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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

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Now Available! Online Latin Lectionary For Masses In The Ordinary Form
published 7 November 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

190 Missale Romanum Cum Lectionibus REPARING for the Third Edition of the Roman Missal in 2011, study sessions were given around the country, and one thing was noticed over and over again. Catholics had not been aware that the English Mass is a translation from the official Latin. It took an entire decade for MR3 to be translated into English … but that’s another story.

Perhaps the PDFs below will help remedy this situation. You can now download 8,000 pages — the entire Novus Ordo in Latin — due to the kindness of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. A nice review was published by Deacon Harold Hughesdon (bio) in the 1970s.

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