At long last I received my new altar edition of the Roman Missal by the Catholic Truth Society in England. The book was ridiculously held up in customs. I have looked virtually all the new missals. I really like this one. It is an English edition, not an American edition. But that doesn’t make too much difference to me.
There was a story in the Catholic Herald about the making of these missals.
Opening the box you find that the book is within a cloth bag, to protect it.
The book’s outta da bag. Beautiful.
Behold the Altar Missal edition.
Here is a close up of the leather.
There is a little bit of padding under the leather of the bind, which gives the book a very nice feel. The book feels valuable and special and worthy for use at the altar in front of people.
Turning to the inside, there is beautiful art. The Magnificat edition also has a lot of art, most of it, if memory served, full-page. I think I like this better.
This is what the musical notation looks like.
In the back there are tones for singing readings. And some of the readings for some feasts are provided.
I was very pleased with this splendid book. Again, it is a British edition of the Missale Romanum and, therefore, it does not have the adaptations for the USA. Those don’t enter into play very much, except perhaps on days such as American Thanksgiving Day, for which there is a Mass formulary in the USA.
I am pretty sure that at this late date most of my priest friends have chosen their editions of the new Roman Missal. However, if someone out there is not certain about what to get, I liked this wonderful volume. Also, if you are looking for a nice gift for a priest, and you know he doesn’t have his own edition, check this out.
This book, along with some of the other editions I have seen, suggest that the silly season for liturgical books is well and truly over. If the new CDW “team” for liturgical decorum and ars celebrandi is going to oversee (in some still nebulous way) things destined for sacred use, they are not going to have to worry that this book is unworthy.