I would like to purchase a Mass book for my two oldest sons, ages 7 and 9. Essentially, I want something that contains all of the prayers and responses for the Mass (i.e., the prayers and responses that are standard for every Mass, but not necessarily the prayers that change from day to day). I want a book that is short, simple, and easy to use. But I don’t want a book that has cartoonish drawings and that is targeted to small children, because these two boys are already a bit old for that, and I want this to be something nice that they can continue to use for years to come. Also, if I could find a book that has the Latin prayers and responses side-by-side with the new English translation, that would be wonderful, so that we could try learning a few of the simple responses in Latin. (This is for the ordinary form of the Mass, not the extraordinary/Tridentine form of Mass.)
I’m not really looking for a missal that has all of the Sunday or daily readings. I am thinking that this would be a bit too complicated for the kids to follow, and this would make the book much larger, which I don’t want.
I considered a subscription to MagnifiKid (by Magnificat), but I probably will not go this route for two reasons:
*]It is a yearly subscription, rather than just buying a book once and being done with it. In addition to the factor of cost, I think it would be more special to the kids to have their own books than to have their own magazine subscriptions.
*]According to the sample pages on their web site, they show the priest’s parts in green, and the people’s parts in red, with no indicator other than color for which parts are which. This could be a problem for one of my sons who has some red/green colorblindness. (I guess I will have him look at the sample page, to see how well he can differentiate the colors, though the colors may look a bit different in print.)
(On the plus side for MagnifiKid, each issue has all of the Mass readings for that month, without having to lug around a huge missal. And it has other good content too, like the short morning and evening prayers for kids. I guess I am still considering MagnifiKid.)
Other than MagnifiKid, the best candidate I have found so far is this book from the Catholic Company:
However, without being able to look inside the book, I am not sure if this one is really what I am looking for.
One final point: I know that my boys could use the missals that are in the pews at church, but those books are so big that it can be a bit intimidating finding the right page. (Even for me as an adult, I can’t always find the right page immediately, without quite a bit of flipping around.) Also, if they have their own books, they can take them when we visit other parishes, and they can practice the responses with me at home.
Any suggestions for a book that fits what I am looking for?