My colleague, Andrea Leal, recently posted something extraordinary: an English translation of a NOTITIAE document from 1970 which explains why the reformers did such violence to the ancient Proprium Missæ. The author of that document erroneously claims that Gregorian composers changed the wording for musical purposes, but the real reason Missal and Gradual don’t always match is because the Gradual is more ancient than Saint Jerome’s Vulgate. Andrea cited an excerpt by Father Fortescue which makes this clear, but I would like to add this excerpt from Monsignor Frank P. Schmitt, which backs up Father Fortescue.
Msgr. Schmitt backs up Rev. Fortescue
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