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Catholic and Anglo-Catholic books


An Introduction to reading, collecting and trading classic Catholic and Anglo-Catholic Books

Collecting vintage and traditional Catholic and Anglo-Catholic books has the potential to be a fascinating and engaging hobby for the discerning collector, allowing you the delights of bibliophily (the smell of old bindings, the feel of high quality laid paper, the crackle of tissue over a fine colour plate, the sight of a carefully-composed initial or well-chosen engraving) as well as the chance to drink from the now often neglected well of traditional Catholic spirituality.

It also offers the usual collector's pleasures of the thrill of the hunt, the finding of a neglected gem or unrecognised treasure, a rare edition, fine binding or association copy and, of course, often the greatest pleasure, being able to share your find with others.

For those interested in trading it can also offer the chance to upgrade, to share the gems and to make your collection, in a small way at least, self-financing.

The aim of this page is to provide an introduction to the subject, to share information, images and tips and, hopefully, to help others enjoy collecting and reading these works as well.

[The intro image is by Laurence Housman, and is taken from Percy Dearmer's famous and sought-after Prayerbook Catholic altar book, "The English Liturgy".]

A glossary of terms which may be useful

This is a glossary of some of the terms which you may find used in this lens; I hope it may be useful. Most definitions are taken from the "Ecclesiantics Dictionary" hosted on the Ship of Fools website:, which I helped create and occasionally update!

Anglo-Catholic: Anglicans who emphasise continuity of doctrine between Anglicanism and the historic churches to which the Anglican churches are related. Usually High Church in ritual.

Anglican Communion: A group of churches descended from, or otherwise linked with, the Church of England, and acknowledging the Archbishop of Canterbury as the focus and spokesman of its unity.

Anglo-Papalism: school of thought within Anglicanism. Although not in communion with him, Anglo-Papalists have a strong loyalty to the Pope and to Catholicism in general, believing that the proper place of the Anglican church is in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Antiphon: part of the Daily Office, being one or more psalm verses or sentences from Holy Scripture sung or recited before and after each psalm and the Magnificat during Matins and Vespers.

BCP/Book of Common Prayer: Book of Common Prayer; the service book of the Church of England and (in variant forms) adopted by other churches within the Anglican Communion.

Benediction: A rite in which the consecrated host, contained in a monstrance, is exposed for veneration and then used to bless the congregation.

Benedictus: (if qui venit) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord - part of the Ordinary of the Mass

Customary: a document or publication detailing the ceremonial that is used as standard for a particular parish church/diocese or similar

Daily Office: a set round of liturgical prayers said in the course of a day; an example would be the Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Hours or Roman Breviary. See also Hours.

English Use: a movement or party within the Anglican Communion looking to pre-Reformation and Caroline precedents for liturgical practices to enrich the Book of Common Prayer. Often in opposition to the Western Use.

Episcopi Vagantes (often simply vagantes):- the plural form of episcopus vagans, which is a Latin term meaning wandering bishop. An episcopus vagans is somebody - usually, but not always, a man - who has received ordination to the episcopate (office of bishop), but is not attached to any particular church. He may have been regularly ordained and then left his church or simply been a layman who sought irregular ordination. The 20th century saw a rise in this phenomenon, with such bishops ordaining numerous other bishops and priests outside of any church structure. The sacramental nature of these ordinations is a matter of contention, and they are usually not recognised by any of the mainstream churches. A small minority have gone on to form stable churches which have been subsumed into some of the mainstream churches.

Evensong: Anglican office of Evening Prayer.

Genuflection:the act of kneeling as a form of reverence for persons or things, touching the right knee to the ground briefly whilst facing or being passed by the thing or person reverenced.

High Church: Having a high/elevated view of the nature of the church; can be associated with strong sacramental doctrines and (often) with a developed system of liturgical ritual and ceremonial.

Hours, The: refers to the canonical hours of prayer, the collection of individual services that make up the daily office. The term is sometimes used as a synonym for the daily office.

Imprimatur: "let it be printed": an official declaration (generally by a bishop) that a work is free from error in matters of Roman Catholic doctrine and morals. See also Nihil Obstat.

Imprimi Potest: "it may be printed": certifying that a book by a Religious (member of a Catholic religious order) has been examined and approved by the religious superior or head of the religious order (or their representative.) Subsequent to the Nihil Obstat, a precursor to the Imprimatur.

Magnificat: a Gospel hymn or canticle, sung as part of the Roman Catholic office of Vespers and the Anglican office of Evensong or Evening Prayer.

Matins: the morning part of the Roman Catholic office of daily prayer, also the name of the morning office in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer

Monstrance: a liturgical vessel, often shaped like a sun, used to contain a consecrated host and employed in the rite of Exposition and Benediction

Nihil obstat: "nothing hinders" or "nothing stands in the way": official approval that a work dealing with faith or morals does not contradict Roman Catholic teaching. A necessary precursor to receiving an Imprimatur.

Office: A liturgical activity such as the Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours or the office of Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer. See also Daily Office.

Old Catholic: Term for a range of churches, often close to the Roman Catholic church in faith and practice, which split from that church over a range of matters principally but not exclusively relating to dogma, over the last two hundred years.

Prayerbook Catholic: A strand of thought within Anglicanism which stresses its Catholic heritage but within a liturgical and doctrinal framework which cleaves closely to the Book of Common Prayer. See also English Use.

Rite: loosely, the term can refer to any liturgical ceremony. More specifically, a rite is a collection of liturgical and spiritual traditions and disciplines which form a unit. Different rites have existed and still exist in the Christian churches. Elements peculiar to various rites include the texts, rubrics, and rituals of services; styles, colours, and arrangement of vestments; musical traditions; fasting disciplines; prayer disciplines; liturgical kalendars; arrangement of services, and so forth. Some examples of these include the Latin Rite/Roman Rite, the Mozarabic Rite, the Byzantine Rite, the Melkite Rite, the Maronite Rite, among others. Cf. Use.

Roman Canon: the key texts of the Mass, beginning after the conclusion of the Sanctus, as used in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite and Eucharistic Prayer 1 of the Ordinary Form of the Roman rite.

Roman Rite, Ordinary Form: The Rite followed by the majority of Catholics within the Catholic Church, also known the Novus Ordo, derived from the Roman Missal as reformed according to the decrees of the Second Vatican Council. The Missal of Pope Paul VI/1970 Missal.

Roman Rite, Extraordinary Form: The Rite followed by the majority of Catholics within the Catholic Church until the promulgation of the Missal of Pope Paul VI and still licit. Also known as the Tridentine Rite, Traditional Rite, etc. The Missal of Blessed John XXIII/1962 Missal.

Sarum Rite: a mediaeval development of the Roman Rite as practised at Salisbury Cathedral and in many places throughout the British Isles. Suppressed at the Reformation, except for a time under Mary I of England, it provided some material for Archbishop Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer, and later was a source of inspiration for those seeking to enrich the provisions of that book. See also English Use.

SMVPH: The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill - the first church of which Percy Dearmer was incumbent; a flagship for English Use/Parson's Handbook ceremonial.

Use: a variation within a Rite where local customs have developed coherently. A local liturgical Use may be peculiar to a diocese, a country or other geographical area, or a religious order. Examples of Uses include the Sarum Use of the Roman Rite and the modern Greek Use of the Byzantine Rite.

Western Use: A movement or party within the Anglican Communion looking to modern Roman Catholic precedents for liturgical practices to enrich the Book of Common Prayer.

Peter F. Anson's Bishops At Large

Peter F. Anson's Bishops At Large

Peter F. Anson's classic Bishops at Large

A classic work on the Episcopi Vagantes phenomenon

Bishops At Large

By Peter F. Anson [former Anglican monastic, received into the Catholic Church c.1912 will other members of the Caldey Anglican Benedictine community)

Faber and Faber (1964), Hardcover, 593 pages

A legendary tome, one of Peter F. Anson's defining works, a loving-compiled catalogue and history of the modern phenomenon of the "wandering bishop" - originally a bishop without jurisdiction but now applying to a class of bishops claiming apostolic succession from one or more of the historic churches but more often than not not recognised by the responsible See and presiding over a smaller or larger splinter body owing allegiance to them and displaying a variable allegiance to orthodox doctrine. Endlessly fascinating and very scarce in this, the original edition (allegedly owing to the eagerness of the said prelates in buying-up copies to see what was said about them!) With approximately 16 pages of good quality black and white photographic plates (rather better than in the decade-old Aprocryphile Press reprint, which is itself scarce now).

The illustrated example is a sound copy, with a little wear to corners and edges and dulling to gilding on spine, with nice text block, in a fair film-protected dustjacket.

SSPP Anglican Missal, 1946

SSPP Anglican Missal, 1946

The Anglican Missal by the Society of Saints Peter and Paul

A rare Anglican altar missal

The Anglican Missal, and its variants the People's Shorter Anglican Missal, An Abridged Anglican Missal (an expansion, by popular demand, of the People's Shorter Anglican Missal) and the Church Missonary Missal, were all produced by the Society of Ss Peter and Paul (SSPP). The selection of texts is slightly more eclectic and the translations more literary than in the English Missal - doubtless due in part to the influence of Fr Ronald Knox, author of quite possibly the last one-man bible translation! Inter alia, the SSPP also functioned as a church furnisher in a small way and brought the world "Lambeth" incense and the "Ridley" votive candle stand! Of the various missals available, the Anglican Missal is (perhaps oddly, given that the SSPP were very baroque/Ultramontane in their devotional and furnishing style) the one which uses most material from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer, and also the one most literary in its translation of the Latin texts used. The forerunner of the Anglican Missal was the SSPP "Music of the Mass", which came out in 1912, the same year as the first edition of the "English Missal" (or "Missale Anglicanum" as it was published.) It is interesting that the second edition of the "English Missal", in 1923, incorporated some phrases from SSPP translations of the Latin Mass. These translations featured in the "Exeter Books", a series of SSPP publications of the various parts of the Mass from which the first true "Anglican Missal" was compiled in 1921. The "Anglican Missal" was revised in 1939 and then again in 1946.

The particular example illustrated is in a handsome blue leather binding which has clearly been reglarly used at the Altar! As is common, the Canon of the Mass, Prefaces and Communion sections are tabbed (including a typewritten sheet of exhortations interpolated into the latter) and there is wear and repairs to a number of the pages in this section, plus taped repairs to the first ten pages of the votive masses section, and the odd manuscript correction or interpolation throughout, thus indicating which sections were the most used. Structurally, the front hinge is broken and the rear hinge webbing is exposed.

Original altar editions are very rare - at the time of writing only one other original copy is available online, being offered for £525 (a price which may reflect the particularly fine binding of that example. Expect to pay £200-£300. (NB: my own copy is for sale: see it via one of my eBay listings above!)

BCP & English Hymnal combination  Mowbray Royal Brevier

BCP & English Hymnal combination Mowbray Royal Brevier

The Book of Common Prayer and English Hymnal bound up in one

A classic "Anglican breviary" combination


bound with



Royal Brevier

No date

A beautiful pocket-sized BCP/English Hymnal combination, this is an Anglo-Catholic classic due to the liberal provision of English translations of Catholic office hymns, which can then be added to the BCP offices thus making it a sort of "Anglican breviary". This hadsome presentation-quality copy is in blue grained imitation leather with gilt titling, all edges blue/gilt, blue ribbon, and features charming Margaret Tarrant illustrations. Mowbray Royal Brevier. A serviceable copy which has clearly been prayed, with the usual signs of wear and marks, but still nice overall.

Pearson Sarum Missal in English  1st Edition

Pearson Sarum Missal in English 1st Edition

Pearson's 1868 The Sarum Missal in English

A rare Sarum Rite liturgical text

The Sarum Missal done into English

Believed first edition

The Sarum Missal done into English, A. Harford M.A. B.C.L., believed first edition, London, The Church Printing Company, MDCCCLXVII (1867). The rare first edition of this famous work. Pp lv+14+618. A must-have for anyone interested in English liturgy, this mammoth work includes in its 700-odd pages general rubrics, essays on Low and High Mass, Kalendar, propers (of the seasons, and of the saints), prayers and thanksgivings, the ordinary and canon of the mass, votive masses, masses for the dead, benedictions, and appendices.

This particular edition is still in its original black cloth ruled and gilt-embossed binding, with front hinge broken but webbing still intact, tape repairs to spine edges, some loss to top edge of spine and wear to spine and cover edges. The text block is in fair-good condition, front endpaper part removed, ffep-page vi loose, likewise page xix, but all present. In protective mylar jacket.

THE ENTHUSIAST - An Enquiry into the Life Beliefs and Character of The Rev. Joseph Leycester Lyne alias Fr. Ignatius O.S.B., Abb

A fascinating look into the life of an eccentric Anglo-Catholic cleric!


An Enquiry into the Life Beliefs and Character of The Rev. Joseph Leycester Lyne alias Fr. Ignatius O.S.B., Abbot of Elm Hill, Norwich and Llanthony, Wales


Arthur Calder Marshall

Faber and Faber


1962 (First edition?)

Pale blue cloth hardback, pp304 - an endlessly entertaining exploration of the life of this mercurial man who made it his life's goal - and for a time succeeded - to bring back Benedictine monasticism into the life of the Church of England. A fair copy, boards marked towards edges, slightly shaken with some warping, light foxing to edge of text block, faded spine.

Peter F. Anson's classic "The Call of the Cloister"

A survey and history of relgious communities and kindred bodies in the Anglican Communion


Religious communities and kindred bodies in the Anglican Communion

Peter F. Anson [former Anglican monastic, received into the Catholic Church c.1912 with other members of the Caldey Anglican Benedictine community)



1962 (Second revised edition, fuller than the first and corrected)

Pale beige cloth hardback with dustjacket, pp650 - The sought-after and fuller second revised edition of this seminal study of the history of the religious communities of the Anglican Community. This is a fascinating and comprehensive survey, by a former Anglican monastic, Peter F. Anson, of the revival of the religious life in the Anglican Communion. Available in two editions, the expanded and updated second edition is the more sought-after. The illustrated example is a nice copy, good spine, clean straight boards and text block, fair dustjacket protected by mylar cover, top edge of ffep cut off to remove ownership inscription.



The Supplement to the missal, the proper of masses: In commemoration of thirty-nine beati of the Anglican Communion

An amazing asociation copy!

A fine ex-library (but what a library!) copy of the Oxford Centenary [Supplementary] Missal, author signed (Clement Humilis, the nom-de-plume of James Tait Plowden-Wardlaw, Vicar of St. Clement's, Cambridge) and from the personal library of Alfred Hope Patten, refounder of the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham, ex-Walsingham College Library! In a nice red cloth cover with some water and other marks, faded spine, usual library and owner markings, top edge gilt, mark to text block, four ribbons slightly faded, foxing to first and last few pages, sound overall, and an incredibly rare association copy. I can't tell you how pleased I was to find this one!

The Ordinary and Canon of the Mass commences (after "the customary preparation") with the Collect for Purity, Introit, ninefold kyrie (English or Greek), Gloria, Collects, Epistle, Gradual, etc., Creed, Offertory, Secret and Preface to the Canon in traditional Western form. The Sanctus and Benedictus then open the Canon, which commences with a prayer in recognisable kinship with the BCP Prayer for the Church except for the presence of a passage in praise of the saints, and prays for the sanctification of the gifts before entering into the Words of Institution, concluding with Cranmer's amended Supplices the Rogamus. The Lord's Prayer then follows, succeeded by the Fraction, Agnus Dei, Priest's Communion, Exhortation, Confession of the People, Absolution, Comfortable Words, Prayer of Humble Access, Communion of the People, Ablutions, postcommunions (entitled The Communion), "Almighty and everliving God", Blessing and Last Gospel.

Apart from its interesting use of the 1549 Canon of the Mass, the chief feature of this book, of course, is to give proper texts for masses for thirty-nine servants of God of the Anglican Communion, some going back to the Caroline and Non-Juring period and some deceased within recent memory of the date of publishing (the hundredth anniversary of the Oxford Movement, hence the spine title of the Oxford Centenary [Supplementary] Missal - the Missal it is supplementary to being presumably the English Missal, also published by Knott.

Please see my featured lenses, below, for a more detailed photo essay on this book.

Coram Sanctissimo - Mother Mary Loyola, Bar Convent, York

Traditional Catholic Eucharistic meditations before the Blessed Sacrament

Coram Sanctissimo

Mother Mary Loyola, Bar Convent, York

(Ed. Father Thurston, S.J., Cardinal Vaughan imprimatur)

18th edition, 1923

Sands & Co, London & Edinburgh


An attractive small maroon cloth hardback with gilt title and cross to cover, comprising eucharistic meditations composed by Mother Mary Loyola for the benefit of those paying visits to the Blessed Sacrament. A combination of prose and poetry with an interesting introduction on the history of this form of devotion by the famous Jesuit priest Father Herbert Thurston, S.J. Topics covered in the forty meditations on this undervalued and somewhat neglected form of devotion include praise, one's inward disposition, contrition, etc. The book overall is in sound to good condition, with some tanning to the endpapers, a mark on the back cover and the corners rounded.

Anson - Benedictines of Caldey

Anson - Benedictines of Caldey

Peter F. Anson's classic "The Benedictines of Caldey"

The story of one Anglican community's conversion to Catholicism


Peter F. Anson [former Anglican monastic, received into the Catholic Church c.1912 with other members of the Caldey Anglican Benedictine community)

Catholic Book Club



A sound 1940 Catholic Book Club edition of P.F. Anson's "The Benedictines of Caldey" - the story of the corporate reception of this Anglican Benedictine Foundation into the Catholic Church. Illustrated by the author, a Benedictine of Caldey and later a writer of great interest on many ecclesiastical topics. An interesting read for anyone interested in Anglican monasticism, the Religious life, Anglo-Catholicism in England or conversion.

