Missal Usage & Training

“The Holy Mass is a prayer itself, even the highest prayer that exists. It is the Sacrifice, dedicated by our Redeemer at the Cross, and repeated every day on the Altar. If you wish to hear Mass as it should be heard, you must follow with eye, heart, and mouth all that happens at the Altar. Further, you must pray with the Priest the holy words said by him. You have to associate your heart with the holy feelings which are contained in these words and in this manner you ought to follow all that happens on the Altar. When acting in this way, you have prayed Holy Mass.”

You need a Latin-English missal to pray Holy Mass in this way. Below we give some sites where you can check out different TLM (Traditional Latin Mass) missals:

Baronius Press – Daily Roman Missal (1962)
New complete Latin-English daily missal.

Angelus Press – Daily Roman Missal (1962)
New complete Latin-English daily missal.

NOTE: Traditional missals published prior to 1962 are still eminently usable — and many prefer their old missals, which lack only a few minor simplifications introduced by Pope John XXIII. The new Angelus Press and Baronius Press missals mentioned above incorporate these refinements.

For those without personal missals, this is a link to the “proper prayers” and readings for forthcoming Sunday Masses. Many people find it profitable to study these before attending Mass. Below are listed some additional on-line sources of these Propers and readings.

A site that permits you to print an attractively formatted 16-page Latin-English copy of the 1962 Ordinary of the Mass incorporating the minor simplifications mentioned above. (For instance, the Confiteor is not repeated at Communion.)

If you have been looking for an easier way to follow the Latin Mass, Laudamus Te magazine might be the answer. If you are familiar with the Magnificat magazine for the English Mass, Laudamus Te is provides the same thing for the Tridentine Mass: Ordinaries and Propers are provided in English and Latin and spiritual reflections are included for each Mass. Please see www.laudamus-te.com for more information