One can strive for a balance during Christmastime. One does not need to buy into the orgy of conspicuous consumption that is the reality of our world today, although I’ll grant you that this can be a challenge if one has children, along with relatives who want to procure for them lots of stuff. I am not, however, an iconoclast (or, more properly, a “giftoclast”) and a reasonable amount of stuff is nice, both to give and to receive. Thus, I pass along a few links which may be of interest. Please note: there’s no “pay per click” or any other financial thing going along with Una Voce Maine and the following list. I’m just passing along some things I’ve picked up along my way. Also, I know you can get stuff (especially books and so forth) on Amazon, usually cheaper than the sources I list. Shop wherever you think best.
I’ve bought stuff from The Cloister Shoppe for many years. It is the gift shop of the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Summit, New Jersey and they have lots of great items not just for Christmastime but for use throughout the year. In addition to the candles, soaps and what have you, there’s a CDs section which has some beautiful offerings. If you buy something, tell ‘em Una Voce Maine sent you! (just another way of spreading the word…)
Along the music line, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have released another CD, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. It’s their second, I think. I have Mater Eucharistiae, useful for soothing the savage beast in the midst of commuting frenzy. They, too, have an online gift shop with, well, lots of stuff.
Mystic Monk Coffee. These guys are great! They are real honest to gosh Carmelite Monks located in Cody, Wyoming. You can read about how they got into the coffee business here. The subscription service is just spiffy, the stuff shows up at your door, no muss, no fuss. Managing the subscription is easy, and if you should find you need to call them for some issue, you actually get one of the monks on the phone – I guess it would be the “duty monk of the day” or something (sorry, 20 years of the Navy doesn’t go away easily). It’s true, I learned about them on Fr. Z's Blog. (It helps him out, too, if you buy through him…) The coffee makes great gifts for office personnel. And, while we’re on stuff cribbed from Fr. Z’s blog, the Benedictine Monks of Nursia, IT (birthplace of St. Benedict) have a US online store. And while we’re on Fr. Z, he has a few more suggestions here.
Lots of great publishers out there. Baronius Press has a selection of 1962 Daily Missals along with a selection of bibles. The Knox Translation is a particularly graceful and orthodox alternative to some of the other English translations out there. Along the lines of Missals, a little history on the current (N.O.) Missal in daily use now, the Missale Romanum (editio typica tertia)is available through the USCCB here. The Missal itself is available here. I’ve had one sine the “typical 3rd edition” came out, and use it to follow along just as I use the 1962 Missal in those vanishingly rare instances where I actually have the opportunity to assist at Mass in the Extraordinary Form. You can learn a lot from either, or both, of these Missals, not just about the readings of the day, but about the liturgy in general. Plus, they are both packed with prayers and editio typica tertia is just so much nicer than those cheesy paperback throaways that populate most parish pews. There’s a whole webpage on Missals here.
The National Catholic Register’s 2017 Gift Guide is here.
For your parish priest, you might consider a gift copy of Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family. This is topical, and certainly a nice augment to the ongoing Diocesan catechesis on Amoris laetitia. Or, we have Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s The Spirit of the Liturgy. It can’t hurt. Indeed, if he’s a reader, Ignatius Press has pretty much the entire Ratzinger collection, as well as works by other luminaries such as Robert Cardinal Sarah. For things liturgical related to the Ordinary Form (let’s be realistic here) we have The Adoremus Hymnal for him to peruse. It is developed for the Novus ordo, appropriate to Adoremus, the group whose mission is to foster “the sound formation of Catholic laity in matters relating to the Church’s worship consistent with the Second Vatican Council and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and aids Catholics (including priests and seminarians) with reliable information and encouragement. Adoremus provides sound resources to promote a more reverent, beautiful, and holy celebration of the Mass and other forms of worship.” Leaving aside the various comparisons between the OF and the EF, there’s no question (in my mind, anyway) that a parish priest who fully took to heart the recommendations and various tools (such as the Hymnal cited above) in his performance of the Ordinary Form, would soon find his church filled to the rafters and the subject of stories in the secular media. But then, I think that is true, even more so, were he to implement the EF.