The Ransom Prayer Book (Guild of Our Lady of Ransom 75p).
As prices go, this is good value for money. Its 108 pages contain a warm recommendation from Cardinal Basil Hume and an enlighting introduction by Mgr Stark.
This is followed by the Guild Service for the Conversion of England and Wales, then the Jesus Psalter composed by a fellow of Queen's College, Cam bridge, who was a personal friend of St Thomas More, a confrere of St Richard Reynolds and a member of the Order of the Most Holy Saviour, or Brigettines of Syon.
It was a favourite devotion of English Catholics in the days of persecution and inspired many of our forbears in their Faith. This is followed by a litany of English and Welsh saints and martyrs.
Next comes the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, the Memorare and prayers for the Church. Then, on facing pages, are to be found the prayers of Holy Mass in Latin and in English.
There are special prayers for Ransom pilgrimage Masses, such as the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom, St Gregory the Great, St David of Wales, St Augustine of Canterbury, St Bede, St Edward, St Alban, St Thomas of Canterbury, Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, and the forty Martyres of England and Wales.
This booklet, in blue paperback, deserves special mention because its issue corresponds with the opening year of the second centenary of the only English Catholic Society which has had from its foundation, the successive Popes as president and protector.
The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom was founded in 1887 and is unique in that it is growing in membership and activities at the present day. This is a book worth having.
Fr Leo Smith SDS