Some years ago I wrote in my weekly column in The Wanderer:
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, …. [It could be] covered with the color of the day and solemnly carried and incensed, etc. [From a digital Antiphonale] monks in choir stalls in a dark church would sing their office over glowing screens.
And because you just can’t make some things up fast enough… 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.
Now I read this.
iPad coming to church altars with daily missal app
(AP) – 50 minutes ago
ROME — An Italian priest has developed an iPad application that will let priests celebrate Mass with an iPad on the altar instead of the regular Roman missal.
The Rev. Paolo Padrini, a consultant with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Friday that the free application will be launched in July in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin. [In this case, I hope it will be complete. I found iBreviary to be… sub-optimal.]
Two years ago, Padrini developed the iBreviary, an application that brought the book of daily prayers used by priests onto iPhones. He said the iPad application is similar but also contains the complete missal — containing all that is said and sung during Mass throughout the liturgical year. [Since the Missal is less complicated, perhaps it will be complete. However…. will it be only the 2002 Missale Romanum? And what to do, for English, about the translation? Other languages have already updated their translations.]
Pope Benedict XVI has sought to reach out to young people through new media.
This might be useful for people in the pews.
Can you envision? Pews full of people following Mass on iPads? Would they also perhaps by watch YouTube videos?
Let’s have a little WDTPRS POLL.
Chose the best answer (even if the answer isn’t perfect) and give your reasons in the combox.
I think you would have to have 4 iPads for the traditional Mass.