Handling a Big Missal

A recent article in Zenith (ROME, NOV. 2, 2011) raises an interesting question on how to handle the rather large new Roman missal, and is answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: It has been brought to my attention that, with the introduction of the new English translation of the Roman Missal, many priests will need the missal open and in front of them for the entire introductory rites of the Mass until these texts become more familiar and can be prayed from memory. This presents a problem in some places where the new missal might be very large and heavy and yet the servers might be very small. It might be difficult for the server to stand in place holding the book for that amount of time. Do you have any suggestions? Would it be appropriate to conduct these Introductory Rites at the altar with the missal placed upon it? Should a simple yet dignified podium be placed at the chair in front of the priest? Or is there another solution? — A.S., Marquette, Michigan

Fr McNamara’s response and the entire QA can be read here: Managing a Large Missal.



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