Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas in Rome...


The F.S.S.P. always do a fine job with liturgy.
You can see here the craftsmanship with this old altar missal - even the noil page tabs are made of watered moiré silk...
Can we again print nice liturgical books like this even today?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered whatever happened to all the chief liturgical books of the Roman Rite post Vatican II. Were they just dumped in the rubbish bin; recycled by more eco-orientated liturgists; or given over to second hand bookshops to be shelved between romance paperbacks and other 'penny dreadfuls'.The latter where I once found a battered copy of the Missale Romanum and in another shop a copy of the Ordo Hebdomadae Sanctae Instauratus. Both now reside more splendidly and reverently in my library.

Ricardo Aleixo said...

I am the Scaristan of 100 year old parish church and we do not even have one of these old missale's in the sacristy or in our archives or any other liturgical book. They where simply burned without any thought.

I happen to own an exact copy of this Missale pictured. I bought it in France from a rare book dealer in Paris. The missale was barely ever used as it looks brand new with no ware. It now reside's on shelf in my private library among other rare liturgial books I have collected over the years.

All of them have been purchased through book dealers and auctions.