Recently found out that there is one parish in my diocese that offers the Tridentine Mass. I headed there last Sunday, only to find out that the Latin Mass was actually one hour earlier than the time posted on the website but that is a different story. Since it was a thirty mile drive for me, I stayed for the next Mass, but used the time in between Masses to leaf through the Latin Mass booklet, and came to the following conclusion: Unless I want to be playing around with reading glasses all through Mass, I need to get a Latin-English Missal in large type!
I’d prefer relatively inexpensive, as I know I’m going to spend most Sundays at my own parish (no Tridentine Mass there, not yet, anyways!) And I’m going to wait for the dust to settle on the transition to the new translation of the Mass before I buy a new English language Missal. One of the nice things about the current NO pew missal in my church is that I can actually see the print, and don’t have to put my glasses on/take them off to go to communion so I don’t trip over my own two feet, etc. Hate to say that, but it’s just a practical reality for me.
So a couple of questions here:
- For other presbyopians (those of us who see a blur of print instead of actual words when we open a book,) is the larger print actually readable, or will I still be fooling with reading glasses? If so, not much point in getting one of my own.
- What Latin-English missal do you recommend?