Are you the kind who feels lost without a missal or a missalette at Mass? Do you have a nice Missal of your own, or use the parish’s missalette, or follow along without one? Does your parish priest support or frown upon the use of missal(ette)s?
Also, does the layout/structure of the missal you use matter to you? At the parish I grew up in and am returning to, they always had the Pray Together missal. I mean for decades. I found it very easy to follow. Then they switched recently to Today’s Missal which seems harder to follow - it may just be that it’s all black and white print whereas Pray Together had red and black.
The parish I attended last year in another part of town didn’t have missalettes in the pews, and I only found out before I moved away that there was a stack of them at the back that you could use. But they had the Sunday Mass readings as part of the hymnal. I guess the missalettes were for daily Masses.
Then when the wording of the Mass changed last year, that parish used a supplement in the hymnals for the parts of the Mass with new wording.
I wanted something that had all the Eucharistic Prayers, the new translation, and the readings, all together in one place, so I purchased a St. Joseph paperback missal of my own. They only go for one year and just Sundays, not weekdays. But I liked it and bought another one for 2013, which started today since it’s now Advent.
Some people can pay attention without a missal. I admire those people. My mind wanders! :rolleyes: