I’m new to traditional Catholicism and have attended the Tridentine Mass only a few times; but I’m already seriously considering investing in a 1962 missal to aid in really becoming familiar with this beautiful and ancient liturgy. I’ve basically narrowed my choices down to two: the missals produced by Baronius Press and Angelus Press. They contain, in addition to the text of the Mass, a lot of other traditional material which I’d love to have. I can’t make up my mind between the two, though! I have no aesthetic preferences with respect to binding or the physical structure of the book. I’m also young so my eyesight is pretty much tiptop and I have no problems with small font or weird layouts. My qualms with the SSPX and the kinds of books their press publishes are minor at most but still something to consider; I’d rather financially support Baronius, for example. I also heard that these two missals were pretty much almost exactly the same except for certain important things which concern me:
- The Angelus has one extra votive Mass whereas the Baronius is missing it. Is this important? I don’t even know what a votive Mass is yet so…
- The Angelus apparently has 39 votive collects whereas the Baronius Press description doesn’t include that. I’m not sure if the description just didn’t include this and it’s actually in the missal or if the missal itself does not have these votive collects.
- The Angelus has the “Conclusions of Collects” whereas the Baronius doesn’t mention this in the description. So again, is this an omission in the description or an mission in the actual missal itself?
- The Angelus has texts for the sacraments whereas the Baronius doesn’t. This kind of sucks because it would be nice to pass on the missal to future generations and although I can’t imagine anyone inviting me to a traditional 1962-style First Communion or Extreme Unction or Baptism, I figure maybe future generations may be in that situation…
- Finally and most importantly, I’m Canadian. It’s said that the Baronius has the “supplements for special masses” for England, Wales, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and USA but there’s no mention of Canada… am I suppose to assume that collectively, all those other anglophone countries have the Canadian feasts? The trouble with the Angelus in this case is that it has those supplements for USA and Canada but my curiosity and my “collector’s instinct” is a little unsatisfied at not having the supplements for special masses for the other countries.
I was wondering if you guys could comment on these and possibly help me tip the scales to one missal or the other.
Finally, I was wondering if there were any French-Latin 1962 Missals? I speak it fluently and if there are any well-known ones that are more comprehensive than even the Baronius and the Angelus, I’d get that…
On a related but different note, I’m excited for the bilingual Breviarium Romanum that Barius Press is soon to be releasing. I’m a little wary that there could be possible English and Latin errors which apparently the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary had and it would suck to pay so much to be annoyed by little things like that. I’m also a little baffled as to why it’s being released in three giant volumes instead of the more traditional four smaller volumes. Does anyone know what the organizational style might be?
Thanks in advance, everyone! =D