Parish Priest at Work

Parish Priest at Work

The Parish Priest at Work - Forder

A useful introduction to systematic pastoralia and the running of a parish


An Introduction to Systematic Pastoralia

by Charles R. Forder

Second edition (Revised)

S.P.C.K., London


This is an interesting work of systematic pastoralia, designed to help the new or aspiring parish priest to discharge his pastoral and other responsibilities effectively.

It is divided into five parts, the first of which deals with the manner in which the priest should administer his work and parish, whilst the second deals with parish administration in the co-operative sense; working with others such as the PCC to manage the parish as an entity. The third section then turns on to more human considerations, talking about how the priest should discharge his cure of souls en masse, through the offering of the liturgy, work amongst children, the young and adults and more widely. This is then taken to the next level when the ministry to the individual is considered, through visiting, through confirmation and through the occasional services. Finally, Forder discusses considerations more personal to the priest; his freehold, his first days in the role, and his behaviour, not excepting the particular needs of country or specialist ministry. With a foreword by the Archbishop of York.

Prayer Manual MacNutt

Prayer Manual MacNutt

THE PRAYER MANUAL - For Private Devotion or for Public Use on Divers Occasions

A compendious selection of prayers from sources Ancient, Medieval, and Modern


For Private Devotion or for Public Use on Divers Occasions

Compiled from all sources Ancient, Medieval, and Modern



A.R. Mowbray & Co. Limited, London

1961 (Seventh impression of the 1954 3rd edition, first published 1951)



A fascinating and wide-ranging posthumous compendium of collects and similar prayers, by sometime Canon of Canterbury and Provost and Archdeacon of Leicester, F.B. MacNutt. The collection (ultimately of 1,400 prayers) was commenced by the author in 1915, whilst a chaplain to His Majesty's Forces and became a life's work, being published in this shortened form by his widow shortly after his death. It is in succession to his 1939 War Primer and is along similar lines to Milner-White's "After the Third Collect", being designed in part to complement the Book of Common Prayer morning and evening offices by providing supplementary material for public prayer after the third collect of such services, but goes further by providing extensive material for private prayer. The first section is concerned with the latter need, with 291 prayers providing prayer material for a full month of five Sundays and thirty-one weekdays. The second section, consisting of over five hundred prayers, provides public or private prayers for a huge range of needs and occasions, liturgical, state, private and public, personal or for general good. The range of sources is similarly vast, taking in contemporary luminaries such as Percy Dearmer, saints such as Augustine, ancient and modern liturgical books, hymns, private writings, guild and society prayers (including that of the Order of the Garter!) and many others. With a complimentary foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Ceremonial of the English Church

A seminal work of Prayerbook Catholic/English Use Ceremonial

Ceremonial of the English Church

Vernon Staley


1918 (4th edition, revised)



16 illustrations

This seminal work on the Rites, Ceremonies and Ornaments of the English Church by one of the great Prayerbook Catholic writers on liturgy and ceremonial, Provost Vernon Staley, had run into four editions by 1911, having first been published in 1899, and was still being printed into the 1920s, which is some indication of its enduring popularity. Reflecting the author's didactic concerns as well as his liturgical interests, it is split into three parts, the first being concerned with a defence of the principle of liturgical ceremonial, the second with the way in which liturgical ceremonial in the English church is to be regulated, whilst the third covers the ornaments and ceremonies of the English church itself, with appendices concerning the concurrence of liturgical days, an index to authorities, rubrics, canons etc quoted, and a general index.

Staley himself had a particular interest in post-Reformation and Caroline ceremonial; his contribution to the seminal Library of Liturgiology and Ecclesiology for English Readers, in addition to editing it, was to produce an enlarged version of the Cambridge Camden Society's Hierurgia Anglicana, a catena of telling quotations illustrating the "Catholicity" of ceremonial in the Caroline period. (I review this work elsewhere on this page, and am currently auctioning a copy.) This book reflects this viewpoint, as well as his generally law-abiding approach, by focusing on what is legitimate from immediate post-Reformation precedent to inform what later would become known as the "Prayerbook Catholic" movement within the Church of England. In this case he particularlyfocuses on the ornaments of worship (vestments and church furnishings, etc) and ceremonies which were ordered under the prayer book "as were in place in the second year of King Edward VI". Staley demonstrates how this order should be interpreted in a direction which allows a maximum of the old ceremonial provided it does not contradict the content of the Reformed rite. Staley does not limit himself only to the rubrics of the Prayer Book, however, but also addresses himself to the canons of the Church of England, Injunctions, and various other greater and lesser acts of crown, parliament and church to support his contentions.

His first section goes over the usual ground, justifying religious ceremonial by reference to scripture, tradition and natural law, and is a useful introduction to the presuppositions underlying what follows.

In his second section, Staley is at one with other Anglican Catholic writers of various schools in insisting that the scanty rubrical and ceremonial directions of the Prayer Book must be supplemented; his distinctive contribution, in contradistinction to Western Rite advocates, was to insist - like Percy Dearmer - that this must be undertaken from English liturgical sources rather than liturgically borrowing from (then) modern Rome. He parts company from the true Sarum enthusiasts, though, and continues his commonality with Dearmer's position, by insisting that the use of the old ornaments and ceremonies to beautify the Rite must be controlled strictly in accordance with the rubrics, and that there must be no resurrecting of rites and ornaments implicitly or explicitly repudiated at the Reformation on the plea that they are widely used in other parts of the Catholic Church. Conversely, he is careful to point out that such rites and ornaments as are covered by the Ornaments Rubric were not to be merely retained, but also to be *in use*, and that such a requirement retains its force today, so that loyalty to the Prayerbook demands that they be still used. His discussion of the point culminates in his interesting, and surprisingly extensive, list between pages 94 and 96 of the paperback volume, of ornaments and ceremonies permitted within the Church of England, which includes the processional cross, the chasuble and maniple, wafer bread, the mixed chalice, plainsong, liturgical colours and incense amongst others.

He then goes on to discuss, in three parts, the ornaments of the church and of its ministers, and the ceremonies of the church. Each of these sections is interesting and worthy of review in its own right, but largely follow the lines given above. The focus throughout is on defending the use of Catholic ceremonial.

This is certainly highly recommended for any English Use library.

The Server's Handbook (Part of the Parson's Handbook series)

A guide to the duties of the clerk at a plain celebration of the Holy Communion - and much more!

The Server's Handbook

Being a guide to the duties of the clerk at a plain celebration of the Holy Communion, at the administration of Holy Baptism, the Solemnisation of Matrimony, the Visitation of the Sick, the Churching of Women and the Burial of the Dead

With the text of the liturgy and private prayers

Rev. Percy Dearmer, M.A., D.D.

Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press

1917 (5th impression)

This is Percy Dearmer's very useful guide for clerks and servers in an English Use church. In many respects, this represents Dearmer at his best. Loyalty to the Prayer Book is discreetly assumed rather than asserted, the prose is crisp and the tone is brisk without being overly didactic; the book is the better because of it. Unless one is an English Use partisan, Dearmer's attitude to the Roman Rite is not one of his more attractive qualities, and here it is blessedly absent. Instead he concentrates on directing the thoughts and actions of the server, clerk or acolyte in a clear and unfussy fashion and does so very well. In terms of content, the claim on the title page that the book contains "the text of the liturgy" is a little generous as the text is not complete (the Long Exhortation, for example, is missing), as well as being slightly oddly arranged (the text of the liturgy and associated directions is at the top of the page, separated by a line from the devotions below, but often the devotions take up more of the page than the liturgy does!) but the provision for private prayers from Eastern, Sarum and Roman sources is generous, as is the provision for the Priest's confiteor before Mass (although printed as a footnote). The order of service also provides for the preparation of the elements in two places, before the service commences and at the offertory, and rounds off with brief but pithy notes on all the occasional offices provided for in the BCP.

Part of the Parson's Handbook series (a guide to church law being another part) this is a fairly rare book, and strongly recommended for those interested in the English Use.

Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described - Adrian Fortescue

A rare early edition

The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described

by Adrian Fortescue

In accordance with the rubrics of liturgical books, the decrees of the Congregation of Sacred Rites, the Code of Canon Law, and approved authors.

Containing all such ceremonies as may occur in a parish church, the rules for pontifical functions and directions for the administration of the sacraments. With plans and diagrams by the author and with a preface by His Eminence Cardinal Bounre, Archbishop of Westminster.

This is an interesting early edition of this classic liturgical manual, in the original version prepared by the inimitable Adrian Fortescue as a replacement for the (he says) rather out of date, irrelevant and inaccurate Dale-Baldeschi "Ceremonial according to the Roman Rite", which was the dominant Catholic liturgical manual in Britain at this time. It is one of the definitive tomes on the ceremonies of the (Extraordinary Form of the) Roman Rite, with the stated aim of providing everything by way of ceremonial guidance that a secular parish priest in England might want. To do this it is generously provided with explanations and diagrams in the text, covering the vestments and furnishings of the Roman Rite with extensive sections on the Mass, Vespers, the Liturgical year, occasional functions (including pontifical), ceremonies of the Ritual, and funerals.

It benefits from his rather cutting explanation as to why, having been asked by the publishers to prepare a new version of Dale-Baldeschi, he decided to abandon his attempt and write a new book instead, in which he is rather expansive about the deficiencies of the former work! His careful use of traditional English liturgical terms in preference to terms derived from Italian is also interesting as a signifier of his preferences and provides a point of comparison with the various English Use/Western Rite authors writing on the Anglican side at this time. His insistence that, in the event of a matter not being settled by approved authors, the proper recourse is the custom of one's own diocese rather than that of the diocese of Rome, could also prove an interesting point of commonality, although he is careful to disclaim any "nonsense" about "national churches", noting instead that the diocese represents the real point of unity within the wider unity of the Catholic Church.

The coverage is impressive, commencing with general principles concerning ceremonies, covering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in its various forms (including Pontifical High Masses at both Faldstool and Throne), evening services (including Pontifical Vespers and Benediction, which Fortescue describes as the pre-eminent English evening service in his time), the liturgical year in all its richness and complexity, and concluding with a section on occasional services from the Forty Hours, through canonical visitation and confirmation, to funerals.

Particular strengths in the handling arise from the careful provision of guidance for the celebrations of Low Mass and the Missa Cantata (a sung Mass without deacon or sub-deacon, the most common Sunday Mass at this time), together with the provision for the celebration ofg Holy Week for churches with only the one minister, and (in relation to the evening and occasional services, the description of the services of Benediction and of the Ritual according to the forms required in England and set out in the Ritus Servandus and Ordo Administrandi respectively.

It also features some well chosen plans, skilfully drawn by the author to demonstrate the placing of the various sacred ministers and liturgical reuqisities in the sanctuary for a range of liturgical functions.

A biography of Father Fortescue, and also of Canon J.B. O'Connell, who revised the later editions of Fortescue's work, taken from the recent 15th edition, is given below:

"Adrian Fortescue (1874-1923) was a Roman Catholic priest and Englishman who was an influential liturgist, artist, calligrapher, composer, polyglot, amateur photographer, Byzantine scholar, and adventurer. He has been described by Michael Davies as, 'the greatest authority on the liturgy of the Roman Rite the English speaking world has ever known". [Although I personally think that J.B. O'Connell may deserve this honour, not least for his "The Celebration of Mass".]

Canon J.B.O'Connell (d. 1977). Ceremonial and rubrics were his life's work and on the death of Adrian Fortescue in 1923, he was asked to prepare the third edition of this book. Over the next forty years he prepared a further nine editions. Canon O'Connell was a secular priest of the Menevia Diocese. " (His anniversary of death is 2 December 1977, should any kind soul wish to remember him.)

The earlier editions benefit from an attrative binding with a device similar to the St. Benedict cross on the cover. Fairly rare and certainly an important adjunct to any Roman Rite library.

Notes on Ceremonial from the Ancient English Office Books

A Guide to the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist and to the general arrangement of Altar and Choir Services

Notes on Ceremonial from the Ancient English Office Books

A Guide to the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist and to the general arrangement of Altar and Choir Services

H.G. Morse

5th Edition, revised


Pickering & Chatto, London


pp. 222

This is a rare and informative guide for priests of the Prayerbook Catholic or Anglo-Catholic traditions seeking to enhance the office of the book of common prayer from traditional English liturgical sources.

It is full of Sarum-Rite influence (more so than Dearmer's Parson's Handbook, for instance) and also draws on the liturgical practices of the ancient French diocesan Uses (such as that of Lyons, for example) to provide a complete picture of a Book of Common Prayer Eucharist celebrated with full "English" ceremonial, in Low, High and Missa Cantata (Sung Mass without additional liturgical ministers) forms. As well as traditional prayer forms for the sacred ministers, it contains vestry and altar preparations, directions for processions, detailed instructions for all ministers from candlebearer, thurifer and clerk up through the Orders through Sub-Deacon and Deacon to priest-celebrant for the three types of Mass mentioned above, plus extensive notes on the divine office (Mattins and Evensong), funerals and the commemmoration of the dead, and pages of notes on disputed and antiquarian points on lights, the kalendar, liturgical colours and so on. It is interesting that notwithstanding its Sarum Use sympathies, it mandates the use by the sacred ministers of the biretta! It is also interesting to note that although it gives liturgical colour sequences derived from Sarum, it cautions against adopting these outwith the ancient diocese of Salisbury, noting that even where a cathedral (the mother-church of the diocese) adopted Sarum ceremonial, the diocesan colour sequence did not necessarily follow.

Whilst the text of the liturgy itself is to be found in the companion "Priest's Ceremonial" (1888-1928), the Rite can largely be reconstructed from the ceremonial directions, which presuppose a eucharist offered according to BCP order, followed strictly, but generously clothed with Sarum Rite elements. It commences with a preparation along Sarum lines (a form for which is given in the book) and Introit and then moves into the BCP introduction, with the insertion of Sarum blessings of incense and of water (also supplied) at appropriate points. Salutations ("Let us pray" &c) are also provided for at the traditional points, including at the Collect and at the Gospel, which itself is clothed with Sarum ceremonies, including provision for a Gradual. Sarum offertory prayers are also inserted at the appropriate point, as is the Sarum Canon and the prayers following it, save Quam Oblationem, which Morse argues should be omitted on the grounds that it duplicates the Prayerbook's "and grant that we receiving..." The Benedictus qui venit is added for quiet recitation after the Sanctus and an additional Lord's Prayer after the Canon, although the author suggests that this need not be used, as duplicativ e of the Prayerbook provision for it. The Gloria remains in the Prayerbook position and the ablutions are taken after the Blessing. Provision is made for a Last Gospel, to be said returning from the Altar.

Definitely a must for any "English Use" collection.

Issued in six editions, generally as a black cloth hardback, up to Royal Octavo in size.

Hierurgia Anglicana - Documents and Extracts illustrative of the ceremonial of the English Church after the Reformation

Volumes 1,3 and 5 of the Library of Liturgiology & Ecclesiology for English Readers by the noted liturgist and antiquary Vernon Staley

The rarer three-volume edition, not the two-volume expansion of the 1848 Cambridge Camden Society edition, but much bigger!

These three volumes between them cover practically everything anyone might wish to know about ritual, rite, ceremony, custom and observance in the Anglican Church from Caroline times up to the turn of the nineteenth century. It comprises an extensive catena of references and pertinent illustrations on every post-Reformation liturgical and ecclesiastical subject under the sun and is a recommended resource. This particular edition was prepared under the editorship of Provost Vernon Staley, author of "The Ceremonial of the English Church" and "The Catholic Religion", and must surely rank as one of his greatest contributions to that part of the Anglican Church attached to the Catholic faith as practised by the divines, priests and laity of the post-Reformation English church. It took and expanded upon the work of the Cambridge Camden Society, first in two volumes and then, as here, in three, and was published as part of his magnificent opus, "The Library of Liturgiology and Ecclesiology for English Readers", a collection of liturgical and ecclesiastical works for the general and specialist reader including essays, reprinted source texts (e.g. the 1549 Prayer Book, first Roman Ordo and Sarum Missal) and collections of references such as this one.

Handsome red cloth bindings, top edges gilt, side and lower edges rough-cut, gilt-titled spines somewhat sunned. Foxed in places, especially the endpapers, moderately thumbed, and the loss/damage to the tops of the spines suggests that the learned antiquary was not above tugging them out of their place on the shelves by the top, but sound overall. Rare in any event, full three-colume sets such as this are particularly hard to find and expensive.

This interesting set is distinguished by the presence of the handsome armorial bookplate of the equally noted liturgical historian Ernest Hermitage Day.

Printed in London by Alexander Moring of the noted De La More private Press

1902, 1903 & 1904

pp 279, 313 & 368

The Shape of the Liturgy by Dom Gregory Dix

A marvellous survey and explanation of the development and shape of the Christian Eucharist

This is a fascinating book, one of the definitive works of its kind, which I am only selling as it is a duplicate copy. Dom Gregory Dix is a very engaging writer, as well known for his clear prose as for his engaging sense of humour, and this book does him full justice. Developed out of an essay delivered to the Anglican Religious, the Cowley Fathers, this is Dix's attempt, as a talented liturgical scholar, to identify a definite "classical" shape for the Eucharist (which he finds in the fourfold action of offertory, prayer, fraction and communion) and then explain how this might have come about. Whilst not assented to by all, his work remains well worth the reading.

Smart green cloth with gilt spine title, a few marks and foxing to text block, rubbing to corners, hinges fair. Owner's (a cleric) inscription on front pastedown, underlining on p.744 (a particularly moving passage of Dix's on the ubiquity of the Eucharist), otherwise good.

A Theological Introduction to the Thirty-Nine Articles

A moderate Catholic interpretation of the Articles


by E.J. Bicknell, D.D.

Longmans, Green & Co, London

1929 (new impression)

An invaluable survey of the thirty-nine articles of religion of the Church of England, interpreting these in a moderate Prayerbook-Catholic manner.

