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Saturday, 25 April 2009

New Low Mass Booklet

Here is the final version of a Mass Booklet which will be put into use at the Birmingham Oratory. Please leave your comments and feedback!

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Credit goes to Musica Sacra for the beautifully scanned artwork.
1962 Low Mass Booklet

If you would like to use this booklet in your own church, I recommend downloading my generic version from Scribd by going here.


Catherine said...

I understand it and i have not been going to the TLM all that long. I am glad someone is finally doing something for a 1962 Mass at the Oratory I can sometimes get fustrated if I loose my place in my missal (never really been taught how to use one properly) especially when you flipping between the different parts and can't really hear what is going on all that well.

Michael said...

Dr. Doyle, this really is excellent. Two small suggestions. I think it is probably worth mentioning that the " Tridentine Missal" did not originate with the council of Trent but what was codified there was a rite existing in all it's essential elements for many hundreds of years, dating back to the early church. I think it would also be very good to mention after you say that no vocal responses are necessary on the part of the congregation, that true active participation is internal, in uniting oneself with the sacred action of the priest. Thank you the excellent work.

Hestor said...

Very good effort Dr. Doyle! Just to say that the final blessing seems to be missing in this.

Also: I would suggest it would be good to include some of the prayers that are said in silence; like the ones that the priest would say before reading the gospel, or the Lavabo as well as the Placeat tibi said to the Holy Trinity before the final blessing. These prayers are invaluable and give a sense of the character of the priest at mass.

It might be also good to include the traditional Leonine prayers after low mass too.

I agree with Michael that history bit may need a tad tweaking, so as to not give off the impression that the old rite was invented in 1570. It goes back in all its essential forms to the Pope Gregory the Great. You might also like to add that communion is received on the tongue and usually in a kneeling fashion, unless otherwise of some impediment.

Dr Matthew Doyle said...

Thank you for the suggestions. I will definitely incorporate them in the final version.

Athanasius said...

Thank you for this, Dr Doyle - it looks very useful. I'm particularly pleased that you include some of the gestures used by the priest, as these are not in the booklet I have been using yet are actually rather important in my view.

Is it possible to buy paper copies of this?

Anonymous said...

Holy Spirit? Surely it was Holy Ghost, pre Vatican II.

Dr Matthew Doyle said...

That was one change I decided to make in this booklet. It is much more in the Catholic conscious to use the term "Holy Spirit" and seems a more obvious translation. I do not believe this Mass is about being "pre-Vatican II" anymore. It is now the most updated Missal in the Church (2008), and a truly living breathing part of our Oratory Parish. It is not, for me, about pretending to hearken back to the old days... but much more about taking something sacred and using it to reform our practice of the faith.

Thanks for all the useful comments. I hadn't thought about selling it, but had thought about producing a copy for use outside the Oratory, and applying for Imprimateur.

Dr Matthew Doyle said...

I am disappointed to notice that my Bell Symbols didn't translate into this online version! Some of the formatting is off too! Oh well.

Thomas said...

"It is much more in the Catholic conscious (sic) to use the term "Holy Spirit". "

While I agree that the booklet is great and a great service to the Church, I'm afraid I don't resonate with this comment. I'm not a 'let's turn the clock back' Catholic, but it is a truism that the "Holy Ghost" was ingrained not only in Catholic consciences, but in those of many Englsih-spekaing Christians. The more modern term "Holy Spirit", only entered our consciences when it was enforced on us by the vernacular liturgy. Some us habitually use the phrase "Holy Ghost" in our private prayers. I'm happy to retain it, but I don't worry if the Spirit is also used at times.

Joseph Shaw said...

Brilliant, Matthew, good work!

'Holy Ghost' is an interesting one. I know a lot of trads who say 'Ghost', for example in the Gloria Patri when saying the Rosary. For a booklet like this though I think it hardly matters.

The 1964 Small Ritual, which is a rather transitional thing, in terms of the English translastions, alternatives between 'Ghost' and 'Spirit'. Personally I prefer the Anglo-Saxon to the Latinate version!

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