Sunday, June 18, 2006

Baronius Press titles

I've mentioned Baronius Press on here in the past, and I want to take an opportunity to mention them yet again.

Not only do they bring us important Catholic titles, including many desireable liturgical titles, they also have a rich and proper sense that fine Catholic books, and especially liturgical titles, should be beautiful, sturdy and longlasting. In short, the binding should reflect the merit and perennial value and worth of what is within.

Readers of the NLM will likely be particularly interested in these titles:

The Holy Mass by Dom Prosper Gueranger

Dom Prosper Guéranger (1805-1875) devoted himself to liturgical scholarship, polemics, and the establishment of Benedictine communities in France. The Holy Mass is Guéranger’s most extensive treatment of the heart of the liturgy and firmly established him as a leading liturgist. By turns devotional, exegetical and historical, this is therefore a timely publication of one of the great treasures of Catholic liturgical spirituality.

Read the Preface from this book.

Of particular interest is Baronius' reprint of
1962 Daily Missal for pew use. I have a copy personally and can attest to it as a beautiful publication all around. I also like the fact that it includes a preface by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, has been updated to include developments like the optional Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet and so forth. This development, to me, says something important: the classical Roman liturgical movement is a living product and tradition of the Church and its resources are also updated accordingly to reflect this. It is not a frozen product.

Another nice offering is the Rule of St. Benedict which needs no introduction. The rule is not just for monastics, but makes for good spiritual reading for all, and particularly for families in pursuit of the domestic monastery that is the Christian house.

Readers will be also interested in the forthcoming titles that Baronius Press intends to publish:

The Divine Office in English and Latin (with Vulgate Psalter)

Catena Aurea

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Clementine Vulgate

Please go over to their site and take a further look.

I hope many people will support them so that they might publish the above books -- most especially the first two -- and continue to give modern day Catholics the opportunity to benefit from these things.

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