Catholics across the land are currently Missal-less. Your trusty old Missal that your parents bought you for your First Communion is on it’s last legs; when you open it half of Eucharistic Prayer II falls on the floor. You are frustrated that you cannot follow the prayers said by the Priest at Mass, and you are, after all, a big fan of the new translations of the Collects. You keep forgetting to pick up a Mass card from the back of the church and only ever seem to remember just as the ‘Confiteor’ begins. Will your neighbour frown if you start ‘striking your breast’ prematurely?
If this sounds familiar, then may I suggest the extremely practical and beautifully produced ‘Magnificat’ monthly publication from the Catholic Herald.
Their website is HERE
This terribly useful little book is a weekday and Sunday Missal, a hymnal, a breviary, AND MORE, all rolled into one; all for the bargain price of £4 (available at St Paul’s by Westminster Cathedral) or if you subscribe HERE it is £36 for a yearly subscription. In this month’s edition, there are pieces on the ‘Saints of today and yesterday’ from Teresa of Avila to Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko. (He was only beatified in June 2010.) There are daily meditations and prayers, aids to preparing for the new Missal and my favourite pages ‘Hymn of the month’ which delves into the wonderful Catholic musical archive. October’s edition features the Responsory in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Ave Maria, and the Antiphon for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on 7th October, ‘Viderunt eam.’
And if you want to save the trees, you can download the MAGNIFICAT APP on your iphone from HERE. UPDATE, I have been informed the app is American which means it’s the wrong lectionary. Sadly, this is the problem with most other great apps on the ipad/iphone like ibreviary – they all use the American lectionary. Let’s hope we have an English one soon.