The kind folks at Baronius Press sent me a few of their publications: the small blue volume of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Bible with the Douay-Reims version, and their highly touted daily hand missal for Holy Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum.
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Let’s look at the hand missal.
First, it was a real pleasure to see this book again. I had seen one once before during a trip to the UK. This time I had a chance to give it a good examination.
The leather binding should prove to be very durable and there is a good number of ribbons. The book lies open fairly well enven though it is not broken in. The pages are gilded and the paper is extremely thin but strong. This keeps the book thin and comfortable in the hand, which is very important to me.
There are good features, including an appendix with propers for regions, as in the UK and the USA.
There is a section with the little office which would be good for lay people in their devotional prayer.
Also, in the appendix, there is a section with the normal chants for Mass in good Gregorian notation:
The section you would use the most is well laid out:
I am impressed by this hand missal which, so far, is probably the best I have seen. If you are looking for something for yourself or as a gift, this would be a great choice.
Also, I think it would be good to support Baronius at the moment. They are going to be preparing an altar missal and no doubt need the cash flow to keep it going. If their altar missal is as nice as the hand missal, it will be a wonderful tool. They are also working on other titles, such as an English-Latin Breviary.
If you have more questions, contact them here and tell them Fr. Z sent you.