Shown is a Ritual Size Roman Missal from Liturgical Training Publications.
This is obviously not a pew missal but the actual missal that a priest will use at the altar to pray the Mass. Few get to see the Roman Missal up close and so I thought I’d share some pictures for those who have never seen one.
There are several publishers of chapel size (smaller) and ritual size (larger) Roman Missals. This particular Missal was on clearance sale for a very attractive price. CAF user FrDavid96 (Father David) suggested that the sale might be an effort by LTP to clear out the stock of old Missals which do not include St. Joseph’s name in Eucharistic Prayers II-IV as was recently required by Rome. Fr. David’s suspicion is likely correct as this Missal does not include St. Joseph in the three EP’s. Most priests with older missals do it by memory or have a note in the margin to include St. Joseph’s name.
With or without St. Joseph, $60 for ritual size Roman Missal is a bargain and so I present it for your viewing and discussing pleasure. Commentary inline…
The **General Instruction of the Roman Missal **is in the front of the book.
The photograph shows the tabs which the priest or emcee will use to quickly find the appropriate parts of the book - Order of Mass (OM), Eucharistic Prayers I-IV, Prefaces, Masses for Various Needs, Communion Rite, Solemn Blessings and so forth. They really don’t want the priest or emcee fumbling with pages so every page for Eucharistic Prayers I-IV are tabbed, not just the first page.
This is a typical page for a Sunday showing the opening antiphon, collect and prayer over the offerings. This particular Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, has a proper preface before the Eucharistic prayer and so that is shown with chant notation. The word proper means that something specific is required for that day. Since this is Lent, the priest has to say that particular Preface prayer and cannot choose his own.
This is the collect prayed after the Gloria during the Easter Vigil.
This is one of the prefaces to the Eucharistic Prayer which may be used at the priest’s discretion during ordinary time. Each preface has a theme. This particular preface’s theme is “The Mystery of Salvation”.