A question from a priest reader:
Hi Fr. Z.
Thank you for your work. I have been a priest for sixteen months and have a desire to learn the EF, and some of my parishioners are even asking for it and would attend if I offered it. My best friend, a priest in ___, and I have plans to visit the good Fathers of St. John Cantius in Chicago for training when the time permits.
My inquiry is this. I am visually handicapped and find it hard to read the large OF Sacramentary on a missal stand. The EF altar Missals I have seen have even smaller print than that, and it is usually bunched up.
I would not be able to see those…let alone use altar cards.
Do you know of anyone who prints a larger Missal? Would it be tacky to print larger texts for myself and have them in a binder? Please advise if you can.
I know there are some very large editions of the old Missale with larger print. They tend very old editions, reeeally large, and I am sure very hard to find.
I think in your situation using a binder, as elegant as possible, might be a good idea. Perhaps you could get high quality color enlarged photocopies of the whole of the Ordinary, and then add the Propers you need as you go. I think this could be done well and it wouldn’t be tacky at all. Also, I am sure everyone would understand why you were doing it and no one in their right mind would complain.
In Italy there are some very beautiful document "binders" for presentation of important documents. I don’t know what things are available in the USA. Surely some readers will know more.
I hesitate to add this, for surely a few people will freak out… but once upon a time in a WDTPRS column I joked about having a liturgical laptop Missal: Sacramentarium Cyberense Romanum. And because you just can’t make some things up fast enogh… I must also confess that I once wound up saying Mass privately from a laptop. My missal had grown legs and I was stuck for a couple days somewhere without any book. It was use the laptop or not say Mass at all. I chose the laptop. I had no printer where I was. I had digitally photographed the whole 1962 Missale Romanum and had it on my hard drive. I just copied the necessary pages to a folder, numbered them in order so all I had to do with the Picture Manager was click to "turn" the "page". It worked fairly well. I am not saying that that is a long term solution, but it could help you at least during the learning process.
Maybe some folks here have a recommendation or two.
Thanks and persevere!