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Resources for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass
(Traditional Latin Mass)

NOTE: The first six items below may be considered as a set for a "do it yourself" approach to learning the Traditional Latin Mass - without the expense of a Missale Romanum, and at a pace that fits your personal schedule:

  1. This component provides the "How to" for the Ordinary of the Mass (the Ordo Missae).
  2. This component provides a single reference sheet for the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar to be used until memory and confidence suffice to obsolete it.
  3. This component provides the content of the altar cards used at every Mass (so that the Missale Romanum does not have to be moved repeatedly from side to side).
  4. This component explains the conclusions to prayers which are found only in abbreviated form in the Mass readings in the Missale Romanum. (The actual readings for any particular day may be found in both Latin and English on one of the "Propers" pages in the blue menu to the left.)
  5. This component provides a sheet with the prayers for vesting before Mass in the sacristy.
  6. This component provides a simulation of what those Latin parts spoken aloud by priest and server should sound like.

Celebrant's Guide for the Traditional Latin Mass

- 48 numbered pages on 24 sides and 12 sheets of paper, plus a cover sheet.
Contains the Latin text of the Traditional Latin Low Mass (Missa Lecta) with abbreviated rubrics in English. These are presented in a side-by-side, easy-to-use format. Intended to provide a starting point for learning the Traditional Latin Mass. When duplex printed on its left (short) edge, spine stapled, and folded in half, it becomes a standard booklet size (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches) portable study guide. The Guide refers to the three standard altar cards below, so consider printing the cards if you do not already have access to a set.

Celebrant's Card for "Prayers at the Foot of the Altar"

This card is provided in two formats: a letter size in 14pt font (to be duplexed), and a smaller booklet size in 9pt font (to be folded in half). Ideally, whichever format is preferred, it should be laminated for durability.

Set of Altar Cards for the Traditional Latin Mass

- 3 pages (8.5 x 14 Legal), landscape, pdf: A basic set of printable altar cards for the TLM. This second version corrects a couple of typos and revises the frame format to achieve a top left to bottom right sequential flow throughout. These can be produced (ideally using a color printer) on three sheets of legal paper, the right and left cards cut to size, and all three laminated, and / or framed. Pale yellow paper provides a more pleasing result and some find it easier to read.

Standard Conclusions to Prayers

- 1 page, portrait, pdf: The standard endings to the Collects, Secrets, and Postcommmunions in Latin and English. Intended to be memorized by any priest who wants to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Vesting Prayers

- 1 page, portrait, pdf: The vesting prayers in Latin and English. Intended to be printed, laminated, framed, and posted in the sacristy.

Latin Mass Audio

- 14 minute soundtrack, mp3: An approximation of what the standard prayers and responses should sound like in Latin. Typically, this begins to play as soon as it is downloaded. To save a local copy, right-click on the player and select "Save Audio As" then choose where you want it saved.

Celebrant's Guide Cover Template

- 4 "pages" on 2 sides and 1 sheet of paper, in landscape orientation and .odt format: May be used as a template to create a custom cover for the Guide. (Consider 65-80 lb cardstock for this cover.)

Rubrics for the 1962 Roman Missal

- A link to the complete priest's instructions (Ritus Servandus) for the Mass of the 1962 Roman Missal, as translated by Fr. Dennis Duvelius for the Latin Liturgy Association.

Rituals beyond Low Mass

- 11 pages, portrait, pdf: Contains the rubrics for rituals like incensing in a High Mass (Missa Cantata), the Asperges me and Vidi aquam, and the Blessing of the Palms that occur before, during, or after Mass. Intended to provide a priest new to the Traditional Latin Mass with the English instructions for these rituals.

Nuptial Blessings Card

- 2 pages (duplexed to 1 sheet of paper), portrait, pdf: Contains the Blessings pronounced at the Nuptial Mass in an easy-to-use format that does not require a server to hold the Missale Romanum in front of the celebrant, but instead allows the celebrant to read them from the card in his hand. Ideally, it should be printed on 65lb cardstock or it should be laminated for durability.

Sample Plan for Implementing a Traditional Latin Mass

- 2 pages, portrait, pdf: An actual planning document for implementing a Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form). As such, it has both generic and location-specific tasks. Intended as a place to start evaluation of a potential project for a TLM.