Recommendations for Latin Mass Newcomers
If you are new to the Traditional Latin Mass, welcome! Attending your first TLM can be an occasion of great excitement, but may also seem daunting. Don't worry – there is a path through the unfamiliarity!
We at ALMS highly recommend what we call the Simple Approach: that is, the best way to learn the traditional Mass is to just start going.
Links and Online Tools
Propria.org provides printable PDF booklets of the proper prayers of the Mass for Sundays, feasts, and votive Masses, as well as an Ordo (liturgical calendar) for the year, according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.
For those interested in Gregorian chant, Benjamin Bloomfield's open-source tools are very helpful. He has tools for sung Mass propers, lesson and gospel readings, psalm tones, and freeform GABC typesetting.
GregoBase is an online database of Gregorian scores for hymns, antiphons, sequences, and more. Virtually any chant you can think of can be found here, and all are editable and downloadable.
Benedictus from Sophia Institute Press is a beautifully crafted monthly personal missalette. In addition to the ordinary of the Mass, it contains the propers for Sundays and feasts, as well as devotionals, meditations, and educational material. A personal subscription costs only $5 per month, making it a worthwhile investment for newcomers who may not be ready to purchase a full daily missal.
Desaint, Pierre-Emmanuel, Abbé. Learn How to Celebrate Low Mass according to the 1962 Missal. Clear Creek Abbey. For priests and seminarians.
Bergman, Lisa. Treasure and Tradition: The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass. St. Augustine Academy Press, 2014.
Fiedrowicz, Michael. The Traditional Mass: History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite. Angelico Press, 2020.
Kwasniewski, Peter A. Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass. Angelico Press, 2020.
Moorman, George J., Monsignor. The Latin Mass Explained. TAN Books, 2007.
Schneider, Athanasius, Bishop. The Catholic Mass: Steps to Restore the Centrality of God in the Liturgy. Sophia Institute Press, 2022.
Therese, M. Joan. My See and Pray Missal. TAN Books, 1997. For children.
Various authors. The Liturgy catalog of books from Angelico Press.
–––. The Latin Mass catalog of books from Sophia Institute Press.
–––. The Latin Mass catalog of books from TAN Books.