London: Burns & Oates, 1964. Original black morocco (6 5/8 inches tall), stamped in gilt, rounded corners, three colored ribbon markers, textured cream endpapers, all edges red, original dust dust. Handsome owner inscription to rear blank, fine book complete with a good example of the scarce original jacket. Item #1212
"IT IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE MIND OF THE CHURCH THAT OUR PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW WHAT IS BEING SAID AND DONE WHEN THE SACRED RITES ARE BEING ADMINISTERED"
Burns & Oates handbook of the Roman Ritual—a Latin-English printing of the rites and prayers of the Sacraments—complete with the original gold '"foil" dust jacket.
The Small Ritual was primarily for the use of the laity when it was first published in 1956. The reforms of Vatican II made plain the need for a new edition integrating the vernacular. "This Small Ritual has been approved 'ad interim' as the official English text in England and Wales. That is to say, whatever English is used will be taken from this book until such time at least as the present Rituale Romanum is replaced." With original Latin text of the prayers (printed in black) on the left and the rubrics (printed in red) with an English translation facing on the right. With a short Preface (dated, "Feast of the Epiphany, 6th January 1964") by Archbishop Grimshaw describing the use of the vernacular: "This little book is offered, then, as a first contribution to the fulfilment of the declared mind of the Church in the Second Vatican Council's Liturgical Constitution: 'Because the use of the mother-tongue can often be of considerable help to the people its use is to be extended.'" With a vignette illustration of a Pelican on the title page (repeated in red on the front of the scarce dust jacket). Printed in Belgium for Burns as part of The Golden Library, listing other titles from the series on the back panel of the dust jacket. Imprimatur: Francis Joseph Grimshaw was Archbishop of Birmingham (1954-1965).