I just received my first missal for use in worship at my Roman Catholic parish. I have to say it is very different then what I am use to in my Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. The liturgy is straight forward. There are not various forms of Eucharistic and other liturgical pieces found within the missal.
I picked this missal up for $14. It is in remarkable condition. It is the revised edition that includes the new Mass rubrics and Holy Week Liturgy. The date on it is 1964. I am not sure if this is a reprint or an old missal. It has all the old timey pictures of Jesus and the last supper.
The text is clear and easy to read. The actual size of print is quite large considering the size of the book. The layout is Latin on one page and English on the other. For the most part you can move from one page to the next with no confusion. The only complaint I have with this missal is that the propers are in English only. The section of additional prayers in the back is nice, but it would be really nice if there were more. Again for what I paid who could complain.
I would really like to buy a nicer missal someday. At this time I didn’t want to invest so much money into a prayer book that could end up on a shelf. If we end up going to a Novus Ordo parish.
Today will be the first day I get to use it at a Sunday Mass. I am so looking forward to having it. Using a Missal for me helps feel more connected to the service. I don’t think I could have found one that would make the transition from not only Anglican worship to Roman Catholic, but Latin at that.