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“Philip the presbyter and legate of the Apostolic See said: There is no doubt, and in fact it has been known in all ages, that the holy and most blessed Peter, prince and head of the apostles, pillar of the faith, and foundation of the Catholic Church, received the keys of the kingdom from our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the human race, and that to him was given the power of loosing and binding sins: who down even to today and forever both lives and judges in his successors. The holy and most blessed pope Celestine, according to due order, is his successor and holds his place, and us he sent to supply his place in this holy synod.”
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The following is a guest article by Fr. Philip Clement:

Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls. — Jer.6:16

ITH THE RELEASE of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007, exposure to the Traditional Latin Mass has steadily increased throughout the world. There have also been many books recently published about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, as many people are searching for a better understanding of the Holy Sacrifice in relation to the rubrics, the spirituality of the Mass, and even its historical development. While there are quite a number of books available on the market explaining the Traditional Latin Mass, there are also many out-of-print books that contain a wealth of information about this most perfect of our prayers.

Recently, the Sacrificium Sanctum website, the website for the Traditional Latin Mass at Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa, has begun an initiative to build an E-Library dedicated to building a library of out-of-print books about the Traditional Latin Mass. These books are in .pdf format, which means they are readable on any computer and most e-Reader devices. Currently the ExLibris page (www.sacrificiumsanctum.org/ex-libris) contains 8 titles and is steadily growing. These titles were originally published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and are treasure troves of Catholic teaching on the Mass. All of these titles are in the public domain and many are available online in an original scanned version. However, the ones on the Sacrificium Sanctum website are re-processed versions and are much cleaner and easier to read. If you are interested in learning more about the Ancient Liturgy of the Saints, consider downloading some of these ebooks and don’t let the wisdom of old be lost.