Solivagus in Mundi wrote:
And I have a question, do the readings have a cycle of years A, B, C ? I seems like it doesn't?
No. Same readings year in and year out
I like Fr. Stedman's Sunday Missal myself...nice and small (older editions are smaller than reprints)
Does it matter if I get a new one or an old edition?
On Amazon.com someone made a comment "I purchased this missal in the hopes that it would help me follow along with the mass said in Latin but found out the hard way that this book only covers the Low Mass."
Isn't the only difference between high mass and low - the beginning part, I think it's called "Vidi Aquam"
Oh, and also the times when you stand and sit are a little different..
1. The Asperges/ Vidi Aquam is not done before High Mass in general. It is done before the principal Mass on SUNDAY only. In some countries even if this is a low Mass. So if a place has multiple Masses on Sunday, only one gets it, and it is never done on a weekday, no matter the feast
2. As the texts are the exact same in high Mass/low Mass the comment makes little sense*
3. Unless it simply lacked suggested postures for high Mass (kneeling, standing, etc) but as there is NO rubrics whatsoever for the laity there, and customs vary from parish to parish, let alone state to state, that is a very minor point. I suppose the fact that the choir sings certain things while the priest is reciting other things might be a little confusing
*Not exactly actually. The scripture that the priest reads from the Missal at the altar (quietly in a sung Mass, aloud in a low) is na different translation than what the choir uses in the Graduale, being from the vulgate for the Missal, but the older Italic for the Graduale. But the differences are minor, and very rarely would even affect the English translation (This applies to the introit, graduale, offertory, communion). In any case every handmissal has the one from the Missal, and not the graduale.