It can take decades to rebuild it.
We will now have a new tool for the reconstruction which I believe His Holiness Pope Benedict desires in what I term his "Marshall Plan" for the Church.
Preserving Christian Publications has produced a reprint of the 1962 Missale Romanum in the Benziger Brothers’ edition… a classic.
The price: US$ 450.
If you are not in the USA…
NON-USA CUSTOMERS Please contact us by telephone, fax or e-mail to purchase a missal. We will need to determine the shipping costs based upon your region.
I have used the old-time Benzinger editions many times and they are legible and well-planned.
They bill this as:
…the ONLY reprinted missal available in complete conformity with the final revisions made by the Holy See in 1962 to the traditional Roman Missal.
I haven’t seen one yet, so I will believe that when I have a copy in my hands or I hear from other sources.
The volume is 1290 pages, and measures 83/8” x 11¼” (approximately 2¾” thick).
It seems to have good ribbons and page markers.
There are interesting photos of the printing process and assembly of the book here.
In case you are wondering what it has:
- St. Joseph’s name in the Canon (added in November 1962)
- ad libitum prefaces (added in April 1963 and which includes the restored Advent preface)
- pro aliquibus locis (for some places) section specifically for the USA dioceses (added in December 1962)
- imprimatur by Cardinal Spellman
The fastest way to see if your edition is really a 1962 edition is to check the Roman Canon to see if the name of St. Joseph is included. This was a change made by Bl. Pope John XXIII for the 1962 edition. St. Joseph’s name was not in the Canon before the 1962 edition.
To find out what edition you actually have, you can look at the "legal" documents at the beginning of any Missal. A Missal always includes the texts of the documents which promulgate the edition. Remember, "back in the day" publishing houses were given permission by the Holy See to print liturgical books. So, the publication date of an edition printed in the USA might actually be after the year of the edition.
Nevertheless, there ought to be also the addition of a letter from ecclesiastical authority that this volume conforms to the original. We recently had a question addressing that elsewhere.
In any event, they are taking great pains to differentiate their volume from another book published at the "1962" Missale,…
So unlike the other “1962” missal being offered in the USA…
It is offered in both a red binding and green. I have seen both colors of the original editions and the older timers are both handsome. It remains to be seen what hues of red and green this new volume has. I suppose the photos of the construction process on their site are to show us also how sturdy the binding is, which is a critical point for an altar missal.
It comes with a slip cover.
I am delighted that this new tool for the "Marshall Plan" exists.
In order to help revitalize our Catholic identity in every sphere of our lives, we must revitalize our worship. Celebrations of the older form of Mass will exert a powerful "gravitational pull" on the way the newer forms of worship are conducted.
Younger priests and laypeople especially will be on the forefront of this great undertaking.
But they need mentors.
They need training.
And they need books.