Allright…this Latin Mass is new for me. I have only been a few times…I love it. I am getting better at understanding it and keeping up with it. The problem I am having is that I don’t really know how to follow along in my Missal. I have the St. Andrew Daily Missal. I don’t even know what page I should start on at the beginning of each Mass. I really, really would appreciate it if someone would help me navigate this 2,000+ page Missal and tell me how to use it properly. Thanks.
Start with bookmarking the propers and Ordinary of the Mass.
I know I sound dumb…Im really not though…this is just really new to me and confusing…would you mind explaining what you mean a little better. Sorry I fee really dumb right now.
[quote=Iohannes]Start with bookmarking the propers and Ordinary of the Mass.
First of all I want to say that you have selected an excellent version of the Missal! The instructions are to lengthy to put into threads. But the above response is a start. You must learn how to go from the Ordinary of the Mass to the Proper and back again to the Ordinary and so forth. You would normally start the Mass in the Ordinary with theSign of the Cross followed by thePrayers at the Foot of the Altar(I will go to the Altar of God…). Sometimes this is recognizable with red print interladen in the text.Then after the Gloria, you would go to the Proper of the Day, like xx Sunday after Pentacost. There you would find the Collect and readings and other necessary prayers for the Mass. After the readings you would return to the Ordinary for the Creed. By now you will be in the flow of things and maybe can follow. The most important part of the Mass, the Canon, is in the ordinary. It is hard to follow the Priest in all these things. He may be faster than you are!! Then you will panic and lose conscentration on the Mass. My recommendation is to participate in the prayers at the foot of the altar, the Confiteor, the Gloria, the Collect, the Creed, the Our Father, Agnus Dei, the final Blessing, and the Last Gospel. Whew!! It will come with time. An excellent book for attending the Tridentine Mass is by St. Leonard. OOps, I forgot the title. It is published by Tan Books, and title has Mass in it. By the way the Canon of the Tridentine Mass is almost equivalent to the Eucharistic Prayer I of the New Mass. The Canon is said in silence and is the Work of the Priest. We cannot do what he can do and that is transubstantiation. We pray at this moment on Calvary and listen to the bell that brings for Christ’s Death, The separation of the Body and Blood of our Lord. Later in the Mass a Piece of the Sacred Host is put into the Chalice to represent His Ressurrection! I hope this helps some! There is alot to learn, but with alittle perseverance it will begin to come together.
[quote=dumspirospero]… I don’t really know how to follow along in my Missal. I have the St. Andrew Daily Missal. I don’t even know what page I should start on at the beginning of each Mass. I really, really would appreciate it if someone would help me navigate this 2,000+ page Missal and tell me how to use it properly. Thanks.
The mass starts on page 953 of the July 1999 reprint…the Mass of the Catechumens.
Check your church bulletin. Some will tell you where to put yoru markers for the next week’s Mass. BTW, I am have heard that the St. Andrew Missal is a good one. I plan to buy one for myself soon.
I have the St. Andrew Missal and I love it. Of course, it takes a short while to actually get used to the Mass and the Missal. Don’ t worry, though, you’ll have it down before you know it.
I would seek out one of the ushers before Mass and explain to him your problem and ask him if he could give you some instruction on the missal use after Mass.
It probably won’t take but a few minutes and will be a lot more effective than for us trying to do it for you online.
I don’t use the missal you have but usually there is an Order of the Mass that has the “ordinaries”, that is the things that do not change from week to week.
Then there will be the “propers” - the things that do change from week to week. Finding out where you are on the liturgical calender will help with that.
Next Sunday will be the 14th Sunday After Pentecost -
This page could help you find which propers you need for each Sunday
Thanks to all for your help…it has helped more than you will ever know., God Bless you all. I am on a constant journy of enlightenment. I love Catholicism so dearly. Hopefully I will get it down soon. Thanks and God Bless, Sonny