A new blog called “Alma Bracarense” has begun posting pictures of the 1924 edition of the Missal according to the Use of Braga in Portugal. The author includes in his posts pictures of the pages of the Missal relevant to a particular feast day, a description of the proper features of that day, and a translation into Portuguese. He intends to add English texts in the future. Braga is one of the few places in Europe that maintained its proper medieval Use after the Tridentine reform, and even into the 20th-century. The Use of Braga contains many of the classically medieval features of the liturgy, which will be familiar to those who use the Dominican, Premonstratensian or Old Carmelite liturgical books, or those who have studied the Uses of Sarum, Paris etc., but also many features unique to itself.
|The beginning of the blessing of the candles, before the Mass of the Purification, according to the Missal of Braga, 1924. The chant with which the ceremony begins, O beata infantia, is not found in the Roman Rite. Photo courtesy of Alma Bracarense.|