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"....I have been profoundly touched by the news of the death of Michael Davies. I had the good fortune to meet him several times and I found him as a man of deep faith and ready to embrace suffering. Ever since the Council he put all his energy into the service of the Faith and left us important publications especially about the Sacred Liturgy......"
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Letter to Mr Julian Chadwick, 9th November 2004


Based on Fr. Adrian Fortescue's famous work The Mass: A Study of the Roman Liturgy, this little book gives a compact history of the Roman Rite of the Mass from the Last Supper to the Traditional Mass (Tridentine Mass) as it is said today. Michael Davies - the foremost author in English on the changes in the Catholic liturgy - explains the origin of Low Mass, of Sacramentaries, of the Gallican and various other Western Rites, etc. He highlights the reform of Pope St. Gregory the Great (590-604) and the reform of Pope St. Pius V (1566-1572), showing how neither "reform" produced a "new" liturgy; rather, the liturgical texts were always treated with the utmost reverence, and revisions were always minor.

He points out that "the very idea of composing a new order of Mass was and is totally alien to the whole Catholic ethos" and that "The Catholic tradition has been to hold fast to what has been handed down and to look upon any novelty with the utmost suspicion." Yet this unbroken Catholic Tradition was breached in 1970 when the Roman Missal was subjected to radical revision.

The reader will come away with a totally new appreciation for the Tridentine Mass as being our sacred and life-giving liturgical heritage-- passed down to us from Christian antiquity and intended to be passed on to all Catholic generations yet to come!

53 Pages

Published by TAN Books

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