A synthesis rather than an original work, it gathered a lot of relevant material together for the first time. It is a practical book, directed towards the need to equip ordination candidates to assent to the Articles, and also to recognise the continuing focus of Bishops' examinations on the Articles. It is also in some senses an apologia for the study of Articles, which, as the author notes, still deal in many cases with fundamental problems of theology and evidence a typical Anglican attitude towards these.

Codex Iuris Canonici : Latin Code of Canon Law

This is a compendium, in Latin, of the canon law of the Catholic Church, as issued by Pope Pius the Tenth, but dated 1956. It is divided into a number of books, parts and titles and supported by a selection of relevant documents (mainly the Constitutio of various Popes) and a very extensive (150 pages+) index.

This substantial pocket-sized volume is in a simple brown cloth binding with ruled edges and rounded corners, the words "codex iuris canonici" stamped in gilt capitals on the spine, coloured headbands and natural edges to the text block, with single ribbon and thumbnail for Index. The spine shows light rubbing at top and bottom and at the edges as well as minor spotting to the covers themselves. A quick leaf through indicates that there has been some annotation in ink, underlining and excision, although this seems to affect a very small proportion of the text, and is mainly (although not exclusively) confined to the Matrimonial section. The pages are a little yellowed, although this may be their natural tint. Sound to good overall.


Pii X Pontificis Maximi

iussu digestus

Benedicti Papae XV

auctoritate promulgatus

praefatione Emi. Petri Card. Gasparr


Indice analytico-aplhabetico



Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis


The Ritual Reason Why

A classic Anglo-Catholic ceremonial guide for the laity

The Ritual Reason Why

Charles Walker revised by T.I. Ball





A reading copy only of this quasi-legendary Anglo-Catholic work, written in an interesting question and answer format (which now looks rather quaint) designed to introduce the layman to the ceremonies of the Church. A work of considerable longevity, first appearing in 1868 and being reprinted for much of the succeeding century, this is a new impression of the 1919 new edition, revised by the Very Reverend Thomas .I. Ball, provost of the high-church Cumbrae Cathedral (the cathedral of the Isles.) It is not fully clear which is Walker's work and which Ball's but some text is put in smaller (but still legible) type.

The book commences with an introductory discussion on the purposes of, and justification for, ceremonial in church, drawing on historical and scriptural sources. The next area of consideration is then the ornaments (fixtures, fittings, liturgical vessels, etc) of the church, taking in everything from the altar to the sanctus-bell and houseling cloth. Part three then covers the ornaments (i.e. vestments, but including garments such as the cassock) of the ministers themselves, including by extension those of choir, servers and Religious. The explanations cover both the historical, practical and symbolic/typological aspects of cassocks, cottas, rochets, etc., and also cover things such as the liturgical colours, evenhandedly covering both the Western and Sarum uses. The fourth part covers benedictions, focusing on the various forms of prayer by which objects are set aside for the service of the church or of the laity (not excluding rare practices such as the blessing of the eulogia/holy loaf. Section five then deals with the church's Kalendar, under the heading "Feasts and Fasts", addressing the seasons, the fasts (rogation days and vigils) of the church, the classifications or ranks of feasts, the processes of translation, occurrence and concurrence of feasts, all taking concurrence of the Roman system as well as the Red- and Black-letter days of the BCP kalendar. The next three parts deal with the various sections of the choral office, Mattins and Evensong, the solemn The Deum and the Litany, covering the purpose of public prayer, the reasons for it being choral, the methods of choral singing and historic "tones", liturgical postures, etc. The ninth section then deals with processions, their purpose, order, and accompaniments such as banners, etc. The tenth section discusses at length the celebration of the eucharist in the form of a "low celebration" (that is, without choir or servers). It deals with everything from the name of the service (including the controversial term "Mass") through the manner of approach to the altar, the postures, position and gestures of the officiant priest, the order of the service, the use of reverences, disputed practices such as the commingling of water and wine at the eucharist and the type of bread used, to the manner of the dismissal. The commentary is an interesting mixture of the practical, historical and symbolical/typological, as before, but also addresses controversial topics in a discursive terms. This is then supplemented by a section on the high or solemn celebration, addressing in particular the roles, actions, postures and so forth of the acolytes and other sacred ministers. The twelfth section addresses funeral or mortuary celebrations, addressing the principle of offering the eucharist for the departed, and the particular ceremonial for such services. Section thirteen deals with occasional services such as baptism (touching on tpoics such as the purpose of conditional baptism and the use of two colours of stole), marriage, the visitation of the sick, the burial service and the churching of women. The penultimate chapter covers seasonal ceremonial, such as the laying aside of the diaconal and sub-diaconal vestments in Lent and Advent, the use of candles at the Purification, the Reproaces, etc. Finally, section fifteen (rather oddly treated as an appendix) deals with the canonical hours of the Roman and pre-Reformation English church, Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline, their arrangement and ceremonial. There is also a useful index.

Charles Walker, the author, was an interesting man, having been heavily involved in the Ritualist/Anglo-Catholic movement for a long time, initially associated with the Sarum/"English Use" tendency but gradually moving more towards a "Western Use" framework until he eventually made his submission to Rome, the mother church of that Use. Like many liturgists of his school, his early studies were concerned with the Sarum Use, and he was the author of a useful (albeit these days somewhat overlooked) translation of the Sarum Missal and kalendar. Other works, such as this one, were more focused on helping the laity to understand, appreciate and participate in the worship of the church. I believe he also wrote "The Congregation in Church" along similar lines. He was particularly interested in Anglican religious foundations and tried his vocation as a lay brother in at least one before realising that he did not have a vocation to the Monastic life.

The Rivers of the Flood - Dom Anselm Hughes, Monk of Nashdom Abbey

A personal account of the Catholic Movement in the 20th Century - by "one who was there"!

This book is (as the back cover says!) a witty, concise and highly readable account of the Catholic Movement in the Church of England from the immediate post-Tractarian period to the end of the 1950s. Whilst laced with pithly-expressed personal opinions, it is not merely a collection of reminiscences but is programmatic, as evidenced by the title (a quotation from Psalm 46): the "rivers of the flood which make glad the City of God" are the Catholic Movement itself, and this book is the chronicle of its forward movement. Dom Anselm, as well as being a monk of the famous Anglican foundation, Nashdom Abbey, was also a priest, staff member of the Society of the Faith and Faith House, and associate of the "Twenty One" who stood against "Uncle Arthur" Winnington-Ingram's prohibition of open Reservation of the Sacrament in his London diocese, thus giving an almost unparalleled breadth and depth of experience in this period. His discussions of the rise and fall of the Sarum/"English Use" movement (which he associates with the spiritual journey and vicissitudes of its Apostle, Percy Dearmer), the changing relationship of the Bishops (about whom he has some pithy observations) to the Movement, and the role of what he calls the "High-Church/Central/"No party" party are highly interesting, but the historical events affecting the Movement are also covered (Kikuyu, 1928 Prayer Book, the Congresses, South India) and the ongoing features (music, worship and the liturgy, and social activism) are not left without a mention. Published by the Faith Press in two editions, 1961 and 1963 (the latter at least being paperback), this is a highly entertaining book, collectable, and strongly recommended for any Anglo-Catholic library.

Proper Lessons to be read at Morning & Evening Prayer on the Sundays and other Holy Days throughout the year

A compact book of BCP Lessons (including for Gunpowder Treason, Charles King and Martyr and Restoration services) plus the complete New Testament

A very handsome compact leather-bound volume, featuring all the Proper Lessons for Sundays and other Holy Days for Morning and Evening Prayer (i.e. Matins and Evensong) in the regular BCP, plus lessons for the traditional services left out of later versions including the "Gunpowder Treason" service, service for Charles, King and Martyr, and the Restoration service. It also features a complete New Testament. A very nice little volume.

It is bound in grained black leather with double-ruled border with extensive gilt-tooled decorations to the covers, six compartment banded spine with gilt title in second compartment, and all edges gilt. The spine shows rubbing to the base, head, bands and sides, whilst the covers show marks and scratches and rounding to the corners. The hinges and text block are largely sound, although the latter is spotted throughout. There is one gift inscription, dated 1850, to the front free endpaper. Whilst it has clearly seen use in the daily offices of the church over a century and a half, the condition overall is sound.

Proper Lessons to be read at Morning & Evening Prayer on the Sundays and other Holy Days throughout the year

bound together with

The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

London, Eyre & Spottiswoode

1847 & 1848


4 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/4"

Dictionary to the Pian Psalter

Dictionary to the Pian Psalter

Dictionary of the New Latin Psalter of Pope Pius XII

A useful aid to understanding and fruitful use of the Pian Psalter

This attractive slim volume is a handy dictionary designed to help seminarians and "Old Psalter" priests to adapt to, and adopt, the then-new Pian or Bea psalter. The psalter of pope Pius XII, as established by the Apostolic Letter "In Cotidianis Precibus", was designed as a replacement for Saint Jerome's second Latin psalter, that taken from the Greek. Like his third psalter, it was a fresh translation straight from the Hebrew, in this case written to eliminate the inaccuracies subsisting in the Greek version which served to obscure the force of the original Hebrew. Whilst the translation is purposefully Classical/Ciceronian, it was recognised that not all of the words used in it woul dbe immeidately accessible or familiar to students, hence the production of this dictionary. In plan, it gives as many citations as there are meanings to the word when used in the Psalter, which appears an efficient use , and ensures the slim length of the volume. Whilst not of the same ambition and scope as Father Matthew Britt's dictionary of the Old Psalter, this should nonetheless find a welcome on any shelf where the New Psalter, as found in the breviaries of the 1950s and 1960s, is used.

5th edition, The Ritual Explained

5th edition, The Ritual Explained

The Ritual Explained

A Manual for the Use of the Clergy with special reference to the Clergy in England

This guide to the employment of the Roman Ritual has the rare distinction of being specifically written for the use of English Catholic clergy. It was written by a Professor of Moral Theology at the famous Northern seminary St. Cuthbert's College, Ushaw (a very timely keepsake, given he announcement that it will close as from June 2011) and was sufficiently well regarded to go through at least six editions. Under Latin headings presumably taken from the Rituale Romanum itself, it takes the priest through the sacraments of the Ritual from baptism through penance, the eucharist (although not of course the celebration of the Mass), extreme unction, the apostolic blessing in the hour of death, visitation of the sick, services for the dead, matrimony and a wide variety of blessings. One particular benefit of the work is that it combines rubrical insights from the best authors with well-judged comments on English customs and pastoral advice in one convenient volume. An excellent pastoral and rubrical resource. Expect to pay between £15 and £30.

The Oecumenical Ideals of the Oxford Movement, First Edition

The Oecumenical Ideals of the Oxford Movement, First Edition

The Oecumenical Ideals of the Oxford Movement - H.R.T. Brandreth

Very pertinent reflections on the impulse towards reunion

This is a scholarly survey of thought and activity related to the cause of ecumenical reunion in the Anglican Communion from its earliest antecedents up to the time of the Malines Conversations. As such it is a highly pertinent text for today, in the light of the Holy Father's recent initiative, Anglicanorum Coetibus, and all of the comment and speculation stemming therefrom. In it the author, perhaps best known for his incisive comments on the "wandering bishops" phenomenon in "Episcopi Vagantes and the Anglican Church," discusses the impulse to Christian reunion in the Anglican Church, from Lancelot Andrewes, through the non-Jurors and the various attempts at rapprochement with the Eastern Churches, to Dr Pusey's Eirenicon of 1864, the abortive Association for the Promotion of the Unity of Christendom and Order of Corporate Reunion, Home Reunion with the Nonconformist churches, intercommunion with the Old Catholics, the Church Unity octave and the Malines conversations. The book, although slim at 90 pages, contains a wealth of historical information and sources, carefully cited, and leaves the reader in no doubt that the impulse to Christian unity, and Catholic unity in particular, has been a running thread in Anglican thought - at least that of the High Church party and its successors - from a very early stage. The subject has never been more pertinent than now, and I suggest that it is a book that everyone who wishes to understand the present activity towards unity should acquaint themselves with.

Whilst not one of his rarer works, it only appeared, so far as I know, in one edition. It turns up occasionally online or in bookshops, and something in the region of £15 would seem reasonable for a sound copy.

The Little Missal for the Laity: Compiled from Authorised Sources by a Committee of Laymen, the Translation of the Canon being t

A charming private press production for the Faith Press

"The Little Missal for the Laity: Compiled from Authorised Sources by a Committee of Laymen, the Translation of the Canon being that of Bishop Miles Coverdale"

Printed in London by the De La More Press Limited, and published by the Faith Press at London, Leighton Buzzard and Manchester

No date, but internal evidence indicates after 1911, and before 1938.

A charming private press production, for the Faith Press, this interesting and rare* hand missal was designed for Anglo-Catholic laity to help them to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as offered according to the "English Rite" (Book of Common Prayer) with extensive Roman Rite interpolations. What makes it rare, if not entirely unique in my experience, is that it contains interpolations from the Roman Rite as translated in 1550 by Bishop Miles Coverdale**, author of the Coverdale psalter, beloved of generations of Anglicans, and also of the first complete bible in English. According to some sources, the Coverdale canon is the source text for the canon in the Book of Divine Worship, the book approved by the curia for the Anglican Use/Pastoral Provision parishes in the US (and, currently, for Ordinariate parishes in Great Britain) Bishop Christopher Hill, however, in his "WHAT IS A PERSONAL ORDINARIATE? - CANONICAL AND LITURGICAL

OBSERVATIONS BY THE BISHOP OF GUILDFORD", states that the Canon in Rite I of the BDW is in actual fact drawn from The American Missal, and it certainly does not agree with the text here. An interesting little mystery!

The Little Missal actually comprises two books bound into one, the first being the Little Missal, and the second The Collects, Epistles and Gospels to be used throughout the year according to the BCP, in the Oxford long primer 32mo edition, thus providing a complete hand missal for all the feasts, festivals and fasts of the Anglican year.

The missal section commences with an office of preparation for Holy Communion, drawing on Catholic sources, including a pretty prayer "for right belief concerning the Holy Eucharist." The Mass itself (entitled "Holy Eucharist"), consists of the Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service with the preparatory, offertory, canon, post-communion and closing prayers interpolated from the Roman Rite in their proper places. It is then followed by a thanksgiving modelled on the Roman form, simplified in some areas and expanded in others. The Collects, Epistles and Gospels section then follows. Both sections are graced with attractive woodcut illustrations throughout.

The Mass (with its sources) runs as follows:

Invocation of the Trinity (Roman Rite - RR)

Ps. 43 - Judica Me

Introibo ad altare Dei

Confiteor & Absolution


Lord's prayer (Book of Common Prayer -BCP)

Collect for Purity

Ten commandments

Collect for the King

Collect of the Day




Offertory sentences

Suscipe Sancte Pater

Deus qui humanae

Offerimus tibi

In spiritu humilitatis

Veni Sanctificator


[Per intercessionem [Incensum istud, the prayer when incensing the offerings, omitted]

Dirigatur, Domine

Accendat in nobis]

Lavabo inter innocentes

Suscipe, Sancte Trinitas

Prayer for the Church [the Exhortations being omitted]

Ye that do truly

General Confession


Comfortable Words

Dominus vobiscum/Et cum spirito tuo

Lift up your hearts

Ferial preface

Therefore with Angels...

The Igitur [a petition for the Chief Bishop being put in place of that for the Pope, and a petition for the King being added]

Memento Domine


Hanc igitur

Quam oblationem

Prayer for Humble Access

Prayer of Consecration

Unde et memores

Supplices the rogamus

Memento etiam

Nobis quoque...Per quem...per ipsum

Lord's Prayer [Prefaced with Roman introduction, "Amen" after "evil."]

Embolism to the Lord's Prayer - Libera nos

Agnus Dei

Haec commixtio

O Lord, Holy Father, almighty God [Sarum Missal]

Domine Jesu Christe

Paternoster [as before]

Prayer of Oblation/Thanksgiving

Glory be to God on High

the Peace of God

Last Gospel

The book itself is in sound used condition, with a gift inscription (dated 1938) in faded ink on the front free endpaper, some rubbing and/or rounding to the extremities and leading edges, slight cocking, faint vertical lines to front and back covers.

*I can find neither an alternative copy, nor bibliographical details, online; this is the first of only two copies I have ever seen.

** apparently written for polemical purposes, I believe it also features in some editions of Foxe's Book of Martyrs, of all places!





"The Saint Andrew Daily Missal, with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts by Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, O.S.B., and the Monks of the Abbey o

A Compendious Traditional Catholic Daily Missal in Latin & English

"The Saint Andrew Daily Missal, with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts by Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, O.S.B., and the Monks of the Abbey of St. Andrew"

Printed by the Liturgical Apostolate, Abbey of St. Andrew, Bruges 3, Belgium.

1959. (Imprimi potest and Imprimatur)

An incredibly compendious hand missal designed to allow the Catholic laity to assists most profitably at the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Sunday Vespers. With an introduction by the Archbishop of Westminster , graced with attractive illustrations throughout. Amongst its interesting features are the very comprehensive marginal notations describing the actions of the sanctuary party and explaining the prayers of the Mass, the directions for dialogue masses, and the map (unique amongst hand missals that I am aware of) shewing the positions of the Stational Churches of Rome.

It also features the priestly preparation prayers, the vesting prayers, bilingual canon, prayers after Low Mass, full provision of Commons, Compline, extensive prayers, a kyriale, new (Maxima Redemptione Nostra) Easter Rites, and a supplement shewing Proper Feasts kept in the Diocese of Great Britain.

All in all, it is one of the most impressive hand missals I have seen, comparing well with classics such as the Knox/Finberg Missal in Latin and english and Baronius Press' recent republication of the Laverty Missal.



