The Holy Cross Missal

Propers and Commons of Various Feasts and Fasts Not Included in the Book of Common Prayer together with the Ordinary and Canon of the Mass, Requiems, and Other Votive Masses.

West Park, New York: Holy Cross Press, 1920.


Propers of the Saints and of the Seasons

Ember Days in Advent
Ember Days in Lent
Rogation Days
Ember Days in Whitsun Week
Corpus Christi
Sacred Heart
Ember Days in September
Compassion of the B.V.M.

The Ordinary of the Mass [External link]

The Common of Saints

Vigils of Apostles
One Martyr in Easter-tide
Many Martyrs in Easter-tide
A Confessor and Bishop
A Confessor not a Bishop
Abbots and Monks
A Virgin-Martyr
A Virgin not a Martyr
Holy Women, Martyrs, not Virgins
Holy Women, Neither Virgins nor Martyrs

Dedication of a Church

Masses for the Departed

Other Votive Masses

Of the Most Holy Trinity
Of Thanksgiving
Of the Holy Ghost
Of the Blessed Sacrament
Of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Of the Holy Cross
Of the Passion of our Blessed Lord
Of the Blessed Virgin Mary
     In Advent
     From Christmas to Purification
     Purification to Advent
     Of the Compassion of the B.V.M.
Of St. Joseph
Of the Holy Angels
In Time of Any Need
In Time of War
For Peace
In Time of Pestilence
For the Sick
The Nuptial Mass

Historical introduction

This supplemental liturgical text was prepared for use with the 1892 revision of the American Book of Common Prayer. Robert F. Lau wrote this contemporary review of the Holy Cross Missal in Anglican Theological Review, October, 1920, p. 175:

This missal contains the propers and commons of various feasts and fasts not included in the Book of Common Prayer, together with the ordinary and canon of the mass, requiems, and other votive masses. Noteworthy is the inclusion of the observance of The Bestowal of the American Episcopate (November 14). National holidays are not included. It may, of course, not seem desirable to stress nationalism in the Catholic Church; but a Missa pro Patria for Independence Day would be as justifiable as the ancient Missa pro Rege, and a special requiem for Memorial Day would give an impetus to a practice which is slowly spreading.

The volume is well bound, of convenient size, and clearly printed. The ordinary and canon of the mass are given exactly as they stand in the Prayer Book. This is commendable, for the not uncommon practice of 'emending' the American Liturgy by selections from the Roman has naturally created in many rninds the fear that our mass is seriously defective, when, as a matter of fact, the Roman could be reconstructed along the lines of our liturgy with far greater profit.

This text was digitized in 2011 by Richard Mammana from a copy belonging to the late Thomas Newton Rae.