Roman catholic rules for dating
Specimens of such medieval predecessors of the Ritual are the Manuale Curatorum of Roeskilde in Denmark (first printed 1513, ed. Freisen, Paderborn, 1898), and the Liber Agendarum of Schleswig (printed 1416, Paderborn, 1898).
The Roeskilde book contains the blessing of salt and water, baptism, marriage, blessing of a house, visitation of the sick with viaticum and extreme unction, prayers for the dead, funeral service, funeral of infants, prayers for pilgrims, blessing of fire on Holy Saturday, and other blessings.
The bishop's functions (ordination, confirmation, et cetera) filled the Pontifical, the priest's offices (baptism, penance, matrimony, extreme unction, etc.) were contained in a great variety of little handbooks, finally replaced by the Ritual. The book under this name occurs already in the eighth century (Pontifical of Egbert).
From the ninth there is a multitude of Pontificals.
He says: "Wherefore we exhort in the Lord" that it should be adopted.The contents of the Ritual and Pontifical were in the Sacramentaries.In the Eastern Churches this state of things still to a great extent remains.First, various books were issued at Rome with the idea of securing uniformity, but without official sanction.Albert Castellani in 1537 published a Sacerdotale of this kind; in 1579 at Venice another version appeared, arranged by Grancesco Samarino, Canon of the Lateran; it was re-edited in 1583 by Angelo Rocca. Severina, printed a handbook of rites for the use of priests, which, as Paul V says, "he had composed after long study and with much industry and labor" (Apostolicae Sedis). In 1614 Paul V published the first edition of the official Ritual by the Constitution "Apostolicae Sedis" of 17 June.