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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.

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Last Sunday my family visited Mater Dei. Most of you who know me know that I love liturgy. I absolutely love to experience different forms and Rites. I even enjoy experiencing worship practices of non liturgical churches.

Mater Dei offers 3 services on Sunday. Two are low Mass, and one sung Mass. Which is the middle one. The plan was to visit the sung Mass. Due to time and circumstance we were unable to make the earlier Mass time.

We arrived about thirty minutes early. Just to make sure we were situated and familiar with bathroom locations. The church was busy with a pancake breakfast being offered. Lots of people everywhere. We slipped in, and I am sure looked out of place. We made our way around and found the bathroom in the building next to the chapel. Everyone seemed warm and friendly.

So back to the the chapel. We entered opened the door and entered the nave. We slowly made our way to one of the back pews on the Epistle side. We get situated and look at the missal. Prepared my hear and self for Mass.

The nave is packed, and Mass is about to begin. I was taken back a bit by just the number of children and young families. This is not something I am use to seeing. Not even in the larger Episcopal parishes I have visited. The priest comes out and Mass begins.

Initially I tried to keep up using the missal, but being as far back as I was hearing the priest was next to impossible. I am familiar with the traditional Latin Mass, and the structure of a low Mass. No music except a hymn at the end. A few prayers were offered by all who were in participation. The rest was said by the priest with the responses by the server.

I expected this with attending a low Mass, but my family was not. Honestly I initially had mixed feelings about it. As Anglicans we frown of such liturgical practices. It is a reminder of a darker time of English Christianity.

Mary-Grace did really well for the first 20 or so minutes. She started to squirm as many 2 year olds do. Part way through the homily Kari took her out of the chapel and made her way to banishment. Yes the crying room. For some time I kept looking for their return.

As the priest continued with the liturgy I found myself in a prayerful state. It seemed so natural. I began to pray and offer various prayers. I entered into a very beautiful place of worship. Something I had not intended to happen.

Kari also found the whole experience favorable. While in the cry room she saw others in various states of prayer. All were being respectful to what was going on at the altar. A little one made friends straight away with Kari. She and him whispered to each other. As usual her charitable and tender nature came out.

We slipped out after the Mass was over. Not really taking a moment to talk to greet anyone. Neither of us are good with new settings. The talk in the car was very positive. We discussed fathers homily and the Fatima apparition. I was very convicted by the message the priest gave.

I am still reflecting and reading on the TLM. In time I will share more thoughts regarding the practice, and liturgy. I am sure this will not be our one and only visit to Mater Dei.

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Early this morning I was looking around online for a new prayer book. I have given away my only 1979 BCP to a friend who has none. I still have my trusty pocket 1928 and COE BCP. Still I have nothing to use at various services were one would bring a prayerbook with. Or for a special time at home were I might look up various prayers.

So today I settled on a nice 1979 Book of Common Prayer Gift Edition from Oxford University Press. It is leather bound, and a steal on Amazon for like $20. I have a larger then expected paycheck coming in. The timing is right, and I am excited!

except…… I have one problem. You see I was looking at The Monastic Diurnal that some day I hope to have, and I saw a link for Book of Common Prayer. I forgot this printer made a copy of the BCP. I also forgot how striking a book it is. What! can this be it is on sale for $15? Why that is 50% off!

This prayer book is published by Lancelot Andrews Press. They are a Orthodox printing company. http://www.andrewespress.com/ They have made some changes to this book. Mainly to make it work with their calendar. They also made dome changes to the Daily Office that I for one would really enjoy and benefit from. So what do I do now you ask? Time for me to sell off a few more books to make room for a new one.

Blessings

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