Celebrating Easter

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Printed Book








Printed on Paper


14 × 8.3 × 2.4 in. (33 × 21 × 6 cm)

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This edition of the Missale Romanum (“Roman Missal”) helped standardize the way Catholics celebrated Mass for nearly four centuries. The Council of Trent enacted reforms to the Mass with the aim of creating uniformity in Catholic worship. In 1570, Pope Pius V fulfilled this decree by promulgating the Roman Missal, which contained all the texts, instructions, rubrics, and some of the music needed for the Catholic liturgy. This 1572 edition was published in Antwerp by the famous Plantin-Moretus press founded by Christophe Plantin, and is regarded by some as a masterpiece in typography. The “Tridentine Mass” defined in its pages would remain largely unchanged until the Second Vatican Council.

Printed in 1572 by Christophe Plantin, printer, Belgium. Purchased by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas;[1] Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Information from Sidney Ohlhausen via email, December 2020.

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