The other day I received and reviewed the Altar Edition of the new Roman Missal (with the new corrected translation) published by the Catholic Truth Society in England. It is a wonderful book, and on reflection I think it is in many ways superior to the US editions.
“But Father! But Father!”, some of you are now saying. “That’s a great book if you are a priest at the altar. What about us out here in the pews? What about us?”
Thanks for asking. Today I received CTS’s People’s Edition. A fine book it is too! Here are some photos.
The binding is smooth, cloth bound. The book, once it has been open and loosens up a bit, lies open well.
The pages are not gilded. The Order of Mass is easy to find. Guess how.
You can see two ribbons.
The type is clean and clear.
Again, there is beautiful art work
Bonuses: Latin propers are included in side-by-side columns with the new, corrected English translation, which can make this also useful for study. Also, you can see part of the excerpt of a reflection by Pope Benedict XVI, included at the beginning of each Mass formulary.
Readings are from the Jerusalem Bible, except for the Psalm texts.
Very useful could be the classic “Preparation for Mass” section many old hand missals and all altar missals had.
There is a solid examination of conscience and structure or order for making a confession.
In the Order, there is musical notion. Gregorian for the Latin side and modern for the English side.
In the back of the book there are texts for devotions, such as Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations. You find other standard Catholic prayers.
Nice book! It weighs 1.53 lbs (604 g). By comparison, the beautiful hand missal by Baronius Press for the Extraordinary Form is 1.65 lbs (638).
People who are interested in following the new Mass with the new translation, and also have the Latin for most of the orations, will find this useful. The curious or the studious can double-check the new text against the facing Latin.