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Your Sunday Missal
The New Liturgy
Published:16 November 2011
The 'new translation' of the Roman Missal (i.e. the prayers of the Mass), means that most religious publishers are providing a Sunday and / or Daily Missal, which includes the Readings for Mass. Incidentally, it is intended that the Readings are going to be revised, with, maybe, another authorised translation, so these Missals have a limited life span.
As the reviewer has not seen other new Missals, he is unable to say whether or not this is the best in the field. However, Your Sunday Missal meets the criteria for it to be recommended. It is easy to navigate; the typeface is clear; the paper is not too thin; there are enough marker ribbons and the binding and cover appear hard-wearing. It also includes major feasts. Being able to read the Prayers of the Mass being proclaimed by the Priest may help people make more sense of much of the convoluted language and poor syntax of this 'translation'.
While the Missal is clearly for the congregation, space should have been found for the prayers said quietly by the Priest, e.g. during the Offertory and before Communion, as they are suitable for lay people to pray as well. The 'Latin Texts for the Mass' for the congregation are on the final pages - these are inadequate, as they lack context.
There is a short 'Welcome from the Editor', which is a good explanation of the 'why' and 'what' of Mass. The Missal concludes with various popular devotions: Litanies, meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary (but not the prayers which make up the Rosary - one should never assume that these are known), a prayerful modern translation of St Alphonsus Liguori's 'Stations of the Cross' with a further selection of prayers by St Alphonsus, ending with a Daily Prayer by Fr Denis McBride.
Reviewer: J.Nicholas Latham (11/01/12)