12 and up) and clerics (even priests).

This booklet is a prelude to an upcoming comprehensive edition that will include even more information regarding incensations, matters that affect clerics who fulfill the various offices of inferior ministers, general principles for sacred ministers and some general items about pontifical ceremonies.

If you desire 10 or more copies, price is $7.00 each. Please contact us at sales@churchlatin.com for bulk inquiries.

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[Update 1/19/09- Read this review on Fr. Z's Blog]

 
Server's Mass Response Card
Server's Mass Response Card by Louis J. Tofari

Original year of publication: 2008

In a project that spanned nearly four years, this card was the first completed project of ROMANITAS PRESS.

You might perhaps be already familiar with a similar response card that Benziger Brothers produced over fifty years ago and which has been often reproduced. The ROMANITAS PRESS’ version was developed similarly on this former model and includes improvements, corrections and some valuable additions which are outlined below.

The primary intent of this card was for training purposes (i.e., off the altar, as the server is presumed to have his responses memorized), so its size was substantially expanded to accommodate the additional explanatory texts that do not exist on the Benziger edition. Nevertheless, recognizing that often such a card is needed at the altar, the layout was carefully arranged to provide it with a compact size when folded, while a lightweight, but thick paper stock was utilized to keep it stiff when being held.

The card consists of four, double-sided partitions (though the images make it appear that there are only three) which fold down to a single partition.

The front partitions of the card contain the Latin responses with their corresponding English phonetic renderings. An improvement made in this area was in conforming all of these phonetic renderings according to the Roman Church’s method of pronouncing liturgical Latin more romano, thereby correcting various Anglocizations that frequently existed in previous versions of response cards. The phonetic renderings were also aligned under each word, rather than strung out from column end to column end, which helps the reader to better visualize how each syllable is to be pronounced. Also the various rubrical instructions for the liturgical gestures and reverences made in connection with the various responses were expanded and the responses made when serving for a bishop were added. To utilize the front side, simply start at side 1, then flip the card over to side 2, open the card once to read side 3, then side 4.

The back partitions of the card (accessed by opening the card completely) are found some helpful explanations and basic rules on more romano pronunciation and responding, a list of common pronunciation mistakes made by English-speakers, and even footnotes providing pertinent authoritative citations.

Another improvement of this card is the newly-typeset text printed in red and black and in easy-to-read fonts.

Finally, a clear matte varnish was applied after the printing to increase the anti-glare property of the matte paper stock and to protect the card from moisture and frequent use.

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[Update 1/19/09- Read this review on Fr. Z's Blog]

 
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