In my single days, I never used to have a problem following along with the TLM. Now that I have small children, though, I’m often distracted… which means that I end up spending a significant amount of time flipping around in the missal, trying to find the place where we are right now. The ribbons are helpful, but they just get me to the general vicinity, not exactly to the right spot. (And that’s assuming I know whether we’re in the Ordinary or the Propers, which isn’t always the case. )
I do know some Latin, so that’s not really the problem. It’s more that I don’t have an intuitive sense of the different parts of the Mass… what just happened, what’s coming next, etc. Until I can grasp this, does anyone know of a “cheat sheet” or summary (ideally with some sort of color-coding, or other visual cues) that would be small enough to tuck inside a missal? I’ve even thought about using Post-It flags, labeled with the major prayers, changes in posture, etc., but that seems kind of cheesy.
I’m currently using the Baronius Press Latin-English missal, but would certainly consider switching if someone knows of one with an easier-to-follow layout.
(I’ve also used the St. Joseph Sunday Missal, which is English-only and doesn’t require flipping back and forth – but I actually found it more difficult to find my place again, without the Latin at hand.)