Review: Baronius 1962 Daily Missal

1962 Missal

The Baronius Press 1962 Daily Missal is essential for any Catholic Gentleman who aspires to appreciate the beauty and fullness of the Catholic Faith.  Summorum Pontificum, one of Pope Benedict’s XVI’s many gifts to the modern Church, ushered in a new era of appreciation for the Mass of the Ages, Tradition, liturgical seasons, and the authentic Catholic culture that inspires saintly behavior.  The 1962 Daily Missal is the key to unlocking this momentous and wondrous gift, the lens through which the Catholic Gentleman can examine and appreciate its contents.

Like everything that Baronius publishes, the 1962 Daily Missal is a true work of art.  The pictures are worthy of the holy contents of the missal, and contrast sharply with the scribbles in the modern paperback missals found in parish pews.  The binding and cover are built to withstand the frequent study every Catholic Gentleman should give his prayers.

When used at a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, the 1962 Missal is a worship aid in the authentic sense of the word in that it augments the Catholic Gentleman’s worship of Christ.  For each Mass, the Missal includes the Introit (the entrance antiphon), Collect (a short prayer before the Epistle), Lesson (Epistle), Gradual (psalm), Sequence (Gospel verse), Gospel, Offertory, and Secret (prayer at the end of the offertory), as well as Communion and post-Communion prayers.  Because these prayers are in Latin, the Missal’s English translations aid the Catholic Gentleman in his efforts to understand prayers and readings he is not familiar with as the Mass progresses.

The preface to each feast day includes a brief description of the historical roots behind the celebration in a language befitting the occasion.  For example, for the feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino, the Missal states:

St. Joseph, a humble Franciscan Friar of Cupertino in Italy, who could acquire but little of book knowledge and needed divine help to qualify for the priesthood, was favoured by his crucified God with a marvellous grace of contemplation, and with the remarkable power of miracles.  He dies at Orsino A.D. 1663.

The brief descriptions — which encapsulate the heart of a feast or saint’s life in a mere three sentences — gives the modern reader context to the original beauty of liturgical feasts and seasons that have since become obscured in American Catholic culture.  The origins and reasons for the liturgical seasons are explained more clearly in the 1962 Missal than they are in any other Catholic publication in widespread use.

It would be a tragic mistake to assume that the 1962 Missal is only useful with respect to the Mass in Extraordinary Form.  The first 150 pages of the Missal are a practical field-Catechism for the Catholic Gentleman in that they give him the basic knowledge and tenants of the Catholic Faith and the tools required to ease his path toward heaven.  Included in this practical Catechism are the most elementary basics that every Catholic surely knows — such as the Ten Commandments and Angelical Salutation (“Hail Mary”) — as well as other important concepts that most have forgotten or were never instructed in — such as the Six Precepts of the Church, the Angelus, and the Regina Caeli.  The 1962 Missal also includes Devotions for Confession, Devotions for Communion, Vespers, and Compline, all of which help the Catholic Gentleman actively participate in the sacramental life of the Church and draw him closer to Christ.

We here at Whiskey Catholic give our highest recommendation to the Baronius Press 1962 Roman Missal. We quote exclusively from Baronius texts for the purposes of this blog, using either the 1962 Roman Missal or the Douay-Rheims as the situation dictates.  Every Catholic Gentleman, especially those  embarking on an exploration of Summorum Pontificum, is urged to purchase one.

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