Posted by: rbbadger | November 20, 2009

Dat Boexken van der Missen

For the Catholics and others who peruse these pages, I thought you might like to see this set of beautiful old Dutch woodcuts which I found on an Anglican site.  They are taken from an old Dutch booklet on the Mass printed in Antwerp, Belgium in 1507.  Here’s an example of one of the woodcuts.

You can access this booklet by clicking here.  There are also some lovely Anglican drawings of the ceremonial for High Mass.  In the 19th century, many areas of the Anglican world began to look once again at the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism.  In some places, they adopted the ceremonial of the Roman Catholic Church to fit the Book of Common Prayer.  Many of those who have converted to Catholicism from the Episcopal or other Anglican commuities have a background in High Church Anglicanism.  They are sometimes referred to as Anglo-Catholics.  There are a few Episcopal parishes left such as St. Clement’s in Philadelphia which still maintain the old Tridentine forms of the liturgy, but generally celebrate it in English with the texts of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer grafted on.  Here’s one of the images from the Society of Ss. Peter and Paul booklet Pictures of the English Liturgy.

You may see and enjoy these images by clicking here.



  1. The pictures are awesome!

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