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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Method of the Solesmes Plain Chant
published 19 March 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

km0_GCT-tome_1904_Method_of_the_Solesmes_Plain_Chant HE FOLLOWING BOOK has been made available for free download courtesy of the Jean de Lalande Library. If you appreciate these efforts, please consider making a donation by using the link at the top of the page.

      * *  Method of the Solesmes Plain Chant

• Author: Birkle, Suitbertus, 1876-1926. • Title: A complete and practical method of the Solesmes plain chant • Publisher: New York, J.F. Wagner • IMPRIMATUR: 1904 – COPYRIGHT: 1904 • TRANSLATION: Lemaistre • (supposedly printed in 1904) • • Please Note: EXCERPTS ONLY

      * *  The Vatican Plainchant

• Author: Birkle, Suitbertus, 1876-1926. • Title: The Vatican plain chant; a practical manual for teacher and student • Publisher: New York, J. F. Wagner • IMPRIMATUR: 1904 COPYRIGHT: 1904 • TRANSLATION: Lemaistre • (supposedly printed in 1906) •

N.B.   These two titles by Suitbertus Birkle are but one book masquerading as two. They are identical, except for their titles. The one called “The Vatican plain chant: etc.” says that it’s a NEW AND REVISED EDITION. However, in this “new and revised edition” the Preface is missing. The Preface said, “This method has nothing new to offer. It is based upon well-known Plain Chant hand-books by authorities such as DOM POTHIER, KEINLE, TINEL, WAGNER, HABERL, etc.” Again, this Preface is NOT printed in the one called “The Vatican Plain chant; etc.” but it WAS printed in other book (which, again, has the same year of copyright and imprimatur). However, in the INDEX of “The Vatican Plain chant; etc.” it claims that the Preface is on page 7 . . . but there IS no Preface!!!