The Joy of Tradition

Online Library of Catholic Catechetical Resources

  1. The Mass
    1. The Four Ends of Mass
    2. Ad Orientem Worship
    3. The Ancient Form of the Roman Rite
    4. Liturgical Diversity in the Catholic Church
    5. Manner of Reception of Holy Communion in the Ancient Form
    6. The Mass of Vatican II, by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S. J.
    7. The Use of Incense in the Mass
    8. Active Participation: You Have the Rite to Remain Silent, by Kevin Di Camillo for National Catholic Register
    9. Understanding the Mass: 9 short articles from the Diocese of Marquette
    10. Vatican Letter on the Sign of Peace during Mass (Pope Francis, June 8, 2014)
    11. The Altar
    12. The Altar Rail and Kneeling
  2. Sacred Music
    1. What Makes Music Sacred?
    2. What Does the Church Say about the Music of the Mass?
    3. The Propers of the Mass: The Entrance Chant
    4. The Sung Ordinary of the Mass
    5. Sacred Silence
    6. The Propers of the Mass: The Offertory Chant and the Communion Chant
    7. Why Gregorian Chant?
    8. Sacred Polyphony
    9. The Propers of the Mass: Chants between the Readings
    10. Commentary on Sacred Music by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, July 4, 2015
    11. Re-discovery of the Church's Sacred Tradition: II Kings 22
    12. The Revolution of Obedience
  3. Videos of the Sung Ordinary
    1. The Mass Chanted in English
    2. Missa de Angelis
    3. Missal Chants
    4. Missa Jubilate Deo
    5. Missa Orbis Factor
    6. Missa Simplex, Michael O'Connor, O. P. and Richard Proulx
    7. Mass of the Patriarchs, based on an Ancient French Tone, arr. Michael O'Connor, O. P.
    8. El Ordinario del Misal Romano en Español
    9. Credo - Our Profession of Faith: The Nicene Creed
    10. Pater Noster - Our Father in Latin

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