Council and Continuity: International Symposium on The Interim Missals

This fall the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix and Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland are bringing to the American Southwest a very exciting and groundbreaking liturgical symposium: Council and Continuity.

The topic of the symposium is the interim missals that were released between Sacrosanctum Concilium of 1963 and the Missal of Paul VI of 1970. These transitional missals are most fascinating and mysterious. They come up ever so often in liturgical conversations, blog posts and comment box discussions and are a most interesting documentation of a most interesting and mystifying period in modern Church history. This international symposium will explore these missals as a means of getting into the minds of the council fathers and understanding their intentions in the course of liturgical reform. It will surely provide invaluable insights for the liturgical apostolate in our day.

Here’s the press release:

An international liturgical Symposium, “Council and Continuity: The Interim Missals and the Immediate Post-Conciliar Liturgical Reform,” to be held October 3-4, 2011 at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Phoenix, will delve into the question of the little known “Interim Missals,” that is, those editions of the Roman Missals issued between the time of Sancrosanctum Concilium and the definitive edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1970. Given their immediate proximity to the Second Vatican Council, these Missals can provide a valuable means to gaining insights into the mindset of the Council Fathers and what they had envisioned in setting the course for liturgical reform. The goal of the Symposium is to arrive at a deeper and clearer understanding of this vision through an examination of these Interim Missals.

The symposium will be of interest to scholars, priests, deacons and lay liturgical ministers, to those who teach, plan or coordinate liturgies whether professionally or as volunteers, and to anyone who has a particular love for the Church’s Liturgy and desire to learn more about it.

Click here for program details and registration.

Here’s the schedule of presenters. There are many names that will be familiar to Chant Café readers:


1:00 – 1:30: Opening: Greetings and Introduction – Bishop Thomas Olmsted, M.A.Th., J.C.D.

1:30 – 2:15: “The Historical Development of the Mass from its Origins to Sacrosanctum Concilium” – Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Feulner, S.T.L., S.T.D.

2:30 – 3:15: “The Historical Development of the Mass from Sacrosanctum Concilium to the Present” – Rev. Prof. Douglas Martis, M.Div., S.T.L., Ph.D., S.T.D.

4:00 – 5:00: “The Latin-English Missals of 1964/66 (US)” – Andreas Bieringer, M.A., M.A.Th.

5:15 – 6:00: “The Liturgical Renewal and the Ordo Missae (1965)” – Rev. Deacon Prof. Dr. Helmut Hoping, S.T.D.

6:15 – 7: 00: Vespers with Homily – Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, B.A., S.T.B., J.C.D.


7:30 – 8:15: Eucharist

9:15 –11:00: Minor Lectures:
* Church Architec­ture: Understanding “Inter Oecumenici” in the Context of the Liturgical Movement [D. McNamara, Ph.D.]
* The Development and Application of English Sacred Language Through the Post-Conciliar Interim Missals [Th. Book, S.T.B., M.A., S.L.L.]
* The Origin of the Latin-German Missal of 1965 [A. Kaiser, M.Eng., M.A.Th.]
* Catholic Continuity – How to Make the Church Year a Living Reality [C.F. Phillips, C.R., B.A., M.Div.]
* The Propers of the Mass: Then and Now [M.D. Kirby, O.S.B., S.T.L., Ph.D.]
* The Latin-Polish Missal of 1968 [A. Hoinkis, S.T.L., S.T.D.]
* The Book of Divine Worship: A Catholic Claim to Anglican Patrimony [Ch. G. Phillips, B.A., M.Div.]
*The New Lectionary for Mass: The Church‘s Preparation of the Table of God‘s Word Since the Council [Michael K. Magee]

11:15 – 12:00: “Liturgy – Continuity or Rupture? Possibilities for Further Liturgical Development and Its Pastoral Relevance” – Bishop Peter Elliott, M.A., D.D., S.T.D.

12:00 – 1:00: Panel Discussion, Summary and Closing of the Symposium

This event is not to be missed! Click here to register.

2 Replies to “Council and Continuity: International Symposium on The Interim Missals”

  1. This is exciting indeed! Most worthwhile and fascinating. What would really help prepare for this would be some videos of the 1965 rite for those of us whose memory of it is hazy (I was five then) or non-existent. Interesting to study the rite from the missals, but what did it look and feel like?

  2. I have memories of a pre-Novus Ordo mass that was partly in Latin and partly in English, and recently found a small book containing this "new mass" in some books I inherited from my grandfather. There seems to be mass amnesia (no pun intended) about this mass, and it's amazing to see that people actually study it.

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