The various liturgical rites of the Church
(the Mass, baptisms, confession, etc.) are carefully laid out ceremonies that must be celebrated in accordance with official Church law as found in the various liturgical documents and books. This section of the library contains the actual ceremonial texts as well as the official law included within those texts.
Most of the English texts found here for the 1970 Missal were written by the International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). The English texts for the 1962 missal are taken from the New Marian Missal or from the official 1964 book of rites (U.S.) which basically translated some of the other liturgical ceremonies such as baptism into English. The texts are included here for informational purposes only and may not be used for official liturgical celebrations. Liturgical celebrations under normal circumstances require the use of official liturgical books and do not allow binders or loose paper to take their place.
These texts apply to celebrations performed in the liturgical rites used before Vatican II. These rites are still lawful and are in use in hundreds of dioceses around the world. The pre-Vatican II Mass is frequently refered to as "Tridentine" because it is, with a few minor changes, the exact Mass codified following the Council of Trent.
The 1970 Missal is currently in its third edition but a fourth should be coming out in 2001. The 1970 Missal is the missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI following Vatican II. This missal is the standard or "normative" missal in use throughout most of the world. This missal is sometimes referred to as "Novus Ordo" which is Latin for New Order.