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Simply put, the Saint
Edmund Campion Missal and Hymnal from Corpus Christi Watershed is a
brilliant new Sunday/Feast day hand-missal for the Extraordinary Form of
the Roman Rite. It is skillfully edited, and without exaggeration, it
is one of the most beautiful modern books I have seen or used. It is a
full missal and hymnal, containing not only the Sunday propers and
readings in both Latin and English, but also the complete Kyriale, six
versions of the Credo, nearly 20 pages of congregational chants for use
throughout the year, over 150 pages of orthodox, traditional
congregational hymns, various prayers for private prayer before, during
and after Mass, and for other sacraments and rites in the Extraordinary
Form (such as marriage, confirmation, benediction and funerals). Most importantly, it starts at $23 for a single copy! Very affordable.
As I took it out of its shipping box, I was struck by the simple,
subtly decorated, yet very dignified cover, with the slight star design
in the background. With a striking image of the Agnus Dei, surrounded by
ornamental borders, this cover is sure to draw your attention to the
beauty of the liturgy before the Mass even begins or you open the
missal. The binding and hard-cover is that of a hymnal, allowing this
book to be used by both individuals and by parishes wishing to place it
in the pew rack alongside or in place of their other hymnal.
The artwork scattered throughout the pages of the missal is just as
beautiful. It is typeset in such a way that it does not feel at all
cramped, but at the same time, much of the free space is used for art,
in a very tasteful manner. All of the line art has been newly digitized,
making it look crisp and clear rather than scanned or faded.
Size and Weight
At 6×9 inches, it is larger than many hand-missals, but that increase
in size is accompanied by an increase in font size compared to many
other missals, making it very readable, and also easy to fit in standard
hymnal racks. It is a little bit above an average weight among hymnals,
but it’s still easy to handle, and not too heavy, considering all
that’s in it.
One interesting feature of this book is the dual ordinary sections,
one for use at a Missa Solemnis or Missa Cantata (Solemn High Mass and
High Mass, respectively), and one for a Missa Lecta (Low Mass). This
eliminates the problems of those unfamiliar with the Extraordinary Form
being confused about cues or rubrics referring to actions that only
occur at a “low Mass” or actions that only occur at a “high Mass.” The
two sections are styled differently, including different drop-caps and
background color, so that they are not easily confused with each other,
should you lose your place in the book and try to return. While most of
the book is printed in black and white, the ordinary sections are
printed in color, and are very well typeset. The artwork and typesetting
in the ordinary section rivals that of some ornate altar cards, filled
with beautiful artwork and pictures from a traditional Mass, a testament
to Mr. Ostrowski’s fantastic work.
interesting feature of this missal is over 100 pictures of an actual
Mass (two, in fact, one for each of the ordinary sections). There is at
least one real picture on each page spread in the ordinary, which allows
those new to the congregation to orient themselves, should they become
lost in the ordinary section. It also allows the congregation to see
some of the small gestures that happen in the sanctuary, such as the
fraction rite over the chalice, the deacon kissing the chalice at the
offertory, or the priest striking his breast during the Confiteor.
would be remiss not to mention the beautiful vestments and churches seen
in these sample pictures. All of the vestments used are beautifully
embroidered, and are very much in the style of the roman rite,
exemplifying beauty. The same can be said about the churches in which
these Masses were celebrated. Also included in the ordinary sections are
many short yet illuminating descriptions or commentaries on the
applicable part of the Mass, making clear what is happening both
externally and internally.
The Missa Solemnis section also includes the music for the Vidi
Aquam, Asperges, Preface Dialogue, and the final verse of the Pater
Noster, all in their appropriate spot, facilitating easy congregational
participation on these parts. They are engraved in neumes.
While I had hoped it would come with ribbons, it is designed in such a
way that it is possible to easily use it with a single bookmark,
switching the bookmark between the proper section and the ordinary
section. However, for those individuals or parishes who would prefer
ribbons, myself included, the book is bound in such a way that it would
be quite easy to insert a set of missal ribbons purchased from another
vendor (such as these ribbons).
In either case, it seems to be a win-win: those who prefer not to use
ribbons have a book that is specifically designed to be used without
them, and those who do can easily add them on their own, with no
The drop-caps in the proper section of the missal are also very
dignified, but in the ordinary section, which is printed in color, they
are exceedingly beautiful, as is the rest of the ordinary section.
