I received by mail a book from The Continuum Publishing Group of London who have reprinted The Layman’s Missal and Prayer Book originally printed by Burns & Oates.
This is very compact volume which has the texts for Holy Mass and for other sacraments as well as Vespers for feasts. There are indices of for the readings and hymns, which makes it useful.
It was updated to include the new form of the Good Friday prayer for Jews imposed on the 1962 Missale Romanum by Pope Benedict XVI.
It is leather bound and has three ribbons.
First the volume as a very tight binding, so much so that after I opened it, it stayed partly open. It will probably loosen up at bit. But the text margin is close to the binding.
Also, this is a printing of the pre-1962 Missale Romanum, which is clear from the lack of St. Joseph in the Roman Canon. A small detail which most people can easily deal with.
While this book follows the pre-Conciliar calendar, when it comes to the table of movable feasts, the original table was printed.
Thus you can readily check when the date of Easter fell, for example, up until 1980. I don’t know what problems they might have had with the reprint, but if they updated the Good Friday prayer for Jews, why on earth didn’t they update the table for movable feasts?
I am scratching my head over that.
The main advantage to this book is is great portability.
Buy it also on Amazon for less.