A Free Church Book of Common Prayer and of The Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites, Ceremonies, and Services of th

Together with a selection of Sentences, Prayers and Thanksgivings, and the Psalter in the Authorized Version with Canticles pointed for chanting in speech-rhythm

A Free Church Book of Common Prayer and of The Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites, Ceremonies, and Services of the Christian Church

Together with a selection of Sentences, Prayers and Thanksgivings, and the Psalter in the Authorized Version with Canticles pointed for chanting in speech-rhythm

J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., London and Toronto

1929 (second edition)

This interesting text borrows both from the Book of Common Prayer and the Missal, containing a series of worship services, two based on the BCP Matins and Evensong respectively, another non-denominational , a holy communion service borrowing heavily from the BCP with extensive Catholic interpolations, Prime and Compline of the traditional Catholic hours, rites for baptism, healing, the orderig of Ministers and the healing of the sick, and a complete Psalter. Designed as a resource for "Independent Catholics", particularly from reformed traditions, it provides for liturgical worship in the context of situations where doctrinal unity was not required, and was most recently used as a liturgical resource in the Society of Free Christians. It occupies the same sort of liturgical niche as the equally interesting Order of Divine Service for Public Worship by Dr Orchard, the famous vestment-wearing Nonconformist of the King's Weighhouse Chapel.

The example illustrated is formerly of the library of Mansfield College, Oxford, and before that a clergyman/minister's private library and is in sound ex-library condition, usual marks/stamps.

I believe that these are rather rare - and a very interesting independent catholic resource.



The Missal in Latin & English : being the text of the Missale Romanum with english rubrics and a new translation

A classic Catholic hand missal

This is one of the classic English-language Catholic hand Missals, handsomely produced by Burns, Oates & Washbourne and co-edited by H.P.R. Finberg and renowned liturgist J.B. O'Connell, married with scriptures by Monsignor Ronald Knox, taken from his limpid one-man translation of the scriptures, prepared at the request of the English catholic bishops of England and Scotland in 1945-49. As one would expect the Missal is rubricated throughout, featuring excellent detailed rubrics (duly divided up between Low and High Mass, for ease of reference), a clear new English translation and is generally well laid-out. The particular version illustrated forms an interesting piece of liturgical history - being published in 1949 it features the Holy Week rites as they stood not only before the new rites of "Maxima Redemptionis" and (even) the restoration of the Easter Vigil but also has the distinction of featuring the new "Signum Magnum" propers for the Assumption (post-"Munificentimuss Deus") tipped-in alongside the old "Gaudeamus omnes" propers, thus allowing for a ready comparison between the two.



The Day Hours of the Church of England

An interesting early Anglican Breviary


newly revised

according to the Prayer-Book and the Authorised translation of the Bible

J. Masters & Co


Twentieth thousand


A very interesting Sarum-influenced English Breviary, in Diurnal form - containing all of the hours of the traditional cursus, with the exception of Matins, all accommodated to the familiar rhythms of the Authorised version and the Book of Common Prayer. Conveniently hand-sized, and prays nicely. The 1884 edition (illustrated) is a maroon cloth hardback but the book remained in print (albeit in different versions) into the 1950s, later editions being slightly smaller, in dark blue or black cloth. It is an interesting illustration of the progress of the Anglo-Catholic movement within the Anglican church that later editions of this book (such as that of 1950, referred to above) had the kalendar amended to bring it more into line with Roman, rather than Sarum, usage.



The Ornaments of the Ministers by Percy Dearmer

A charming Prayerbook Catholic text on vestments by the author of the Parson's Handbook

The Arts of the Church - The Ornaments of the Ministers, by Percy Dearmer, DD. Mowbray, 1911 (new impression.) (First impression, 1908, new edition, expanded, not part of the Arts of the Church series, 1920.)

A classic text from the Percy Dearmer-edited Arts of the Church series, covering the whole spectrum from current (at the time of writing) to ancient vestments, plus clerical dress - style, cut, colours, etc. Well written and accessible enough for the amateur, as was the aim of all books in this charming series. With 41 photographic plates (many of them showing vestments and clerical dress as modelled by Dearmer's friends!) and 34 figures in the text, by well-known artist (and illustrator of the Prayerbook Catholic classic "Illustrations of the Liturgy") Clement O. Skilbeck.

The work begins by treating of the Biblical and Classical antecedents of the vestments, as the Church has received them, not excluding an amusing digression onto one of Deamer's favourite hobbyhorses, the horror of modern (i.e. Edwardian!) "tubular fashions" - "ridiculous", "dingy", "absurd" being amongst the epithets by which he expresses his antipathy for common Edwardian walking-out dress, the humble trouser not being excepted...

This freakishness aside, he then goes on into an interesting disquisition (in part II) into the background of the earliest Christian garments, which he identifies as the Albe and the Chasuble, followed by Pallium, Tunicle and Dalmatic, Buskins and Sandals, and, finally, the Stole and Maniple (or Fanon, as he has it.)

Part III, entitled "After the First Six Centuries" then treats of the Cope in its various forms, the Amice, the Crozier and Mitre (along with other episcopal ornaments), the Rochet, Surplice and Almuce, and the Hood, Tippet and Scarf.

Part IV, out-door costume, then treats primarily (but not exclusively) of the outdoor garb of the Priest, addressing the Square Cap, Cassock and Gown, but also touching on the Chimere, Ruffs, the Scarlet Coat of the Children of the Chapel Royal, Wands and Maces and the Offertory Veil.

Finally, the book rounds off with consideration of the significance of the ornaments, their colours and uses.

All in all it is a very charming, well-written and engaging book, worthy of any Prayerbook Catholic library. The book was made available in two bindings, red cloth (illustrated) and green cloth, both attractively presented and gilt blocked. The 1920 edition was in plain blue cloth. Copies tend to go for £15-£30 with the second edition not appearing to command a particular premium.



This our Sacrifice. An outline of the ceremonial actions of the eucharistic rite. With illustrations

classic illustrated exposition of the ceremonial actions of the Book of Common Prayer eucharist

This our Sacrifice. An outline of the ceremonial actions of the eucharistic rite. With illustrations.

Leonard Alfred Edward Horsfield and Harold Riley

Church Literature Association for the Church Union; published by Morehouse-Gorham in the United States.

First British edition 1949, Second British edition 1955.

A classic illustrated exposition of the ceremonial actions of the Book of Common Prayer eucharist as interpreted by the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England with reference to the forms of the Catholic Tridentine mass.

Designed as an exposition of the Prayer Book service done as a Low Mass in Interim Rite/Overall's Canon form, its coverage proceeds from the preparation (taken from the Tridentine Rite and including the "Judica me"), through the Mass of the Catechumens (described here, with shades of the Liturgical Movement, as "The Gathering of the Christian People"), through the Eucharistic action itself (in four parts, offertory, consecration, fraction and communion - reflective of Dix's four-fold action, as set out in his "The Shape of the Liturgy", which is acknowledged as a source of inspiration in the introduction), ending with the dismissal, blessing and last Gospel (glossed as "The Sending Forth of the People") as an epilogue. Each phase of the action is accompanied by explanatory texts, prayers (where not supplied in the Prayer Book) from the Anglican Missal, and some extremely well done and clear photographs of Low Mass as offered at the altar of St. Mary Magdalene's, Paddington, the vicar of which is also acknowledged in the book.

The book is available in two bindings, either green cloth with dustjacket or attractive illustrated French Wraps and also, interestingly, as a film strip in either interpolated 1662 (as this book) or 1549 Prayer Book order. It is a very charming little work, quite the best of its kind I have seen, and would make an interesting comparison with others of its kind (such as J.B. O'Connell's "A Simple Explanation of Low Mass" from the Catholic side. Copies tend to go for £10 and up and were quite hard to find until recently.

Available in both British and US editions.



The Day Hours of the Roman Breviary

A late version of the Day Hours of the Roman Breviary, rendered into English

The Day Hours of the Roman Breviary, published by Burns & Oates, Desclee & Co and Maison Mame in 1967, and edited by well-known American Catholic liturgist, Lancelot Shepherd. An excellent pocket edition of the day hours (i.e. all hours except Matins) of the traditional Roman breviary rendered into English. An intriguing and eclectic selection, featuring translations of the collects from the well-known Knox-Finberg "Missal in Latin and English", scripture lessons from the Catholicised Revised Standard Version, the Grail Psalter, commentaries and sanctoral from the French Day Hours and hymn translations by John Mason Neale!

Clearly intended for the British market, as witnessed by an appendix containing the obligatory feasts for England, Wales and Scotland, as well as the usual calendar and tables it features the proper of the season followed by the psalter and common of saints, followed by (interestingly), the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, office of the dead, gradual psalms, penitential psalms, and litany of the saints before the proper of saints is encountered. It benefits, in comparison with other breviaries of similar (or even larger) scope, by featuring graces before and after meals and prayers before a journey in addition to the more usual provisions.

An attractive volume in a smart black faux leather binding, which prays relatively well, good copies tend to go for £30-£50.



The Roman Ritual in English

Father Weller's classic

Fr Weller's famous edition of the Roman Ritual. The illustrated copy, which has a gilt blocked cover and spine, red edges, gold/red headbands, and ribbon marker features an interesting introduction covering the theology behind blessings, general rules concerning blessings, the seven penitential psalms, litany of the saints, Itinerarium and blessings after meals, together with blessings in Latin and English for:

Sundays and feastdays


places and objects designed for sacred purposes

"other irrational creatures" (undoubtedly my favourite heading!)

Recently reprinted by Preserving Christian Publications in the US, originals remain fairly rare.



Society of Saint Margaret - The Divine Office

A rare Anglican Monastic Breviary

Anglican breviaries of any kind are rare, and this is the first example of this particular example that I have ever seen. Printed for the Society of St Margaret, East Grinstead (the Mother house of the Order), by the Oxford University Press in 1953, it was produced in two volumes, one for Advent-Pentecost and one for Trinity to Advent. Each volumes comprised (at the core) a kalendar, ordinary and psalter, propers and commons of the season and the saints, together with extensive additional material including gradual and penitential psalms, litanies (of the saints, the Holy Name, the Sacred Heart, Our Lady, and Saint Joseph) an order for the commendation of a soul, graces, the Itinerary (an office for saying prior to embarking upon a journey) and a rather charming office for renewal of vows for use on retreats and so forth. Clearly closely following the Roman Breviary format, and drawn expressly from the roman Breviary as reformed by Pope Pius X, it offers a version of it for Anglican use in compact form (achieved in part by a reduction in the number of feasts observed, albeit with some addition of specifically British feasdts, and also by significant elimination of repetitious elements, which reduces the size of the book at the cost of more flipping between pages) and (of course) English throughout.

Particular points of note are the number of additional feasts of British saints included over and above those in the breviary (I count about fifteen at least, including Doubles of the First and Second Class respectively for Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop and Confessor (26 May) and Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, Martyrs (9 July)), the inclusion of Saint Margaret of Antioch (Patron of the society, double Feast of the First Class 20 July) in the Suffrage of the Saints and the (perhaps unsurprising) omission of the prayer for the Pope from the Preces. The layout is also interesting in that the Proper of the season which is set out by office rather than by day, so that Matins for Sunday through to Saturday is given, followed by Lauds in the same way, and so on. This layout, taken together with the decision not to use a single Ordinary section for each office (so that the Benedictus and Mag. are in the office for Sunday and the Prayers (Preces) in Lauds & Vespers II for Monday, and the provision of only one ribbon means that a great deal of searching is needed in the book! However, the office prays well and the English is is very fine, being a combination of scriptural texts from the Authorised Version, psalms from the Coverdale psalter and (I believe) the society's own translation of the rest. I greatly enjoyed praying it.

The Society itself (which is happily still in existence) was founded by Dr John Mason Neale in 1855 and has spread across the world. I understand that they at first used a version of the breviary offices drafted specially for them by Dr Neale from Sarum sources (I am fortunate enough to own one volume of the first of these "Night Offices of the Church" (1870-77)) and it is of interest to note this move to what appears to be a more Roman-influenced version (as witness offices such as that for Corpus Christi and the Precious Blood, together with the Roman classifications for feasts.).

This particular example is bound in black leather with the gilt crest of the order to front cover with banded spines, gilt edges and ribbons.

The Holy Liturgy of the Old Catholic Orthodox Church (The Apostolic Service Church)

A remarkable association copy of this unusual text

The Holy Liturgy and Other Rites (fifth edition, with the Propers) of the Old Catholic Orthodox Church (the Apostolic Service Church), signed by the Patriarch (James I, Universal Patriarch and Primate) himself! Some fascinating liturgical gems in here, including Avalon Day, Dominion Day, a feast to mark the foundation of the Royal Marines...

Deriving his episcopal orders from Old Catholic sources via Arnold Harris Mathew though consecration by Bishop F.S. Willoughby, Bishop James Bartholomew Banks served in the Artists' Rifles during the First World War, a formative experience which no doubt informed the rather unusual practices and beliefs of the church which he went on to form, and of which this is the service book. Always holding in great honour the sacrifice of those British soldiers who fell in the First World War, he described his church as "a LIVING MEMORIAL to our LOVED ONES who made the SUPREME SACRIFICE... [of] going 'OVER THE TOP' and sought its priests amongst present or former servicemen. It had a particular interest in spiritual healing, a focus on restating the faith "in terms of its relation to modern thought" (which did not preclude an appeal to the 'Ancient Christian' character of the doctrine of reincarnation), and designed its services to display significant richness and splendour, drawing on elements of the Liberal Catholic Rite, as this book bears witness. The military and patriotic character of the Church is also well illustrated by the feasts of the Calendar, from Anzac (25th April) to Zeebrugge (23rd April) Days, not forgetting Commonwealth and Empire Day (24th May), and (by way of a change of emphasis) the Feast of St. Tikhon (7th April.)

The Holy Liturgy (the eucharistic service) is an interesting sample. It commences with the Invocation of the Holy Trinity (n traditional form, although the use of Holy Spirit is interesting), proceeds with the Asperges with the appropriate Antiphon (Sprinkle me with hyssop...) and Psalm (121, I will lift up mine eyes...), versicles and responses, a prayer requesting God to "send down Thy holy Angel to be with Thy people..." . The Ordinary then commences with an Antiphon (I will go unto the Altar of God...), Canticle (I was glad...) (with Christ is our Foundation... and We are no more strangers and foreigners... as alternatives), further Versicles and Responses, a prayer described as the Confiteor, praying for pardon for shortcomings, with some pretty phraseology (our hearts are ever restless until they find their rest in Thee... unspotted mirror of Thy power...etc.) followed by an Absolution (priest first then congregation), an Incensing (prefaced by a hymn if the liturgy is sung), a fairly lengthy Introit (Proper or General - the latter in praise of the Trinity) and then the Ninefold Kyrie (expressly not translated from the original Greek (" they convey more warmth and beauty in the Greek than it is possible to give in translating them...") followed by the Gloria in an unusual rendition which includes references to Jesus as "Lord God, Indwelling Light" amongst other phrases, including at least one very reminiscent of the Wisdom one of the "Great O" antiphons. The Collects (including the classic Prayer Book "Almighty God, unto Whom all hearts be open...") were succeeded by the Epistle, Gradual (general or appointed) and then the Munda Cor Meum followed by the Gospel, Credo (in a form which includes a characteristic reference to Jesus as "alone-begotten", omits a reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the section dealing with the Incarnation but inserts a reference to looking through "reincarnation to the perfection of all men") and Sermon. The Offertorium (a pleasant, apparently original composition) is followed by the Oblation of the Elements, a further Incensing (with another pretty reference to the holy Angels) a Lavabo commencing "I will wash my hands in Innocency...", the Orate Fratres, followed by a prayer relating the "creatures of bre+ad and wi+ne" to "our souls and bodies" as "A holy and continual sacrifice unto Thee." The Sursum Corda then takes place with a Preface (the General Preface containing the familiar "It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty..."), and the Sanctus and Benedictus introducing the Canon. The Canon itself commenced with a prayer to "rec+eive, to pur+ify and to hal+low this oblation", offering it for "Thy Church", "Rulers, Princes and Governors (including "JAMES our UNIVERSAL PATRIARCH-ARCHBISHOP and SOVEREIGN PRIMATE") together with those in trouble, and those "whom it hath pleased Thee to deliver from the burden of the flesh", followed by a prayer for the invocation of the Holy Spirit over the elements (in the familiar "ble+ss, appr+ove and rat+ify" form) completed by the words of Institution (in a slightly unfamiliar firm with reference to the "new and eternal settlement" rather than "testament") A hymn then follows with a further prayer of anamnesis and offering, coupled with a prayer for "Thy servant who ministers at this altar", to sanctify "Thy people here present" through "these mysteries", closed by the Lord's Prayer. The Commemoration of the Saints opened with thanks for "the wonderful grace and virtue declared in the holy Lady Mary, Mother of Jesus" and then proceeded to the Commixture combine with the Prayer for Peace ("passed from one to another in the sanctuary"and then the salutation repeated by the last recipient, with outstretched arms, to the congregation), a further prayer, a version of the Comfortable Words, administration of the sacrament (on the tongue, with scope for intinction), Ablutions with an attractive prayer to the Lord to be made more like him "now have we communion with Thee...", a Communio ("Blessing, and Glory and Wisdom..." - a prayer for the "Light to guide us along the paths of wisdom and truth"), Post-Communio (for help for those "whom Thou refreshest with Thy Sacraments" to "advance more and more towards spiritual perfection" and Blessing and dismissal in traditional form, together with traditional Last Gospel, closing with (P.) "The Liturgy is ended, let us go forth in peace" (R.) "To the greater glory of God and the benefit of humanity. Amen."

The book itself is a solid production, well bound with a gilt blocked cover featuring the handsome primatial achievement of arms, a product of the Chapel River Press of Andover.



