Rare book takes long journey to museum

The Museum of New Mexico's Fray AngA©lico ChA vez History Library recently purchased its first book printed by New Mexico's earliest publisher, Padre Antonio JosA© MartA nez, and is negotiating to buy another. Full Story
Juan Romero

Cranston, RI

#1 May 2, 2009
The Manualito de Parrocos, the bilingual (Latin-Spanish) ritual that Padre Martinez published on his press in 1839, at almost sixty pages, is almost twice as long as the speller that had been already published on that press that he soon came to own. It is a treasure not only for publishers, printers and book enthusiasts, but also for people interested in Catholic liturgy. Bilingual rituals (for funerals, weddings, and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) have become commonplace only within the past forty years. Indeed, he was "way ahead of his time," as has noted Msgr. Jerome Martinez, pastor of St. Francis Cathedral-Basilica in Santa Fe.
Juan Romero

Anaheim, CA

#2 Jun 25, 2010
The snippet has me in "Cranston, Rhode Island." I actually reside for the most part in Palm Springs. The online archives of the state of New Mexico has my treatment on the MANUALITO DE PARROCOS, a bilngual (Latin-Spanish) ritual/handbook for the administration of sacraments by parish priests.

For more on the life and legacy of Padre Martinez, see < thetaosconnection.com >.

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