"Prayers and Ceremonies of the Holy Mass" by Dom Prosper Gueranger
Dom Guéranger was the author of The Liturgical Year, which covers every day of the Catholic Church's Liturgical Cycle. Guéranger, the Abbot of Solesmes, restored the Priory of Solesmes. Guéranger was well regarded by Pope Pius IX, and was a proponent of the dogmas of papal infallibility and the Immaculate Conception.
Translated from the French by Rev. Dom Laurence Shepherd
Have you ever wondered...
Why does the priest kiss the Altar at Mass?
Why does he pray the Canon in silence?
Why are the Epistle and the Gospel read at opposite sides of the Altar?
What is the meaning of ad orientem?
Why are the Ite Missa est and the Blessing not given at a Requiem Mass?