A Manual of Catholic Devotion for Members of the Church of England

A marvellous SSPP-influenced Vademecum for all Anglo-Catholics!

The Manual of Catholic Devotion is a charming pocket size liturgical resource, containing everything the Catholic-minded Anglican could need for attendance on the eucharist and daily prayer. Found in a variety of bindings, the leather-bound editions with ribbon markers generally command a premium. First published by the Church Literature Association in 1950, it ran to seven editions, the last of which was published in 1969.

The Manual is comprehensive, containing devotions (daily, penitential, for various occasions and for the Christian Year), meditations according to a variety of Catholic forms, the Mass (under the heading "eucharistic devotions") in interpolated Book of Common Prayer form featuring the elegant Mass propers from the Anglican Missal, the divine service in the traditional BCP form with the addition of select Vespers (BVM, Blessed Sacrament, of the Dead) and Compline, plus litanies and the traditional BCP psalter. From the fifth edition (of 1960) it included the Pius XII reformed rites of Holy Week, and the later editions also reflected the developing liturgical forms with the inclusion of Series I and II communion rites.

It was put out by the renowned Church Literature Association, the publishing arm of Lord Halifax's Church Union, combining the resources of the Society of Saint Peter and Saint Paul's (another Anglo-Catholic name to conjure with!) Sarum/1549 Prayerbook-influenced Anglican Missal with traditional Roman Catholic devotions, meditations, litanies and divine office* and with the classical Anglican forms of prayer and services of Mattins and Evensong.

Contents includes the ordinary and proper of the Mass from the Anglican Missal, daily devotions and devotions for various occasions, graces, devotions for the Christian year (including the Way of the Cross), litanies, four methods of meditation, penitential meditations, eucharistic devotions and divine service/the divine office in both Anglican and Catholic forms (Mattins, Athanasian Creed, Litany and Evensong from the Anglican tradition and Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Compline and Vespers (including Vespers of Our Lady, of the Dead and of the Blessed Sacrament) from the Roman Catholic tradition.)

*including the "little hours" of Prime, Terce, Sext and None, omitted from later editions and so rare

Prices vary, but expect to pay between £15 and £40 for a good example. (The one illustrated sold at auction for £16.99.)



The Holy Communion and Other Services

A handsome traditional Anglican Altar Book/Missal, showing clear signs of having been used at the Altar

A fairly typical example of this format of Book of Common Prayer Altar Book, in small Altar or large pew size. Fairly comprehensive coverage of Anglican (non-Choir) services including the Order of Holy Communion, orders for Confirmation, Solemnisation of Matrimony, and the Churching of Women, plus the Accession Service.

This particular example is of black grained leather, in a solid ruled binding with spine bands, and features a ribbon, gilt edges, together with attractive gold ruled and marbled endpapers, and is rubricated throughout. It is rather careworn, being somewhat cocked and spine separated from front cover for about 2" at top edge. There is also some bleeding from red gilt edges onto paper, and the text block is separated at the Communion Service, with clear signs of use (edges grubbied) here and at the Solemnisation of Matrimony. The references to King George in the Communion Service have been hand altered to Elizabeth in black ink/red indelible, producing some offsetting. There is also a preserved spider stuck between the pages at the Third Sunday in Advent!

Copies are available in a variety of formats and conditions, those with better quality bindings, in good condition, or with interpolations of an Anglo-Catholic nature being more valuable.





Yet more acquisitions

I seem to be hitting a lucky patch at the moment, thanks to the excellent Alan and Margaret Edwards and to a lucky find on Amazon (of which more anon.) Thanks to Alan and Margaret, I have the following splendid additions to the collection, all at very reasonable prices, to boot:

Richard H Ritter on The Arts of the Church (a nice hardback, with dustjacket, discussing the service which art, broadly defined, can render to worship in the church);

A nice copy of Bishop Frere's 1928 edition "The Principles of Religious Ceremonial" (the Mowbray's blue cloth cover has that charming toning at the spine where the blue has faded to grey); and, vying for first place in my affections:

A sound 1924 copy of Cuthbert Atchley's "The Parish Clerk and his Right to Read the Liturgical Epistle", in its classic and unmistakeable Alcuin Club binding from the library of no less an "English Use" luminary than the English ecclesiologist Ernest Hemitage Day, including his handsome armorial book plate; and

A fine edition, in dustjacket, of The Holy Liturgy and Other Rites with the Propers Authorised for use in The Old Catholic Orthodox Church (The Apostolic Service Church) of Lord Patriarch Banks, fifith edition, signed by the Patriarch himself! As one who has an interest in episcopi vagantes matters, I was particularly delighted with this! (See image and entry above.)

More recently I have also been able to pick up the Clement O. Skilbeck-illustrated booklet "The Vestments", Fr Martindale's "The Mind of the Missal", a sound slip-cased copy of Finberg & O'Connell's "The Missal in Latin & English", what appears to be a New Old Stock copy of the seminal "The Church Visible" and two books I have been looking for for a long time - J.B. O'Connell's "Rubrics of the Roman Breviary and Missal" and the same author's translation of the Roman Martyrology - the latter, to my great surprise, in my local Oxfam shop.

More excellent Catholic and Anglo-Catholic books on Amazon

New Acquisitions!

Some great Catholic books

Great excitement when I got home today as a parcel was waiting on the hall table, containing the following five books courtesy of the estimable Louis Hemmings:

A sound Catholic Book Club edition of P.F. Anson's "The Benedictines of Caldey" - the story of the corporate reception of this Anglican Benedictine Foundation into the Catholic Church;

A nice copy of "Catholic Liturgy - Its Fundamental Principles" by the learned Benedictine Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, translated by a Benedictine of Stanbrook;

What promises to be a very interesting collection of essays on the Dissolution, Reformation and late Catholic Engliand by Abbot Gasquet entitled "The Last Abbot of Glastonbury and Other Essays";

A good copy, with dustjacket, of Josef Jungmann's "Public Worship", in an English printing;

and, lastly

A rather handsome, if ex.-lib., copy of Nesta de Robeck's "The Christmas Crib", a little out of season now, but interesting nevertheless!

Reviews when I get around to reading them all!



Sarum Missal texts and translations

The first generally available publication of the Sarum Missal was that produced by Rev. G.H. Forbes/Dickinson in 1861, the Missale ad Usum Insignis Ecclesie Sarum generally known as the Burntisland Missal (after its place of publication) Taken from the printed edition of 1526, collated with other texts, it was entirely in Latin, and was translated into English by A. Harford Pearson in 1868, under the title of The Sarum Missal in English. This version, in a reprinted edition, is available via Amazon. A second edition, The Sarum Missal done into English, A. Harford M.A. B.C.L., second edition revised and enlarged, was issued by The Church Printing Company, London, in 1884. It seems to be a little rarer that the first. Its 615 pages include the general rubrics of the Missal, essays on Low and High Mass, a Kalendar, propers for the seasons and of the saints), prayers and thanksgivings, the ordinary and canon of the mass, and provision for votive masses, masses for the dead, and benedictions, as well as various appendices.

It was then followed in 1911 by a revised translation by F.E. Warren, which I believe drew heavily on Pearson, and was published in two volumes, handsomely bound in scarlet cloth by the famous Alexander Moring Ltd., De La More private press for the Library of Liturgiology and Ecclesiology for English Readers, also under the title The Sarum Missal in English. From this it might be inferred that the latter is slightly better, but the only comparison I have read suggests that the differences are of little significance. It includes an introduction, a calendar, the blessing of water and of salt, the asperges, a blessing of bread, prayers before Mass, the Ordinary & Canon of the Mass, thanksgiving after Mass, Prayers in prostration, prayers after Mass, the proper of seasons, the common of saints, various masses, and glossary, etc.

It too is now available as a modern reprint.

At around the same time as the Warren translation, an abbreviated version of the Missal "done into English and Abridged" was released, under the title The Sarum Missal: Missale Ad Usum Insignis Et Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarum. It was published anonymously but I associate it with Herbert George Morse, author of the rather charming Sarum-influenced "Notes on Ceremonial according to the Antient English Office Books." This is basic (it lacks the huge numbers of propers and rubrical details in the other books) but sufficient.

Probably the most scholarly edition, again entirely in Latin, is that of Dr J.W. Wickham Legg, produced in 1916, handsomely bound in blue cloth at the Clarendon Press, Oxford. It was taken from a number of early (mostly thirteenth century) manuscripts and thus represents a good indication of the shape of the Sarum Rite at an earlier stage. In this respect it is unlike the earlier Burntisland version (together with the Pearson and Warren English translations which derive from it) which depended on printed Missals for their texts, and thus represent the Sarum Rite at a late stage. This edition contains an interesting preface by Dr Legg, a collated calendar, Missal ([farced kyries?], exorcism of water, salt, proper of the time, [prayers before Mass?], Order of Mass, proper of saints, common of saints, masses for the dead) and Sequences, together with appendices containing some additional Masses, variant calendars and an extensive liturgical index. First printed in 1916, it was reprinted circa 1970.

Of these, the first two English editions are readily available, the Pearson from Wipf & Stock/Kessinger Publications whilst the Warren was an expensive made-to-order reprint (£75+ per volume) but is now coming down in price having been picked up by one or more budget reprinters. Original copies of either command prices of £100-400. The Burntisland Missal is harder to find but turns up occasionally. The abridged Missal was reprinted in the 1980s/90s by Curzon and others but is now out of print. It is fairly readily available through the used book services although patience and/or luck will be required to get a copy for under £30. The Wickham Legg is quite expensive in either edition.

Interesting Amazon listings

A selection of interesting, rare or well-priced editions of classic works, for your consideration...

The Order of Divine Service

A Congregational Minister's unique Missal, Breviary and Ritual all in one!

The Order of Divine Service for Public Worship

The Administration of the Sacraments and other rites and ceremonies and a selection from the daily offices compiled from ancient and modern devotions

together with an abridged and reviser psalter and canticles pointed for chanting

Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London


Dr William Orchard, former Minister of the King's Weigh House Chapel and later Catholic priest, was the author of this unique little work. Amongst its distinguishing features are not less than ten orders in total for morning and evening prayer (one of which includes the Divine Praises, two orders for Holy Communion - one of which interpolates Roman and Orthodox material with classic forms (such as the Prayer of Humble Access) from the Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion alongside extempore prayer - abbreviated forms of Vespers, Compline and Prime, Tenebrae, numerous litanies, baptism, marriage and burial services and his own revised version of the BCP psalter.

Of particular interest is the second, main, eucharistic order in the book, which appears to be based on a Western framework owing debts to both the BCP and the Missal framework, with extensive interpolations from a huge range of liturgical sources ranging from the liturgy of S. James, through the Roman Missal (via the Gelasian and Gregorian Sacramentaries) to the work of Vagante Bishop Ulric Vernon Herford, including such gems cum quirks of arrangement as the use of the The Deum before the communion as an alternative to the Creed and the Nunc Dimittis after!

From this it will be clear that The Order of Divine Service is effectively a combined breviary, missal and psalter of a distinctively "Catholic" kind - though drawing heavily on the Book of Common Prayer for material and structure - produced for free church use. It is open to question whether he used it himself in his King's Weigh House chapel, or whether - as sources apparently suggest - something more "extreme" and Missal-esque was favoured, with this book then being a more moderate version designed to find favour with its target audience, who might be more receptive to the structure of the Book of Common Prayer.

It undoubtedly did have some use in Non-conformist circles - I recently came into possession of a copy previously belonging to a Congregational Minister, the amount of wear on which shews that he at least must have used it fairly extensively (although principally for marriages and burials, it appears!) How widespread its use was other than that is open to question and I would welcome any elucidations on this point.

A typical selling price for copies in good condition appears to be around £30 at the moment, but diligent searching should unearth copies for significantly less. It is certainly worth adding to any liturgical library.



The Parson's Handbook, Pocknee Version

A respectful update of this seminal work by a Dearmer pupil

The Parson's Handbook

The work of Percy Dearmer

Practical Directions for parsons and others according to the Anglican Use, as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer on the basis of the twelfth edition by Percy Dearmer, D.D.

Revised and rewritten by Cyril E. Pocknee A.K.C., D.Th., F.S.A.

Thirteenth edition

London, Oxford University Press


The last of the "regular" (as opposed to modern) reprints of Dearmer's classic Parson's Handbook was issued by the Oxford University Press in 1960, by which time it was undoubtedly showing its age. It was against the background of the onset of liturgical reform in both the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions that Cyril Pocknee, a former pupil of Dr Dearmer's and a sympathiser with his liturgical principles, determined to revise and reissue the Parson's Handbook for the new world. The book itself is slimmer, the prose less Edwardian, the anti-Roman and anti-Western Use comments less pointed, and the historical material less copious, but perhaps more surely handled.

Notwithstanding the total rewrite, many Dearmerisms survived, and the reader familiar with the original version will readily spot them. There are differences of emphasis as well of course; surpliced choirs advocated in Pocknee contra Dearmer, whilst Pocknee abandons Dearmer's side altar offertory procession with veiled elements in favour of preparation at the credence or (a nod to the Liturgical Movement, no doubt) a people's offertory procession. Overall Pocknee uses the historical evidence with a lighter (surer?) hand - which may be purely stylistic but might equally reflect the fact that he is an expert, having written interesting works of his own on liturgical vesture and the cross in art and architecture, rather than (as Dearmer was) a populariser.

The book commences with a useful introduction that puts the Sarum Rite into its proper, Northern European as opposed to insular, context and sets the tone for what is to follow, where Pocknee discusses the changes in Sunday observance and the need for liturgical reform in a level-headed manner. He then goes on to discuss liturgical principles, which in this context largely means the common ceremonial observances and features of the liturgy, such as gestures, postures, settings, &c. A natural association of ideas then leads to some practical chapters on the furnishings of the altar, chancel and church. Vestments and vestures are the next area of concern, with attention paid not just to the dress of the clergy but also of the acolytes and choir. Pontificalia is also mentioned, with due, if critical, reference to the use of pectoral crosses and to the use of rochets and chimeres in confirmation. The sections on the ornaments of the church (meaning the liturgical requisities of the altar, fixed articles such as the font, and perishables such as flowers) follows - rather oddly, as it would seem to fit better with that on the furnishings of the church, but is dealt with succinctly and well. A short section on vestries then supervenes before the meat of the book is reached with sections on the liturgy, first Mattins and Evensong, and then the Holy Communion itself. The Holy Communion section commences with a general survey of relevant considerations (the section on fasting communion, for instance, is an interesting one) and then proceeds to give a detailed exposition of the elements of the rite. The book then closes with notes on the occasional offices of the church, the seasons, and a useful appendix of collects "for use in processions and on other occasions"

In essence, it is a very sensible handbook for any English Use priest seeking good advice on how to furnish his church, manage his parish and his relationships with the people in it, and offer the liturgy worthily and with respect both to the good things of the Liturgical Movement and ancient precedent.

Overall, it is an interesting work, and worthy of addition to any English Use collection. Expect to pay between £10 and £25 for a good copy with dustjacket.



The Divine Service of Holy Communion According to the Church of England

A charming Victorian communicant's manual by William Allen Whitworth, Vicar of ASMS

Just arrived today - a rather nice little pocket communicant's manual, bound up with "My Private Prayer Book." The binding is slim, largish pocket sized, in black grained and ruled cloth with an impressed cross patee to the cover. Inside, its 96 pages (plus another 16 for "My Private Prayer Book") contain the BCP texts of the Exhortation, the Holy Communion and the Introits, Collects, Epistles and Gospels throughout the year, plus readings from the Holy Scriptures with notes regarding their sacramental application. The schematic of the book is interesting, with the first two sections (Exhortation (entitled "the Warning") and the Holy Communion), being ruled horizontally, with detailed helps and considerationon the pages below. The Prayer Book Catholic bias of the book is revealed by the fact that these refer often to the 1549 Prayer Book and indeed contain some prayers from it. The Introits in the latter section and some of the lections also come from the same source. A charming little book. NB See my "interesting eBay listings" section below for a copy being auctioned at the moment.



Some Anglican Missals

A start on the promised article on Anglican Misals

In terms of missals for Anglican use, the main ones one finds are:

The English Missal (Knott)

The Anglican Missal (SSPP)

The American Missal

The Missal, being the Priest's edition of "The People's Missal," (E.A.L. Clarke, published 1920.)

The Altar Missal (published for the Society of St. John the Evangelist by Mowbray's, edited by Fr E.C. Trenholme.)

Altar Book containing the Order of Holy Communion According to the Use of the Church of England with Additions from the Sarum Missal edited by a committee of Priests. (A second and revised edition was produced in 1914.)

The English Liturgy (Dearmer)

These were all altar missals, supplemented by lay/pew editions, viz:

English Missal - English Missal for the Laity

Anglican Missal - People's Shorter Anglican Missal/Abridged Anglican Missal/People's Anglican Missal in the American edition

The Missal - The People's Missal (interestingly, published first, before the altar edition, in 1916)

There was no real pew version of the SSJE missal or the Altar Book that I am aware of.


Of these, I think that it is the case that the English Missal is the most faithful to the Roman Rite (containing that Rite in its entirety plus the BCP communion service), the American Missal is the most conservative in its use of non-Prayer Book materials, the Anglican Missal is most 1549, and the People's Missal is the most eclectic. The English Missal is the only one that was updated after the 1956 Roman Catholic Holy Week reforms of Pope Pius XII, in its final (fifth) edition, brought out in 1958. The Altar Missal and Altar Book were both heavily Sarum influenced whilst The English Liturgy was almost purely BCP with an admixture of authorised materials such as additional collects from diocesan and provincial sources.


