My Dream Missal

We live in age of portable electronic devices. I can pray the Rosary on my tablet, access catechisms and countless devotions; but as I write, the 1962 Missal hasn't entered the electronic age.

This is even more striking, as the cost of a well-made 1962 Missal is certainly some obstacle to its diffusion, and the particular requirements of the paper – which must be extremely thin, but very robust – will take care these never become cheap articles.

Now let us imagine I sit in my pew, three minutes before the start of the (Traditional) Mass. What is today? Trinity Sunday. I click on the interactive, easy to access index or table of content and the mass of the day appears in front of my eyes.

I do not have to flip back and forth, as the app has arranged everything for me. I can choose whether I want my text in Latin only or with another language (English, French, & Co.) at the side. I decide whether to keep the tablet horizontal or vertical. I can even pick the type font of my choice, and the background colour. I can have a bigger text if I so prefer. I am not talking of amazing features here, merely of those I already have on other Catholic apps.

This would require extensive works of course, but the texts are all there already, and the usual publishing suspects have all prepared as I write. Such a work could be easily sold for a price that may appear high for a tablet app, but would strike one as cheap if compared with the original book; this, without considering the added advantage of tablet portability and, important, readability particularly for the elderly; plus, one would basically have his missal always with one.

The improvements and enrichments are also easy to imagine: hundreds of reproductions of sacred paintings could be inserted at the appropriate place (say: at the beginning of the Trinity Sunday Mass, a relevant masterpiece). Latin-Vernacular dictionaries could be added, & Co. Perhaps as optional modules, in collaboration with specialised publishing houses.

I can't imagine that a market would not be there, as a healthy market is already there for the expensive and less practical book product, with several choices already given to the buyer.

We shall see. The world of the tablet will not be ignored forever. When such a product come – properly made, of course – your humble correspondent will fork the money as an early adopter.



Posted on May 28, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I don’t even have a tablet, but that sounds awesome.

    • When you buy one, you would think Tablets were made for Catholics…

      I have an app for the rosary that is superb, and an excellent “Little Crown”. Many other resources I use mainly on the phone (IPieta is stellar).

      A 1962 missal app would make of every tablet the sword of St. Michael… 😉


  2. I went through the whole 1962 missal to create an extraordinary form calendar with readings. I suppose if i add the other prayers, it will be a missal. I just launched the calendar two weeks ago, so I will be adding improvements in the near future such as being able to expand the readings and localizing the calendar into other languages

    PS – If readers find issues with the calendar please let me know.

    • Excellent work, Irenaeus.

      If, however, you add the text and translations from elsewhere in order to make of it a real Missal, you would probably have a lawsuit faster than you can say “Ignatius Press”.

      Excellent work, anyway.


  3. If I were to add the introit/collect/etc I would be using an old public domain missal for translations. There are plenty of them. Certainly not something in copyright.

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