Will someone please explain to me all the missals?

I keep seeing different missals mentioned, which came out in different years.

Exactly how many different missals are there and why? And which one is which for which Mass? Etc.

Thanks in advance!

I have no idea how many of these there are. Basically different publishing companies publish their own versions, using the same Latin texts (I assume we’re talking TLM missals), but maybe having their own unofficial English translations; some will have the Latin prayers and translations while some will have only translations in missals for the laity; they’ll have different line art, typefaces, introductions, and prayers for personal use.

There are hand missals, which the laity use to follow along at Mass, and altar missals, which priests use to read the words and actions of the Mass.

And you can tell which Mass it’s for by looking at the publication year. If it’s old, it’s for the last Mass promulgated before its publication date. For example, I have a Missal published in 1959. It’s for the Order of Mass promulgated in '58. There aren’t very large differences between that and '62 though so I use it for the latter. If it’s a recent Missal for the Tridentine Mass, it will be for the 1962 form.

Make sense?

And you can tell which Mass it’s for by looking at the publication year. If it’s old, it’s for the last Mass promulgated before its publication date. For example, I have a Missal published in 1959. It’s for the Order of Mass promulgated in '58. There aren’t very large differences between that and '62 though so I use it for the latter. If it’s a recent Missal for the Tridentine Mass, it will be for the 1962 form.

Make sense?

Not completely, as there was no Order of Mass promulgated in 1958. To what do you refer?

Are you referring to hand-held missals used by the laity, or the altar missals used by the priest in celebrating Mass?

Altar missals:

2002 Missal (in Latin or many vernaculars)
1962 Missal (only in Latin)

Handmissals:

1962 Angelus Press
1962 Baronius Press
1952 St. Andrew
1945 Fr. Lasance
1959 St. Joseph’s Daily
others?

I was just given one by a friend. She knows I rescue Missals :smiley: .

If anyone can tell me about this one please do.

It is a:

St. Johns Missal
for every day

Newly revised in accordance with the new Code of Rubrics

BALCO CATHOLIC
SUPPLY CO
New York 7 N. Y.

January 7, 1962

This only has the Latin in the center part of the Missal and the Ordinary of the Mass for High Mass. The Low Mass is all in english. So this one is strange to me. Anyone else have this one?

In reference to the Missal I spoke about. The graphics are one sided and on firmer paper. Beautifully done.

Not completely, as there was no Order of Mass promulgated in 1958. To what do you refer?

Oh whoops… um, it was sometime around that, like 1955 then? It wasn’t a new Order, it was a rubrical revision, sorry about the confusion; I think it had to do with Holy Week. Unless that was the '62 change. I don’t quite remember.

Here we go, from Wikipedia:

Missals printed from 1955 onward already replaced the 1920 Missal’s Holy Week and Easter Vigil texts with the radically revised ones that Pope Pius XII ordered to be used.

There was a 1920 typical edition that stood until 1955, when the Holy Week rites were revised, and the kalendar was also reformed that same year (minor revisions, compared to what would happen later).

In 1960 the rubrics for Mass were revised by Blessed John XXIII. Perfidious was dropped from the Good Friday prayers for the Jews, the Confiteor before communion was dropped, though it was permitted to continue “where it was established custom.”

In 1962 St. Joseph was added to the Canon of the Mass and four optional additional prefaces were added.

After that it was all downhill, beginning in late 1964.

I think you answered my question about the St John Missal. Thank you.

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