Dalby (in his "Anglican Missals and their Canons") gives the first edition of "The Missale Anglicanum/English Missal" as 1912, the same year as the SSPP "Music of the Mass" (a forerunner of the "Anglican Missal.") This was followed by a second edition in 1923, incorporating some phrases from the SSPP translations featured in the Exeter Books (from which the 1921 "Anglican Missal" was compiled.) The third edition of the English Missal, brought out by Knott alone, appeared in 1934. Knott had acquired the title from Fr. Kenrick, the original promoter. In 1936 the first edition of the SSJE Altar Missal came out. 1939 saw the revision of the "Anglican Missal", with the fourth edition of the "English Missal" appearing in the following year. I believe that a further edition of the Anglican Missal came out in 1946, and a second edition of the Altar Missal, incorporating minor changes, in 1957. The fifth edition of the "English Missal" came out in 1958.

The English Missal for the Laity was produced in three editions, of 1933, 1949 and 1958 whilst the various pew editions of the Anglican Missal coincided roughly with the publication of the altar edition.

The English Missal and the English Missal for the Laity

The English Missal (also colloquially known as the Knott Missal) and the English Missal for the Laity, although both published by Knott, were actually slightly different books. The copyright for the English Missal proper, first published as a private venture, was acquired by Knott, whilst the copyright for the English Missal for the Laity remained with the original compiler and, as a result of this, a few minor variations resulted. The English Missal for the Laity (says Dalby) "was the personal venture of Fr Drew, who was soon to become Rector of Throwleigh in Devon, with Knott again acting as printer and selling copies on commission [as it had done with the English Missal proper prior to 1934]. Drew's translations were similar to those of the 1934 altar edition [e.g. the third edition of The English Missal], but sometimes he deviated from these so that, although both editions were clearly of the same "family", what the layman read in the pew was not always the same as what the priest was saying at the altar. As The English Missal for the Laity went into further editions, the ownership remained with Fr Drew and its translations continued to differ at some points from those in the altar book."

(Drew enters the picture as one of the committee which led an abortive attempt to design a new missal containing the best of the Missals, Anglican and English. This project unfortunately fell by the wayside, and led to Fr Kenrick, the author of the English Missal, (who was getting on in years) passing the copyright of The English Missal to Knott, resulting in the 1934 edition of the same. The collaboration's one arguable result was an improved set of translations in that edition, which Dalby suggests was due to the influence of the SSPP who favoured a more "literary" than literal style for translations from the Latin.)

The Anglican Missal family

The Anglican Missal, and its variants the People's Shorter Anglican Missal, An Abridged Anglican Missal (an expansion, by popular demand, of the People's Shorter Anglican Missal) and the Church Missonary Missal, were all produced by the Society of Ss Peter and Paul (SSPP). The selection of texts is slightly more eclectic and the translations more literary than in the English Missal - doubtless due in part to the influence of Fr Ronald Knox, author of the New Testament translation which I review below. Inter alia, the SSPP also functioned as a church furnisher in a small way and brought the world "Lambeth" incense and the "Ridley" votive candle stand!

The People's Anglican Missal was taken up in due course by the Frank Gavin Liturgical Foundation in the U.S., revised in conformity with the American Prayer Book and issued in an American edition - first in 1946 I think. This and the companion altar missal have been kept in print by the various continuing churches in the United States of America.

The Missal and People's Missal

The People's Missal and companion altar book The Missal were another private production, this time by the Rev. G.A.L. Clarke, an eclectic combination mixing in Ambrosian elements and Eastern as well.

The Altar Missal

The Altar Missal was published for the Society of St. John the Evangelist with that society's approbation by Mowbray's and edited by Fr E.C. Trenholme, who also produced the Society's Sarum-influenced "Hours of Prayer from Lauds to Compline." It came out in 1936 and a second edition with minor changes followed in 1957. Amongst its more interesting features was the inclusion of the South African communion service. (A copy of this is currently auctioning on eBay - see below.)

The English Liturgy

Edited by Percy Dearmer, The English Liturgy was an adamantly Prayer Book Catholic work , containing the Prayer Book communion service only, unaltered, with only such additional matter (collects etc.) as had Anglican sanction.


The Parson's Handbook

Dr Dearmer's monumental guide to everything a Prayer Book Catholic parson could want to know

This is probably the most interesting work in the Prayer Book Catholic canon. It is a complete guide to the decoration, organisation, furnishing, staffing and management of a church in accordance with the "English Use," together with extensive details of the ceremonial attached to that Use, all put forward in Dr Dearmer's inimitably didactic style, and extensively illustrated with plates taken from mediaeval, early modern and modern sources. Carefully researched and full of in depth discussion and direction, it repays careful and attentive reading, even if one is not disposed to agree with all of the opinions there expressed. Dr Dearmer, as befits of Professor of Ecclesiastical Art, was obviously deeply interested in matters relating to art and craftsmanship and never slow in forming an aesthetic judgement, which comes across very plainly in this, arguably his greatest work.

Having been in print semi-continuously from its first publication in 1899 to the reissue of the twelfth edition in 1960 (leaving aside Cyril Pocknee's thirteenth edition of 1965, which is worthy of separate consideration), this should not be a terribly rare book, yet even after being the subject of a modern reprint very recently, it remains sought after, largely because of its classic status. Published in Britain by Grant Richards and Humphrey Milford for the OUP, and in the US by the Young Churchman Co., the Humphrey Milford editions in their blue cloth are substantially the more attractive of the UK editions, but do not attract a particular premium for this. Any edition would be worthwhile to acquire - the first of 1899 in particular, of course - but for utility, editions from the sixth (which I understand includes greatly expanded notes on the use of incense) onwards are particularly worth seeking out. The availability of reprint editions for between £15-£25 has probably affected the market for originals a little, although typical prices from booksellers appear to have rallied in the last year. In this climate, buyers should expect to pay from £25 up for a sound copy.


Through the Veil Communion Book

A classic devotional help for young Anglo-Catholics

Thank you to Father Scott Moncrieff for drawing this charming little work to my attention!

A paperback in bluish-green card wraps, and only thirty-two pages long, it contains the text of the Anglican Communion service with minor Roman Catholic interpolations (ninefold Kyrie, Benedictus, Agnus Dei, Last Gospel), heavily interlaced with explanatory and didactic text plus devotional meditations of surprising complexity and depth. Published and printed by the Faith Press, this material is accompanied by a series of charming and colourful illustrations by W.Lawson exemplifying the various stages of the Mass in a style which mixes faithful representations of churches decorated in the best "If it ain't Baroque - fix it" manner (albeit with vestments in the Gothic shape, interestingly enough) with devotional images such as the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove at the Prayer of Consecration. Not the least charming aspect of these is that the artist has taken the opportunity to feature vestments of a different liturgical colour in each illustration, thus allowing a glimpse of this particular aspect of the Sacrifice of the Mass and of the Church's year.

The Faith Press also put out an interesting series of postcards which reproduce some (but not all) of the charming illustrations of the book (with a few additions.) Two of these are reproduced in the photograph above. The illustration on the front cover is by T. Noyes-Lewis*, who also contributes a number of other black and white illustrations of great charm throughout the book.

Both Noyes-Lewis and William Lawson feature in Dom Anselm Hughes' account of the Catholic Movement in the Church of England "Rivers of the Flood"; Noyes-Lewis designed stamps for the Faith Press, which were given out to children for attendance at Mass or at Catechism, whilst Lawson was his pupil (when not in the Army). Lawson later ran the Faith Craft-Studio on behalf of the Society of the Faith, a companion subsidiary of the Faith Press.

I had not previously been aware of this work and therefore suspect it to be fairly rare (possibly because its target market and relatively insubstantial nature meant that fewer copies survived); certainly it would be well worth the effort of hunting out.

*NOT Hayes-Lewis as I had previously read it!

The Anglo-Catholic Prayer Book

The Anglo-Catholic Prayer Book (Darton, Longman, Todd 1963 reprint) is a small palm-sized hardback, pp 384, bound in burgundy imitation morocco. Generously provided with prayers, Mass and communion devotions, Requiem Mass, visits and devotions to the Blessed Sacrament, Litanies, Way of the Cross (Stations), Vespers and Little Hours, Novenas, instructions for Serving at Mass (with extensive Roman Rite interpolations from the Canon of the Mass) etc. A real classic of Anglo-Catholic devotion and a comprehensive devotional manual. Interestingly, and unlike some other books of its ilk, the main Mass Rite is the Interim Canon, with the Gelasian Canon relegated to the back of the book (but with appropriate page references in the main text.)


The Catholic Religion

Vernon Staley's classic Manual of instruction for members of the Anglican Communion

First published in 1893 and remaining in print until the 1960s, this exemplary Prayer Book Catholic exposition of the traditional Anglican faith was a classic of its time, so much so that it enjoyed the rare distinction of being revised and updated (in a notably sensitive manner) for reissue in time for the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Oxford Movement.

The book is arranged in three sections - The Church of God, The Church in England, and The Faith and Practice of the Church (plus two useful appendices on sacramental confession and Vincent of Lerins' classic definition of orthodoxy) - in which it seeks to give the enquirer a complete conspectus of all of the essential aspects of the Catholic faith as received and taught in the Church of England. Its sweep covers everything from the foundation of the Church and the Ministry, through the Reformation, Anglican Orders, and the Creeds, to prayer and worship.

The author, Vernon Staley was chaplain to a house of the Sisters of Mercy at Clewer, where he met Canon T.T. Carter (he of Treasury of Devotion fame, author of the original preface to the first edition of this volume.) Later Staley became provost of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Episcopal Church of Scotland and a noted and prolific author of Anglo-Catholic materials from a High Church/"Prayer Book Catholic" perspective, including the classic Library of Liturgiology and Ecclesiology for English Readers as well as many lesser works on liturgy, such as the delightful Ceremonial of the English Church. This volume reflects his preoccupations, with a balanced exposition of Anglicanism from a Catholic, yet firmly Prayer Book-centred and anti-Papal, perspective

Completing 278,000 copies by the time this thirtieth edition was published in 1983, the book has been released in a number of guises - I personally have seen, in addition to the paperback illustrated, a cheap paperback edition, a 1961 edition in blue cloth and, by far the most attractive, an early edition in red cloth, gold embossed. Appearing sadly undervalued, it should be possible to pick up a later edition for a matter of a few pounds, though the earlier ones are certainly worth seeking out for the quality of their presentation.

Heyday of Anglo-Catholicism: 1936 edition 'Catholic Prayers for Church of England People'

Catholic Prayers for Church of England People Originally compiled by Fr A H Stanton and Rev E A Harris, St Alban's, Holborn Knott, 1936 This 1936 edition includes minor changes and additional material viz Vespers of the Blessed Sacrament, Litanies of the Sacred Heart & St Joseph, additional information on fasting and abstinence, notes on meditation and fuller directions for the sacrament of penance. Its Mass is the 1662 Rite with Roman additions, and is similar to the Rite in the Faith Press' The English Catholic Prayer Book, albeit with more Catholic interpolations specific to the priest, such as the incense prayers, and, after the offertory, the comparable Roman prayers (with a version also supplied for the congregants as a private devotion).

The Warham Guild Handbook - Historical & Descriptive Notes on 'Ornaments of the Church & of the M

Furnish your Church the Dearmer way!

Published by the Guild itself, this extensively illustrated handbook is in many ways a prospectus for the work and aims of the Guild, combining much information (arranged alphabetically by subject, from Academic Hoods to Wafer Bread) with advice as to how the Guild and its skilled craftsmen ecclesiologists could assist in furnishing churches in the best possible (English) manner. Percy Dearmer (of Parson's Handbook fame) was heavily involved in the work of the Guild and his fingerprints are all over the text of the handbook, to the extent that it would be unsurprising to learn that he wrote it all himself, although an interesting article from Anglican Bibliopole paper 12 states that the Handbook "owed much to both Dearmer and Eeles, but it was finally drafted by T. W. Squires of Oxford". Certainly Dearmer's favoured stylistic tics, including a profound dislike of the ecclesiastical use of brass (coming out in the entry on Memorial Tablets) and of trousers for men of all things (alluded to in the article on Surplices and Cassocks for Choristers) are present, as well as the expected wholehearted support for the English Use (which is the subject of one of the opening pages of the handbook.)

Whoever the author(s) may have been, it is to their credit that the fact that the handbook is as much a prospectus as a dispassionate guide to church furnishings is not particularly intrusive and in no way devalues the wealth of information presented.

Simply presented in cardboard covers with grey french wraps, with 73 illustrations (black and white photographic plates shewing a range of examples of the Guild's work in the fields of wood, metal- and stone-work and embroidery plus practical articles such as sick call sets) this first edition (the second, 1963 Cyril Pocknee edition, I understand to have been a hardback) is a handsome production, highly recommended for any English Use library, or for anyone with an interest in English church furnishings. English Use material seems to be trading at something at a discount at the moment, so this might be an excellent time to add to your collection.

Late-period Anglo-Catholic classic: Faith Press' compendious 'The English Catholic Prayer Book'

The English Catholic Prayer Book

The Faith Press, no date but post-1952 (ownership inscription dated August 1956)

Small hardback, dark blue imitation leather cloth, gilt spine titles, blind-embossed cross to front cover. All edges gilt. One ribbon. Three parts bound together, Pp 378, 576, 128. Usual wear to spine edges. No obvious foxing.

Bound-up (as part 2) with the full text of the Book of Common Prayer plus a section on Family Prayers, the ECPB includes extensive provision in its first part for prayers, litanies and devotion, and in its third part provides additional collects, epistles and gospels and provision for particular Holy Days (Candlemas, Ash Wednesday, Goo Friday, etc). The Book offers three Rites, one entitled "Attendance at Mass", the 1549 Rite, and the 1662 Rite. The first of these is the 1662 Rite with Roman additions, and is similar to the Rite in the earlier Catholic Prayers for Church of England People, although interestingly it contains references to differences of order in the 1549 Rite, which 'Catholic Prayers' does not. Rites given in both books begin with Prayers at the foot of the Altar and make provision for an introit (earlier in ECPB than in Catholic Prayers) and have the Gloria after the Commandments (or, in the case of the ECPB, after the optional Summary of the Law or Kyries), and prior to the Collects. In the ECPB, the Roman offertory prayers are turned into private devotions for the congregants, although presupposing that the equivalent prayers are used by the priest. In both books the Prayer for the Church is followed by the Short Exhortation, Confession and Absolution and the Comfortable Words. In the ECPB this is optionally followed by the Prayer of Humble Access ('Prayer of Address' in the book). Next comes the Preface (with addition of 'the Lord be with you' from Roman practice) the Sanctus and (interpolated) Benedictus (which, in 'Catholic Prayers', is followed by the Prayer of Humble Access.) Interestingly, in this section immediately prior to the Consecration, both books provide two private prayers for the congregant, beginning with the Eastern 'Let all mortal flesh keep silence'. Then follow the Roman Rite prayers ('Therefore, O Most Merciful Father', 'Be mindful, O Lord', 'Communicating with', 'We therefore beseech thee' and 'Which oblation') preceding the 1662 consecration; then additional prayers from the Canon of the Mass (or, optionally, the BCP Prayer of Oblation, as in 'Overall's Canon'/'the Interim Rite') follow, leading into the Our Father. Prior to the Our Father, optional provision is made for the Prayer of Oblation (if not said earlier - in ECPB this is printed in double columns with the equivalent Roman Rite prayers) or Thanksgiving, and the Gloria (ditto). The Fraction, Commixture, Pax, Agnus Dei, Communion and dismissal follow. The whole is followed by the Last Gospel and Prayers after Low Mass.


The St. Swithun's Prayer Book

The genesis of this charming little book is well described in the following extract:

"The Monahan brothers [Alfred and Wiliam] compiled a Prayer Book which was named after the parish, 'St. Swithun's Prayer Book'. Its main object was to teach the Seven Sacraments, and it contained preparation and wording for Confession, and prayers of preparation and thanksgiving for Communion. It also contained devotions to the Blessed sacrament and the order of the service of Benediction with the Litanies of The Sacred Heart and Our Lady.

Much of this was frowned upon by the Bishop, so when Alfred left in 1912 to become Vicar of St. Mary's, Monmouth, William let him take the sale and distribution of St. Swithun's Prayer book with him. It has since been known all over the World. Alfred Monahan later brought out St. Hugh's Prayer Book, the Centenary Prayer Book, and the Anglo Catholic Prayer Book which includes the Stations of the Cross, and the Rosary." (Source: "THE MINISTRY OF WILLIAM BEATTIE MONAHAN," in the Father Monahan Archive of Old Saint Martin in the Cornmarket, Worcester)

As befits such a popular book (my own particular copy states that it is in the 500th thousand) it was brought out in a number of editions and variants, including a version bound up with the English Hymnal and a companion volume called the St. Swithun's Lent Manual.

My own copy is 32mo, bound in maroon cloth and evidently cost 1/9 when new! It is marked as being available from the C.L.A. (Church Literature Association.) As the publishing arm of the influential Anglo-Catholic pressure group the Church Union, the C.L.A. was in a good position to promote publications such as this, which might in part explain the development of the St. Swithun's Prayer Book from a purely local production to one with international recognition in Anglo-Catholic circles. (The young Colin Stephenson evidently used it extensively during his formative years and refers to it in Merrily on High, his charming autobiography, on a number of occasions.)

It is also a part-work, as evidenced by the fact that each part has a contents page, part I (pp5-128) being concerned with general prayers and the sacraments, and part II (pp130-254) with Requiem Masses, litanies, and vespers. Part III, which my copy does not feature, appears to contain the various Propers of the season and of the Saints, and possibly the Commons as well.

