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Corpus Christi Watershed keeps churning out the gold April 23, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

The good folks at Corpus Christi Watershed have turned out a number of remarkable products of late.  Their Sunday Missal for the TLM is beautiful, if a bit heavy.  Rorate noted that shortly before Easter, Corpus Christi Watershed scanned in the entirety of two children’s books for the Mass, one by Msgr. Ronald Knox and one by Fr.Demetrius Manousos.

Since then, Corpus Christi Watershed has also released a full .pdf scan of the Fulton J. Sheen 1961 Missal.  This contains a number of interesting features, including a descriptions of the priest’s dressing, numerous prayers for before and after Mass, and the complete text of prayers and responses for certain feasts all in line with each other, so you don’t have to flip back and forth in the book.  The format of this Missal is not exactly to my taste, but it is very usable and it is wonderful to resurrect, so to speak, these liturgical treasures from the pre-conciliar period.

Finally – and this one may not be to the interest of many readers, but it is significant nonetheless – Corpus Christi Watershed has produced a companion book for their TLM Sunday Missal for the Ordinary Form.  This book is also in Latin and English side by side, and incorporates many more traditional hymns and Gregorian Chant settings for the Novus Ordo Mass.  It also contains similar beautiful artwork as is found in their TLM Missal.

I think this last effort is a noble one, but I do wonder how much demand there will be for such a reverent, traditional Missal in the Novus Ordo setting.  There are actually far fewer Novus Ordo Latin Masses in this country and around the world than there are TLMs.  But there are quite a few people who attend regular Novus Ordo’s who might appreciate a Latin-English Missal as well as the impressive artwork.  So maybe it will catch on, though I tend to agree with Rorate, Dom Mark Kirby, and many others that the Reform of the Reform will only be realized through mass, ahem, re-adoption of the TLM.

It will be interesting to see if this Novus Ordo Missal gets much traction.  That could be revealing, one way or another, since the liturgical winds over the past year seem to be blowing in a very different direction from the period 2005-2013.

Here is a video about this new Missal:


1. Lynne - April 23, 2014

The one by Fr Manousos is amazing! (suitable for grown-ups!)

tantamergo - April 23, 2014

That’s true. I printed it out.

2. David L Alexander - April 23, 2014

“I tend to agree with Rorate, Dom Mark Kirby, and many others that the Reform of the Reform will only be realized through mass, ahem, re-adoption of the TLM.”

It’s interesting how many comment on what the “reform of the reform” is or is not, with little regard to its origins. The basic premise was to return to the original intent of the Second Vatican Council with respect to official liturgical reform. The originator of the term, then-Cardinal Ratzinger, said this specifically, as has anyone commenting on the subject who actually attended the Council. That said, it would begin with a return to the Traditional form of the Mass, as it was that form which was the point of reference for the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy. Whether it would end there is something else again, and would entail a more precise understanding of the Council decree itself, and the intent of those who wrote it.

tantamergo - April 23, 2014

I don’t think what Ratzinger’s intention was matters a whit at this point. He chose to abdicate, and the term has taken on a life of its own. That life started when he was in office. There are many who have tried to increase the reverence and devotion of the NO by incorporating elements of the TLM, and found that effort a blind alley. That’s what I was referring to.

I also forgot to say yesterday, in response to one of your other comments, VII was certainly dogmatic, where it confirmed prior dogma, but there are aspects that were rather novel and there is great debate as to whether and how certain statements align with the previous Magisterium. Thus, “problematic.”

Pedantry becomes tiresome quickly.

3. skeinster - April 24, 2014

What a lovely site- thanks for the link! Will be on the lookout at Mass to see if anyone has the St. Campion Missal. Have to see (and hold) the actual volume before possible buying it.

Looks like they have a wealth of great posts on liturgy, as well.

4. Lynne - April 24, 2014

By the way, that book, Know Your Mass, by Fr Manousos, is sold at Angelus Press. Corpus Christi Watershed also has it for sale but they’ve abridged the first 15 pages?!


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