OF all the liturgies in which the high solemnity of the Mass is enshrined none more expresses the complex and variegated mind of Western Catholicism than that now in use throughout the major part of Christendom. In it, as in some great cathedral in which is gathered in one comprehensive whole, delighting both the mind and the eye, the rich architectural genius of several ages and hands, is to be found traces of almost every century of the faith and life of the Church, past and present bound together in a satisfying completeness, a reliquary worthy of its Divine Content. It is this rite-· -of which Dr. Nairne, late Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge, wrote, 'The Canon of the Roman Mass is the best of prayers (if not, indeed, the best of all Latin compositions) in its direct, unadorned prayerfulness' -which is followed in these pages.
Bede Frost The Meaning of Mass
Alexander Nairne Regius Professor of Divinity Cambridge