The Anglo-Catholic bent of the book is clearly signalled by the provision of separate sections for attending Mass (clearly envisaging non-communicating attendance) and for the Holy Communion itself, the latter stressing the traditional Catholic requirement of fasting communion. The sections regarding the Canon itself are quite flexible and applicable to a range of Anglo-Catholic churchmanships below fully-fledged Anglo-Papalism, offering a choice between fairly straight BCP (1662) plus some basic rearrangement and interpolations on the one hand or the Interim Rite/Overall's Canon (the use of the Prayer of Oblation immediately after the consecration) on the other. There is a significant presence of interpolated elements from the Roman Gelasian Canon; the translation is not identical to that of the English Missal (Knott) but substantially similar, more so than to that of the Society of Saint Peter & Paul's Anglican Missal.

The St. Swithun's Prayer Book appears to have a quasi-legendary status in certain Anglo-Catholic circles and is consequently both sought-after and expensive but well worth acquiring, as much as a devotional aid as a collector's piece.

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Merrily on High

A first edition of Colin Stephenson's classic Anglo-Catholic memoir

This book is one of the all-time Anglo-Catholic greats, expecially if you like your anecdotes spiced with a liberal sprinkling of humour! If you have come across a good Anglo-Catholic anecdote before (and there are many - the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Anglican church seems to breed "characters" like nobody's business for some reason) then the chances are that it was either originated or referenced here.

The author was an Anglican priest of long standing, with a ministry inspired by his boyhood in Fr Wagner's Anglo-Catholic Brighton, grown at a "Full Western" theological college, and which took in the roles of naval chaplain and priest of "the highest church in Oxford" before ending up at the great Anglican shrine at Walsingham, there to become both a guardian under the great Fr Alfred Hope Patten, and then warden on that luminary's demise.

Here, then, you can read of Fr Stephenson's time in the Navy (including his interview with HM the King on his mozetta-like academic hood worn at the fleet review, his time at the "highest church in Oxford", his experiences with many of the luminaries of the Anglo-Catholic movement in the first half of the twentieth century and his visit, once he had become Warden of the Walsingham Shrine, to His Holiness Pope John XIII when that saintly man expressed the wish that his blessing should descend upon all those who visited the Anglican Shrine "not as one exerting authority but in all humility."

On my third (or possibly fourth?) rereading I can confirm that it is both unassuming, informative and, in places, wickedly funny!

Regarding collectability, as with other like books, it is a moot point as to how the recent Canterbury Press reprint of this title has affected the secondhand market for this item, although it seems intitutively likely that it has depressed it somewhat. Reprint editions are inevitably somewhat bland I find (leaving aside the relative weakness and lack of longevity of the paperback format as compared to hardback) and solid hardbacks in dustjacket, such as the one illustrated (believed to be a first edition), can often be found at auction for under ten pounds. Sellers and those with copies already in their collection can hope that as time wears on, prices will rally somewhat, whilst buyers can take advantages of bargains to be had in the meantime.


English Liturgical Colours

Hope & Atchley's definitive guide to pre-Reformation liturgical colours and their use

English Liturgical Colours by William Henry St. John Hope and Edward Godfrey Cuthbert Frederick Atchley

With coloured frontispiece and a bibliography

SPCK 1918

For those interested in the pre-Reformation colour sequences of the English church and the type of vestments and furnishings in use at this time, this book can be said to be a must-have. Described at the time as a "complete account of all the available evidence by the greatest specialists on the subject", even allowing for pardonable exaggeration on the part of the publishers, the work is still as far as I know definitive, and certainly remarkably compendious. The one colour plate is a fine one and the text dense with many tables of colours culled from a wide variety of contemporary sources illustrating the range and type of sequences and applying and exploring the meaning and use of different colours, some familiar, others less so. Beginning aptly with a review of the state of scholarship in the field at the time of writing, it goes on to establish a basis for discussion by listing the range of colours in use, the sources from which the references verifying these were culled, and what a "vestment" might mean, pausing to illustrate the early Middle Ages practice of designating sets of vestments for partcular days, not on the basis of colour,as we are now accustomed to, but on the basis of "best"; often therefore with no correlation to what we would consider appropriate. The speculation that some of the more "interesting" designs (rayed, diced, shot and the like) could derive from benefactors leaving their clothes and drapery to the church for conversion into vestments is also an interesting one and, it seems to me, well-founded, as is the proposal that the entry of some of the more outlandish colour references into the Edwardine inventories was down to the use of gentry as commissioners, who would not necessarily be accustomed to the more standard nomenclature.

Amongst the gems we find thus are tawny, horseflesh, liver colour and popinjay (yellow-green), to add to glaucous (bluish-white), green purple, crane colour and plunket (both of the latter seeming to be blue or grey variants.)

The base thus laid, the authors then go on to explore in depth, with extensive reference to the sources, the provision of colours for the main days in the liturgical kalendar and sanctoral, finishing with a table which sets out a conceptual English Colour Sequence, accompanied by rich and detailed appendices and, not the least useful thing in the book, a detailed glossary and index containing explanations of many of the more abstruse terms used. The Scottish Church is not left out entirely, either, with a short reference also!

Very much the text for the scholar, a complementary "Introduction to English Liturgical Colours" for the layman was also produced, and is almost as sought-after and valuable.

The volume itself is a handsome and large hardback, its dark bluish cloth binding dignified by the addition of a bevelled-edge, the classic SPCK gilt spine title, and the top edge of the text block done out in gilt. Unusually, the copy I have comes with its original dustjacket, sound if lightly worn. Being from a Doctor of Divinity's private library, it also offers the pleasant opportunity of some provenance-hunting, both to establish the identity of the owner and also to establish how it came into the hands of Glasgow University library, who treated it remarkably nicely (the only signs of its ex-lib. provenance being a handsome bookplate and some rather charming Arts & Crafts movement lettered stamps strategically placed.) A nice copy overall of a rare and sought-after work, which sold at auction for £49.99 - a price which again reflects the depressed state of the market, but offers the chance of a good solid buy for somebody.


The New Testament Translated by Ronald Knox

A fine traditional Catholic rendering of the New Testament by a renowned scholar and writer

Somewhat undervalued at the time, and largely forgotten now, Monsignor Knox's engaging translation of the New Testament deserves recognition if only as the first and last one-man Catholic bible translation since Saint Jerome's!

Arguably doomed to obscurity by the celebrated convert's insistence on cleaving to the Latin Vulgate text "in the light of the originals", rather than going afresh to the well, this translation still has much to commend it, not least because it stands alongside the better known Rheims version of the New Testament as the only version which was granted, in its time, official recognition from the Catholic Hierarchies of England & Wales and Scotland for public liturgical use.

It is particularly interesting in that (as explained in his highly informative collected series of talks published as "On Englishing the Bible") he took the daring approach of deliberately eschewing those phrases which have entered English usage precisely because they were in previous translations of the Bible, instead retranslating them in order to bring out the underlying meaning clearly, without the overlay of meaning given by the everyday use.

Notwithstanding the deliberately stately, semi-archaic, prose and reliance (in conformity with the Church's stipulation at the time) on the Vulgate as the source text, as befits the work of a master of the English language, this remains a lucid and accessible traditional language rendering of the New Testament, worthy of consideration by all Catholics.

Available in both large-format school (with a striking illustrated cover of the Resurrection) and convenient pocket sized editions (the latter ideal for bedside use or travelling) it was available in a variety of bindings including cloth (as mine is) rexine, leather and morocco. First published in 1945, it remained in print until at least 1962.

It and his complete Bible translation seem to still be undervalued by collectors as compared to the Rheims and Douai-Rheims versions, so offering an interesting and inexpensive field for specialisation for collectors, with the possibility of some return if interest in traditional Catholicism continues to rise.


The Small Missal - Burns & Oates

Arguably the definitive Latin Rite Sunday Missal!

This is a fine traditional Roman Catholic Sunday Missal "The Small Missal", published in Latin and English, by Burns & Oates in 1959, featuring the propers as translated by Finberg & O'Connell, and the scriptures translated by Mgr Ronald Knox. This particular example shows limited signs of use, and is nice overall, being supplied with a nice slipcase. This edition (a revised one, the Small Missal having been in print since at least the 1930s) is fairly rare, and arguably represents the definitive traditional Latin Rite Sunday missal. The fuller weekly Missal equivalent, The Missal in Latin and English, is also available and many of the points in my review elsewhere also apply to this version..


The Book of Common Prayer with the Additions and Deviations Proposed in 1928

Not strictly an Anglo-catholic book, but....

The Book of Common Prayer [of 1662] with the additions and deviations proposed in 1928.

Oxford University Press, Amen House, London EC4.

Leatherbound, all edges gilt.


Cover worn etc but serviceable, text block sound. No date but post 1958.

This is the version of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer which the Church of England developed in response to the report of the 1906 Royal Commission on Public Worship and sundry other indications (including the experience of forces chaplains in the First World War) that the 1662 BCP was no longer sufficient to support the worshipping life of the Church of England. After an extensive revision process, the resultant draft book, "the deposited book", was thrown out twice by the House of Commons (even after amendments made in a Protestant direction to satisfy some objections to the content of the revised book) and thus had no official status, never receiving Royal Assent. However, the bishops indicated that they would not regard use of the book "in the present emergency" as incompatible with loyalty to the Church of England and so it gradually made its way into pew and chancel and stayed there until the liturgical revisions of the 1960s began.

In retrospect it actually seems rather a moderate book, especially as the core of the 1662 book is still there, whole and intact, the additions and deviations being formed around it.

It includes the usual contents, calendar, daily offices, litany, collects epistles and gospels, orders for baptism and the Holy Communion, the pastoral offices, services of ordination, the Coverdale psalter, Articles of Religion, catechism, etc., and the Accession Day service for King George the Fifth (with amendments at the end to bring it up to date for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II). Included with these, however, are alternative services for morning and evening prayer, the Holy Communion, public baptism, confirmation, matrimony, and communion of the sick, some of which found acceptance once the bishops allowed the book for permissive use, and some of which did not. The inclusion of offices for Prime and Compline is also a particular feature, which bring the book closer to the perceived completeness of the western office. The prefatory material is interesting, including not only the usual prefaces (of the service of the church, concerning ceremonies) and the Act of Uniformity, but also a new 1928 preface plus 1871 and 1922 (as revised in 1928) lectionary tables, and the 1928 alternative calendar. In terms of size, this particular edition would serve as a large pew or choir-book, or as a suitable altar book for a chapel altar or travelling priest.

Prayers for the Ordinariates

Bishop Peter Elliot

Eternal Father, we place before you the project of forming the Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. We thank you for this initiative of Pope Benedict XVI., and we ask that, through the Holy Spirit, the Ordinariates may become families of charity, peace and the service of the poor, centres for Christian unity and reconciliation, and communities that welcome and evangelize, teaching the Faith in all its fullness, celebrating the liturgy and sacraments with prayerful reverence and maintaining a distinctive patrimony of Christian faith and culture.

Drawing on that heritage we pray:

Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

V/ Our Lady of Walsingham.

R/ Pray for us as we claim your motherly care.

V/ Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus.

R/ Pray for us as we place this work under your patronage.

V/ Saints and Martyrs of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

R/ Pray for us and accompany us on our pilgrim way.

The Altar Missal ; edited by a Priest of the Society of St. John the Evangelist [SSJE] with the general approval of the Society

The Altar Missal ; edited by a Priest of the Society of St. John the Evangelist [SSJE] with the general approval of the Society (e.g. Fr. E.C. Trenholme, also compiler of "The Hours of Prayer from Lauds to Compline")

A.R. Mowbray & Co. Limited

London and Oxford

1936 (1st? edition)

This is an interesting marriage of BCP, Sarum, Roman Rite and South African Rite elements, containing all that one might need from the Prayer Book with extensive Sarum enrichments and some Roman elements, plus the entire South African Rite unaltered.

Contents include 1662 Prayer Book order with minor amendments (plus silent Roman prayers including the Canon as optional additions), an Alternative Order including various additions and deviations plus the "Interim Rite"/"Overall's Canon" (the Prayer Book Canon reconstituted by the reconnection of the Prayer of Oblation to the Prayer of Consecration) and also the SA Rite.

Other enrichments include Sarum and Roman music for all the Rites, rites for the blessing of Holy Water, Dedication of a Church, extensive proper of seasons and saints, votive masses, special collects, the departed, etc.

Handsome full leather, banded spine, ruled covers, bevelled edges, all edges gilt. Condition is fairly good, given age and use, but mild rubbing to top and bottom of spine, water/mould marks to covers (see last photograph), ffep ripped in half but present, gift page creased and dog-eared, half- title, title page and contents page decreasingly likewise, rear free endpaper creased, exhortation - interestingly enough - and alternative order tabbed. Includes five ribbons, and a handsome Sarum blue damask cover.

An Altar Book containing the Order of Holy Communion According to the Use of the Church of England with Additions from the Sarum

An Altar Book containing the Order of Holy Communion According to the Use of the Church of England with Additions from the Sarum Missal


1914 (2nd edition)

According to Mark Dalby's seminal "Anglican Missals and their Canons", this is the only comprehensive Sarum-influenced Anglican Missal ever produced, being a marriage of all that one might need from the Prayer Book with extensive Sarum enrichments, including:

the entire Gelasian Canon, the Prayer Book calendar with Sarum ranks and octaves, plus additional Sarum feasts (Assumption BVM and St. Thomas of Canterbury) and full propers for all days formerly observed at Sarum (esp. Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year and weekdays in Lent), plus an appendix (very timely!) of ceremonies for Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Candlemas and order of procession on Easter Day.

Ordinary and Canon of the Mass accompanied by full rubrics, private prayers, ritual music and notes on singing the epistle and gospel.

Handsome full leather, banded spine, gilded cross to cover. Condition is fairly good, given age and use, but some splits to spine (see last photograph), some foxing, pages reinforced, canon tabbed.

The English Missal / Missale Anglicanum

The English Missal / Missale Anglicanum



1934 (3rd edition)

This is an interesting marriage of BCP and Roman Rite elements, containing the full Prayer Book Rite along with the Mass of the Roman Rite to permit Anglican priests to celebrate the eucharist in a number of forms, ranging from full Book of Common Prayer to full Roman Rite, or any combination of the two. By some way the most widely-used of the various Anglican missals, as Dalby notes in "Anglican Missals and their Canons", although it was designed for Western Rite Anglicans it gained by its comprehensive approach to including all authorised sources, thus appealing to priests of a variety of depths of attachment to the Roman Rite. It ran to five editions, the fifth being the only Anglican missal revised to take account of the 1956 Latin Rite reforms to Holy Week.

Handsome full leather, condition is good-very good, given age and apparent minor use, ffep coming loose from lower edge (see image 5), gift inscription. Tabbed. Includes five ribbons.

"The Priest to the Altar, or Aids to the devout celebration of Holy Communion chiefly after the ancient English Use of Sarum"

Black Morocco-bound "The Priest to the Altar, or Aids to the devout celebration of Holy Communion chiefly after the ancient English Use of Sarum" by Peter Goldsmith Medd, fourth edition revise and enlarged, Frowde/Longmans, London, 1898. A rare and charming text, embodying Sarum usage.

In poor condition, but complete and intact. Spine creased, worn at top and bottom with two small tears, corners of covers lightly rubbed. Hinges slightly exposed in spots, slight foxing to endpapers and some darkening throughout. Hinge exposed between pages 124 and 125, pages 124 to 195 loose, hinge exposed again between pages 158 and 159, pages 160-182 inclusive more or less heavily worn, hinge between 192 and 193 exposed. Clearly a heavily used working copy, almost certainly used at the altar.

Matters Liturgical

Matters Liturgical

The Collectio Rerum Liturgicarum of Rev Jospeh Wuest, C.SS.R.

Translated and revised by Rev. thos. W. Mullaney, C.SS.R.

Fourth edition

Frederick Pustet Company (inc.)

New York and Cincinnati


A fair to sound example of this rare and sought-after work, comprising 650 pages of all you might want to know about Catholic liturgical life- and more! - in one small pocket sized volume. From the proper way to genuflect when passing the altar to the correct way to gain a Toties Quoties indulgence, it's all here clearly set out and in detail. Contains sections on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (all its necessary adjuncts components and ceremonies plus types of Masses, worship of the MBS and the Forty Hours' Devotion), the Divine Office (arrangements of the office, the seasons, feasts of the saints and special feasts), the Ritual (answers to all your questions on baptism, extreme unction, the apostolic blessing, burial, matrimony, churching etc.) plus a thorough section on miscellaneous matters (covering the sacraments of Orders, relics, indulgences, the Way of the Cross, indults etc.) and, finally, detailed Instruction of the Sacred Congregation on the Sacraments. Fully indexed - very easy to find the information you need (and if you want to know if the family names of saints may be mentioned in the prayers at Mass* or what the clergy must do if a body of Freemasons in their regalia enter the church**, this is the book to have.)

4th (1934) edition, revised and enlarged. PP 636 + 16. By the renowned liturgical publishers Frederick Pustet.

Attractive maroon cloth binding with gilt titles and rounded cover/page edges, a bit cocked, front hinge exposed and coming away, rubbed edges to cover and spine, text block good, fair to sound overall.



A rare 'Free Catholic' resource: E.A.L. Clarke's 'The People's Missal'

The People's Missal: which follows the order of the administration of the Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion, according to the use of the Church of England, with customs appropriate to English worship, as anciently at Sarum ; and with private devotions for priest and people in maintenance of common prayer; EAL Clarke AKC; Mowbray London & Oxford; 1929 (new impression of Second and Revised Edition); small blue cloth ruled hardback, pp461

The Douay New Testament

A fair, readable example of the classic counter-Reformation Catholic Douay (or Douai, if you prefer!) translation of the Vulgate New Testament - very rare and hard to find these days. (Note the reference in Acts 2:38 where the rendering is "do penance" rather than "repent" - a feature which I understand is rarely found in more recent renderings (eg US Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)) of the Douai text.)

Hand size green binding, gilt title and cross. Dublin, 1956 (an interesting reprint of an 1820 edition.) Charming traditional Catholic rendering of the Latin Vulgate. Includes full text of the NT. Corners rubbed, some knocks to cover, spine creased, the odd page corner creased, tape marks and minor loss to endpapers hinges exposed, text block very nice but has been glued into spine - fair overall and acceptable as an example of this rare text; ideal for home devotional reading.

