Traditional Catholic Missals and Breviaries

I have a 1941 Short Breviary by St. John’s Abbey and an Angelus Press 1962 Missal. That is all of the Traditional Catholic Literature that I own. Today is the first time I realized that there is a difference between the pre-1955, 1955, and 1962 Traditional Calendars. I would like additional missals, breviaries, etc. recommended to me. I am looking for some from each of the 3 Traditional Calendars. As a seminarian, I want to start buying Traditional Liturgical Material.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Ah, the Angelus Missal is quite good, no?

I have a 1955 St. Joseph’s Daily Missal. This was probably the one most commonly used, often given as a confirmation gift. The St. Andrew Missal was quite common too. These might be helpful for you.

I wouldnt suggest the Missal from Baronius Press if you already have the Angelus Missal, since they are pretty much the same (actualy, from what I’ve heard, the Angelus Missal is better both in quality and content).

Baronius Press should be releasing a Breviary sometime this year (1961, although it uses the Clementine Psalter, not the Psalter of Pius XII), and I think that might be the only modern Breviary on the market.

Out of curiousity, are you a seminarian with a traditional order (FSSP, ICRSS, ect?) or secular?

Currently I am a diocesan seminarian preparing to start the minor seminary in August. However, I am a Traditional Catholic and love the Tridentine Mass and all things Tradition. Therefore, I am looking to learn the Traditional Breviary and Traditional Mass.

Does the 1955 St. Joseph’s Daily Missal following the 1955 Calendar and the 1962 Angelus Press Missal follow the 1962 Calendar? It makes sense…

I think somewhere on this forum someone made a point that it is possible that the Holy Father in his expected motu proprio will combine the two Rites under one liturgical calendar. It seems as that would be the logical thing to do to establish some kind of unity within each parish.

I recieved my “little” St. Joseph Missal when I made my First Communion in 1958. I received my “big” St. Joseph Missal when I was confirmed in March of 1962. I still have both with holy cards. Ribbons are really faded. Back then there was only the St. Joseph Missal.

My suggestion would be to see if you could find the old missals on Ebay.

I am going to see about purchasing a 1955 St. Joseph’s Daily Missal.

I’m also extremely excited about buying the Latin/English Traditional Breviary from Baronius Press when it is finally published this year. :smiley:

Yes. My 1955 St. Joseph’s Missal was printed in 1957, so it uses the 1955 Calendar. They are much more common then the 1962 St. Joseph’s Missal.

I think somewhere on this forum someone made a point that it is possible that the Holy Father in his expected motu proprio will combine the two Rites under one liturgical calendar. It seems as that would be the logical thing to do to establish some kind of unity within each parish.

Perhaps, but personally I cant really see such a scenario. Most traditionalists are not over-fond (if not blatantly against) the New Calendar (I do think the 3-year cycle idea is rather absurd, same with most of the Feast Day changes), and I cant see the Church reverting to the Old Calendar.

For one thing, if the traditional Mass was to be celebrated according to the new calendar, there will have to be a major revision to the Proper prayers (which, I can assure you, would be unacceptable to almost all traditionalists)- and probably vice versa with the Novus Ordo.

To be honest though, the 1962 Calendar did need some changes, but a complete reworking of the entire structure of the Liturgical calendar was certainly not necessary.

Both the SSPX and the FSSP use the 1962 Missal and Calendar, although in parts of Europe the ICRSS uses the 1955.

I have in my posession a Catholic Missal by John P. O’Connell and Jex Martin (Catholic Press reprinted 1955). Is anyone familiar with this missal, and where it stands compared to the others?

I must admit, I’m new to anything having to do with the mass 40 years ago.

That would actually call for the entire-writing of either the 1962 Missal of the current one. I don’t see that happening.

Maybe just the Sundays? I don’t think I can stand it much longer that the Church I attend (different NO vernaculars along with the TLM) insists on calling this Ordinary Time in its bulletins.

Oh, but there were other missals back then. The popular missal for Confirmation in my area (Oklahoma City) was the Saint Pius X Daily Missal. The version I received was the 1955 edition. When my wife and I started going to the TLM several years ago, I bought her a Pius X Missal on ebay that was a 1961 edition, dialogue version. I personally use a Father Stedman Sunday missal since it is small and will fit in my suit coat’s breast pocket.

This is eye-opening to me. DW who grew up in south Louisiana but not NO, my older cousin, etc…all of us had St. Joseph Missals. I’m not aware of anyone down here who has anything other than a St. Joseph Missal. Even attending a TLM here in Baton Rouge, I’ve never seen anyone but with a St. Joseph Missal. Could this have been made at the archiocesan level - back then all of Louisiana was one archdiocese.

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