[quote="JeffRFitz, post:1, topic:308465"]
I'm hoping someone can provide me a clear understanding which pages to turn for the priest. The missal used is the recently "released" or "updated" Roman Missal.
If I remember correctly I am to be beside the priest after the Presentation of the Gifts.
I don't know if the American Missal has tabs like the Canadian one, but after the preparation you turn to the 2nd one ("Blessed are you, Lord God..."). That lasts until the "Pray brethren, that my sacrifice...".
Next is the prayer over the gifts (Proper of Seasons at the front, unless it's a saint and it's in the Proper of Saints/Commons). There should be a ribbon for it.
Next is the preface (which is after the Proper of Seasons if I remember right, before the Ordinary). There should be a ribbon here. The "Holy Holy" is sung.
Eucharistic Prayer in next. In our edition, 1-4 have tabs that can be flipped to. Generally they are just prayed from start to finish in the same section (*EP1 has some differences based on the season or feast day).
After the Doxology, it's the Lord's Prayer (which I believe has another tab in our edition), and the Ordinary follows that until communion.
[quote="ConstantineTG, post:3, topic:308465"]
Don't they mark the pages with the ribbons?
I agree with this. Like I said, the Canadian one has tabs and plenty of ribbons (an excessive number even, probably to overcompensate for the fact that the old one had fewer ribbons and no tabs).
If they aren't using ribbons, then they should be, it's why they're there. Mass is not suppose to be a game or test of "find the right page". That's why we have an Ordo book that tells us what pages to use for everyday (and suggestions during Ordinary Time) so that there's no guesswork involved.
[quote="Mrs_Sally, post:2, topic:308465"]
An ordinary altar server doesn't normally turn the pages for the priest. He either turns them himself or the deacon does it.
This is exactly how we do it in my Seminary. The deacon handles the pages, and if there is none then it's the priest's job. The altar servers sit off to the side.
Our Cathedral recently changed to this too. The server use to flip the pages, but now the server stands or kneels off to the side (mirroring what the congregation is doing). The College chapel I use to regularly attend (and altar served at) never had the server flip pages, it was always the priest. Our bishop almost always has an MC (who's a priest or deacon) to fulfill that part.
I would actually say that for all I've seen, an altar server flipping pages seems to be an oddity or exception rather than the rule, at least around here.