Anglican Services

ANGLICAN SERVICES a book concerning ritual and ceremonial in the Church of England by the Present Editor Of 'Ritual Notes' (Edward C R Lamburn)

Knott, 1953 (first edition)

A nice copy in sound but slightly tatty dustjacket of this rare Anglo-Catholic work by the author of the renowned liturgical textbook "Ritual Notes" seeking to accommodate Roman Catholic devotional and liturgical practices with the Book of Common Prayer. Rare, compendious and sought-after.

The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts

The famous "Laverty" Missal - possibly the most comprehensive traditional hand missal produced

The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts compiled from the Missale Romanum with supplements containing the additional masses for England, Sotland and Wales, revised by Sylvester P. Juergens, S.M., S.T.D.. Laverty & Sons Ltd. 1936 imprimatur.

A rare pre-Vatican II Tridentine Rite hand size missal in serviceable if well-used condition. Text of the Mass in Latin and English with explanatory material and rubrics. This is the famous "Laverty" daily missal, reputedly the most comprehensive Latin/English missal ever published and (in a later edition) the basis for the Baronius Press' fine recent reprint of the Missal. An interesting collectors item or first Missal, post Summorum Pontificum, ideal for someone discovering the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for the first time.

Flexible leather cover, all edges art gilt, in fair but well used condition with cover edges rubbed, circular mark to back cover, the odd torn or turnd-over page corner, etc. Well illustrated, includes explanation of the Mass, devotions, proper and ordinary of the Mass, seasonal propers, proper of the saints, devotions, etc. Four ribbons.

A Short Breviary for Religious and the Laity

The Franciscan edition

Franciscan Short Breviary for Religious and the Laity edited by William G. Heidt, OSB. The Liturgical Press, St. John's Abbey Collegeville, Minnesota. Third edition, 1962 imprimatur. A rare pre-Vatican II Tridentine Rite short breviary in serviceable if well-thumbed condition, clearly someone's much-loved prayer companion.

A shortened and simplified English version of the full Roman Breviary with explanatory material and rubrics, designed for use by religious communities and the laity. This is the classic third, 1962, edition - this famous breviary's ultimate pre Vatican II development - in the rarer expanded format of the "Complete edition" offering a psalter for all seven days of the week, plus the Saturday office of the BVM, common of feasts, and propers of the seasons and saints, plus a supplement allowing the owner to say all 150 psalms in place of the lesser number prescribed in the main text, *and* scripture readings, grace at meals and - a rare and interesting touch - offices of feasts proper to the Order of Saint Francis of Assisi (Franciscans.) An interesting collectors item or first breviary, post Summorum Pontificum, ideal for someone discovering the beauties of praying the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for the first time or indeed as a more general introduction to the divine office.

Pp 1568 + 128 page Franciscan supplement

Flexible leatherette cover, slightly shaken and some crinkling to pages, in fair but well used condition with the odd mark, etc. Library datecard on rear free endpaper, unused (apart from a pencil notation to the rear of the title page and some tape residue on the spine, the only indication that this is an ex-library book.) Charmingly illustrated, five ribbons.

The Story of the Prayer Book - Percy Dearmer

English Church history from a Prayerbook Catholic standpoint

An attractive example of this Anglo-Catholic classic - Percy "Parson's Handbook" Dearmer's famous Prayerbook Catholic The Story of the Prayerbook. 97 attractive illustrations, and see the scans of the contents pages for more of a feel for the contents of this little gem, replete throughout with Dr Dearmer's famous turn of phrase. An engaging history for the scholar and interested layman aike.

Fair-good condition for age, attractive illustrated covers with slightly worn dustjacket, some spots of wear, top and edges of spine worn and repaired with tape, a little foxing to endpapers, text block nice and tight, back covering bowing a little. Handsome still.


A classic Catholic liturgical manual

1943 7th (revised and enlarged) edition of this classic liturgical manual, completely re-edited by Canon J.B. O'Connell, one of the greatest liturgists of the twentieth century. One of the definitive tomes on the ceremonies of the (Extraordinary Form of the) Roman Rite. Generously provided with explanations and diagrams in the text. Covers the vestments, furnishings, the Mass, Vespers, the Liturgical year, occasional functions (including pontifical), ceremonies of the Ritual, funerals.


Some foxing/spotting (war economy paper stock?), good-very good condition overall.

Ways of Worship, the Report of a Theological Commission of Faith and Order

Ways of Worship, the Report of a Theological Commission of Faith and Order, SCM Press, London 1951. Ex lib., lightly worn but in good condition overall, traces of bookplate on front pastedown, front free endpaper cut in half, corners rounded, spine at little worn at sides and top and bottom. A fascinating and detailed collection of papers in support of the World Conference on Faith and Order covering the elements of liturgy, word and sacrament, mariology, etc.

Liturgy & Worship

A companion to the Prayer Books of the Anglican Communion

Red cloth-bound "Liturgy & Worship, a companion to the Prayer Books of the Anglican Communion," an incredibly compendious must-have work for anyone interested in the formation, development and minutiae of the prayer books of the Anglican communion

The Small Ritual

Being extracts from the Rituale Romanum in Latin & in English

Faux-leather bound Burns & Oates "The Small Ritual being extracts from the Rituale Romanum in Latin & in English." 1964.

Fair condition for age, a working copy. Spine worn but hinges intact, covers creased, some additional material tipped-in, section on funeral services discoloured, suggesting that it was used outside and got a little wet, clearly a working priest's copy!

The Continuity of Anglican Orders (and other topics)

A defence of the position of Ecclesia Anglicana from an Anglo-Catholic perspective

An intriguing and scholarly, yet accessible, defence of the position of Ecclesia Anglicana from an Anglo-Catholic perspective, being lectures from such luminaries as liturgist F.E. Brightman and Mirfield founder and later Bishop of Truro W.H. Frere, and covering such key topics as changes at the English Reformation (A.J. Mason), the position of the Pope in England in the Middle Ages (W.E. Collins), the foundation of the modern claims for the authority of the Papacy (G.F. Browne), the position of Roman Catholics in England (W.H. Frere) and objections to English Orders (pre-Apostolicae Curae) (F.E. Brightman) and (bound with them, but not illustrated) "What and Where is the True Church." SPCK, London, 1896, in fair-good condition, white mark on cover, top and bottom of spine rubbed, corners likewise, darkening to endpapers, final bound-in tract somewhat foxed, good overall.

1933 Oxford Movement Centenary Congress Programme

A charming and rare souvenir of 1933 Oxford Movement Centenary Congress (the 5th Anglo-Catholic congress). Not perfect (2" tear up hinge of back cover), paperback covers darkened but solid overall. Rare souvenir.

The Sarum Missal done into English

The second edition revised and enlarged - a rare edition

The Sarum Missal done into English, A. Harford M.A. B.C.L., second edition revised and enlarged, London, The Church Printing Company, MDCCCLXXXIV (1884). A rare second edition of this famous work. Pp 615. Ex-library (rebound in cloth with bevelled edge?), usual stamps, text block in fair-good condition, front endpaper part removed, one page loose, but all present.

Includes general rubrics, essays on Low and High Mass, Kalendar, propers (seasons, saints), prayers and thanksgivings, ordinary and canon of the mass, votive masses, masses for the dead, benedictions, appendices.

Saint John's Sunday Missal and Every Day Prayer Book

A nice pre-Vatican II Tridentine Rite pocket size hand missal

Saint John's Sunday Missal and Every Day Prayer Book, Reli Ltd, London c. 1961. A nice pre-Vatican II Tridentine Rite pocket size hand missal in excellent condition. Text of the Mass in Latin and English. Sturdy plastic cover. Well illustrated, includes explanation of the Mass, devotions, prayer endings proper and ordinary of the Mass, proper of the saints, devotions, etc. Two ribbons.

Ecclesiological Essays

Essays on liturgical and church subjects in the mediaeval church and the Church of England

Ecclesiological Essays

The Library of Liturgiology & Ecclesiology for English Readers (edited by Vernon Staley, Provost of the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew, Inverness)

Volume VII

J. Wickham Legg (Chairman of the Council of the Henry Bradshaw Liturgical Text Society)

Alexander Moring Ltd/The De la More Press, London



9" x 6" x 1 1/4"

This volume from the valuable Prayerbook Catholic resource "The Library of Liturgiology & Ecclesiology for English Readers" consists of an interesting selection of essays on liturgical and church subjects in the mediaeval church and the Church of England from the pen of the well-known 19th century liturgical and ecclesiastical historian John Wickham Legg. Subjects include the preparation of the elements at Mass, mediaeval ceremonial, chasuble-shaped linen vestments, forms of canonical election of prelates, the marriage service, and criticisms of the Shortened Services Act and the arguments addressing (then-)recent judgement of the Archbishops in the Lambeth Incense case.

As befits a Private Press production, it is a handsome and substantial red cloth bound hardback, with the series title in an attractively-designed oval cartouche on the front cover and a ruled spine ending in a ogee with the book title and press name at the head and foot respectively. The top edge of the text block is gilt, whilst the long and bottom edges are in their natural state, appearing uncut on first inspection! The covers are bright but the spine is somewhat faded. The text block is good, although the endpapers are darkened and the front hinge partially exposed and the same on the rear hinge in one place. There is one instance of a marginal notation in pencil.

A Directory of Ceremonial

Two influential Alcuin Club tracts

"A Directory of Ceremonial", Alcuin Club Tracts XIII and XIX

Part 1, 3rd edition, 1931, A.S. Duncan-Jones, Stephen Gaselee, E.G.P. Wyatt (i.e. major luminaries within the Alcuin Club at this time)

Part 2 - liturgical seasons, 3rd edition (completely revised and reset), 1965, G.B. Timms (Vicar of the famous Prayerbook Catholic fane, St. Mary the Virgin, Primose Hill - SMVPH - Percy Dearmer's old church)

OUP and Mowbrays, respectively, for the Alcuin Club

1931 and 1965

pp68 and 95

Described by some as a complete liturgical and ritual manual for Prayerbook Catholics. A classic of its kind.

These two books, compiled by and for the Anglican liturgical society The Alcuin Club, were designed to provide a simple guide for those who were desirous of developing the worship and ritual of their churches in a manner consonant with the Book of Common Prayer and the Catholic tradition as received by the Church of England (i.e. "Prayerbook Catholics" as opposed to those who looked principally to the Sarum or Tridentine Rites for inspiration). The first book covers the church, its furniture and customs and the principle services (with directions in tabular form for the various sacred Ministers and acolytes at the Eucharist), upto and including suggested ceremonial for the reception of a Bishop, whilst the second expands this by providing ceremonial directions for all the services of the liturgical year. The latter is particularly interesting in that it develops and applies some of the principles of the Liturgical Movement as found useful by a priest of one of the definitive Prayerbook Catholic churches. As such it would be interesting to read it in the context of the other, earlier volume. Sound grey/green cloth hardbacks, the earlier in classical Alcuin Club format, unmistakable on a shelf. Nice example of these particular texts.

GROWTH IN HOLINESS - the progress of the spiritual life

GROWTH IN HOLINESS - the progress of the spiritual life


Burns & Oates, 28 Orchard Street, London


A spiritual classic; challenging but worth persevering with, providing an interesting survey of different prayer methods and techniques with a useful discussion of the various states of prayer and spiritual growth as illustrated by the example of the saints. Selling as a duplicate copy. A handsome gilt-tooled red cloth hardback, in good condition for its age.

The Cathedral Prayerbook

being the Book of Common Prayer with the music necessary for the use of choirs

The Prayer Book

being the Book of Common Prayer

with the music necessary for the use of choirs

together with the Canticles and Psalter

pointed for chanting and set to appropriate chants


Sir John Stainer & William Russell (ed.s)

Novello & Co Ltd, London & Henry Frowde, Oxford

c. 8" tall x 5 1/4" deep x 5/8" thick

A charming Anglican prayerbook, including all the materials in a regular prayerbook plus pointed psalter, extensive music, including various pieces of Anglo-Catholic naughtiness such as Agnus Dei, Benedictus, etc.

Black patterned leather binding with ruled edges, banded spine with the words "The cathedral Prayer Book" in gold, and lustrous gilt edges to the text block. The spine shows wear to the top, bottom and a little to the edges. The cover shows some wear and rubbing of the rounded corners. The hinges are largely sound but exposed after what appears to be the first gathering. A quick leaf through indicates that the text block is good, with one ownership inscription (to a ressident of Sparkbrook Vicarage). Good overall, a nice piece.

Steps to the Altar

A Manual of devotions for the Blessed Eucharist

Steps to the Altar

A Manual of devotions for the Blessed Eucharist

W.E. Scudamore

New impression

Longmans, Green and Co, London


A charming Prayerbook Catholic devotional manual

Largely drawn from the Caroline divines and other post-Reformation sources, this is a manual designed for the aid of communicants in the Anglican Church, covering devotions before communion, the BCP order for Holy Communion with interpolated devotions, devotions for use after communion, additional prayers and readings and meditations. It is a nice example of Victorian devotion in the High Church school.

In terms of condition, this small leather-bound volume, with ruled border to the covers, six compartment banded spine with gilt title in second compartment and all edges gilt is fair only, missing its front free endpaper and possibly half-title as well, and showing some tearing to the spine at top and loss at the bottom and an exposed front hinge. Worn, really only a reference copy.

ANGLICANISM : The thought and practice of The Church of England, ilustrated from the religious literature of the Seventeenth Cen

A rare collation of the work of the seventeenth-century Caroline Divines applicable to every aspect of Anglican thought and practice

ANGLICANISM : The thought and practice of The Church of England, ilustrated from the religious literature of the Seventeenth Century

Paul Elmer More (an American theologian)


Frank Leslie Cross (Priest-Librarian of the famous "Puseum" - Pusey House, Oxford)

SPCK, London


pp. 811

Large Octavo (10" x 6 1/2" x 1 5/8")

A very handsome large size blue cloth volume, weighing circa 1.5 kg. See the scans of the contents pages below for some idea of its scope! As described by its authors, it is a comprehensive survey of Anglican thought and practice as recorded in the writings of Anglican writers and theologians, predominantly of the seventeenth century, including such men as Bull, Barrow, Baxter, Cosin, Laud, Hooker, Beveridge, Chillingworth, Thorndike and Taylor. It covers every branch of theology and worship in some depth, giving a selection of relevant passages, many of which were republished for the first time in this large (811 page) and impressive volume. As well as the extensive quotations it also benefits from nicely-judged essays on the "Spirit of Anglicanism" and Anglicanism in the seventeenth century, plus potted biographies of the quoted authors, to give the necessary background for the sources it quotes.

The ble cloth cover is spotted and marked and the spine faded, whilst the cover corners are rubbed. The hinges are sound whilst the text block is good. There is an ownership inscription to the front free endpaper.

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anonymous on March 28, 2010:

I am very pleased to have discovered this site! I am an Anglo-Catholic priest and collector of liturgical books of all vintages (the oldest dating back 500 years) and so I am always interested in new acquisitions. I am very interested in English catholic (in all senses) Liturgies, including Recusancy, Anglo Catholic and the Sarum and York Uses. You may be interested in that I recently bought a copy of the 1912 Missale Anglicanum from Philip Lund for a very reasonable price. When it arrived, I discovered that it had the book plate and inscription of Fr Fynes Clinton of St Magnus the Martyr, where it was used. It is full of his corrections, interpolations from other books (S.S.P.P. 'Music for the Mass' and Missale Romanum) and although not a pure 1912 copy, it is a wonderful relic and a very interesting insight into the Liturgy of the leading Anglo-Papalist of this time.

ManipledMutineer (author) on February 14, 2010:

@anonymous: Dear Scribbler, when time permits you might like to check you eBay message inbox as I have an offer which may interest you!



anonymous on December 15, 2009:

Thanks for the information on the Pocknee edition--and for updating your SoF sig to alert me to your current auctions. I've got a bid in on the 12th edition Parson's Handbok; we'll see if I'm bested or not before the day's end!

anonymous on October 02, 2009:

[in reply to ManipledMutineer]

Wonderful! I look forward to reading your comments.

ManipledMutineer (author) on October 01, 2009:

[in reply to Scribbler] My pleasure! I have the Pocknee edition and will try and review it for you soon. It was on my mind to do so but I hadn't got around to doing it, so I'm doubly grateful for the suggestion.

anonymous on October 01, 2009:

Thank you for posting all of this interesting information! I would like to learn more about the Cyril Pocknee edition of the Parson's Handbook. Wasn't that an attempt to make it all somewhat more manageable?

ManipledMutineer (author) on September 05, 2009:

The copy of "Through the Veil" has now arrived, along with a couple of postcards reproducing the ilustrations in it, and I hope to be reviewing them shortly.

ManipledMutineer (author) on September 01, 2009:

To add - I have now found a source for a copy of "Through the Veil", with thanks to Fr Moncrieff for drawing it to my attention, and I hope that it will be with me shortly!

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ManipledMutineer (author) on August 30, 2009:

You are very welcome, and thank you for your kind comments - please do keep coming back. I agree with you about the pamphlets - one of my first finds when I began collecting Anglo-Catholic materials was a bundle of pamphlets by the SPCK, Mowbray's and the Church Literature Association on a fascinating range of topics. I'm glad I've kept them, as they are so interesting yet so ephemeral. Thank you for the tip about "Through the Veil" - I wasn't aware of it before but am now!

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anonymous on August 28, 2009:

Thanks for the comments: as a collector I enjoyed them, and even had many of the books mentioned. What is being lost is the large number of pamphlets that were put out, sadly many now lost. Do you know anything of those wonderful illustrations that were put out, "Through the Veil"?

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