Pre-’62 General Rubrics of the Roman Missal

We are pleased to offer our readers the first English translation (aside from a sorry Anglican effort) of the General Rubrics of the Missal promulgated by His Holiness the Lord Clement VIII, which remained in force (with amendments by the Lord Benedict XV) until the reign of John XXIII. Download the PDF below. May it prove useful to all those devoted to the ancient traditions of the Roman Church! Ante mori quam novitatibus consentire!

12 thoughts on “Pre-’62 General Rubrics of the Roman Missal

      1. LOL. If anything, comparing the anti-Latin canons of the Quinisext council to St John PP. XXIII’s code of rubrics doesn’t take away from the melodramatic quality, it adds to it.


      2. Yea verily, novelty opens the bottomless pit from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes contempt of sacred things and holy laws, a pestilence more deadly to the Church than any other. Alas! The earth mourns and fades away, it is infected by the inhabitants thereof, because they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the ordinances, they have forsaken their tradition! The holiness of the sacred is despised; the majesty of divine worship is not only disapproved by evil men, but defiled and held up to ridicule!


  1. Reblogged this on APOLOGÉTICA CATÓLICA and commented:
    Essa é uma tradução das rubricas gerais do Missal Romano anteriores à reforma de João XXIII. Nela se encontra o texto revisado por Clemente VIII em 1604 e as reformas feitas por São Pio X (Divino Afflatu), que foram incorporadas na edição típica de 1920, e que estão aqui em itálico.


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