I was pleased to see all of the eighteen Gregorian Masses included,
as well as the six Credos, allowing the schola full freedom of choice
among the Gregorian Masses that they might not otherwise have, should
the congregation be using another resource, such as the first edition of
the Parish Book of Chant (although this problem is remedied in the
second edition of the PBC). These chants, along with the other chants in
the book, were re-engraved in Gregorio, using a large, easily readable
typeface, and are not small or smudged and faded scans.
There is a sizable number of hymns for all seasons, including Savior of the Nations Come, Creator of the Stars of Night, Adeste Fideles (both Latin and English),
As with Gladness Men of Old, Come Holy Ghost, Holy God We Praise Thy
Name, All Glory, Laud, and Honor, Immaculate Mary, Jesus Christ is Risen
Today, as well as many other lesser known hymns, such as Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, O Christ Who Mountest Up the Sky, When the Patriarch Was Returning, O Glorious Maid Exalted Far,
and many others, including at eleven original hymn tunes by Kevin
Allen, one of them paired to the poem by Blessed Cardinal Newman, Lead Kindly Light.
All in all, there are over 150 solid, usable hymns that will serve any
Extraordinary Form community well at either Low Masses with music or a
High Mass with a limited hymns.
The numbering follows the same scheme as the Vatican II hymnal,
namely, using page numbers in the hymn section, to ease the announcement
of page numbers and the finding of hymns. While this is different than
some publishers, it seems to me that it is the best way.
Following the hymn section, there is also a section of chants for the congregation, including Rorate Caeli, all of the Marian antiphons, Puer Natus, Jesu Dulcis Memoria, Adoremus in Aeternum, Attende Domine, Veni Creator, Adoro Te Devote,
among others. There is also a section found at the back with several
prayers for use before Holy Communion, before Mass, after Mass, etc.
This book contains many of the other small bits, such as the proper forms of the Communicantes for
various feasts, and of course, the prefaces for various feasts. The
inclusion of these items, in addition to the thoroughness of the
ordinary section, opens up interesting possibilities. When I was
discussing this missal with a seminarian I know, he asked me if it
contained all of the private and proper prayers for the priest, for the
purpose of even using it as an altar missal for a traveling priest. It
appears that it does include the needed prayers, as well as many inline
rubrics (such as mentions of kissing the altar, picking up the host,
signs of the cross, or bowing the head), so that in the case of
traveling, necessity, or even private Masses, it appears that this book
could possibly be used in place of a copy of the Roman Missal (although
it would be very wise to add ribbons in this case, as mentioned above).
To that end, it lays flat fairly well, and I’m sure with some use, it
will lay flat even more easily.
All in all, this is a fantastic resource for both individuals
attached to the Extraordinary Form, as well as for parishes that use the
Extraordinary Form, but particularly those who only celebrate the
Extraordinary Form. This is a extraordinary book that I’d highly
recommend to anyone attending the Extraordinary Form looking for a
beautiful, easy to use missal.
What’s Unique About This Hymnal and Missal?
It’s both a full Sunday Missal for the Extraordinary Form, as well as
a full hymnal, containing all the music a congregation could need,
including all eighteen Gregorian Masses, and many congregational chants.
But more importantly, the book is very beautiful. The artwork and the
typesetting give this book a very beautiful look and feel.
Interestingly, it contains two sections for the ordinary (High Mass and
Low Mass), easing congregational use.
Ben Yanke, 17, is the oldest of 9 and is a homeschooled highschool
senior from Madison, Wisconsin. Next year, he will be attending
Franciscan University at Steubenville for communication arts and
computer science. Ben’s interests include liturgy, sacred music, cross
country running, trumpet and french horn, as well as blogging, media
production, and web design. He is currently in the process of writing
propers for the ferial Masses of the year (Ferial English Propers), in the style of Simple English Propers, by Adam Bartlett. His blog also contains many of his resources, including Ferial English Propers.
It also contains a listing of many resources for singing the propers of
the Mass in the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, as well as a listing
of resources for the Liturgy of the Hours. You can visit his blog, From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary, at blog.yankehome.com.
Thanks to AML for helping me put together this review.
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