English Missal Altar Book (ORIGINAL 5th Edition, 1958)
Publisher: Knott & Sons
Form: Hardback, cloth cover. No lettering on spine. Contains colour illustrations. There are no ribbon markers but there are 16 cloth tabs to aid finding the texts.
Dimensions 28.5cm x 21.5cm x 7cm
Edition: 5th Edition (1958)
Condition: Fair – this has been extensively used and has typewritten parts of the Mass stuck in. Binding is okay, cover is slightly foxed.
There was recently produced facsimile of this book, but it all in black text, so you couldn’t tell the difference between the text and the rubrics. This is an original.
“Say the black, do the red” was what we were taught.
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If you love the liturgy, this is a great addition to your collection.
The English Missal is a translation of the Roman Missal used by some Anglo-Catholic parish churches. After its publication by W. Knott & Son Limited in 1912, The English Missal was rapidly endorsed by the growing Ritualist movement of Anglo-Catholic clergy, who viewed the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer as insufficient expressions of fully Catholic worship. The translation of the Roman Missal from Latin into the stylized Elizabethan Early Modern English of the Book of Common Prayer allowed clergy to preserve the use of the vernacular language while adopting the Roman Catholic texts and liturgical rubrics.
The only difference in content from the Roman Missal of the time is The English Missal’s inclusion of certain texts from the Book of Common Prayer, including optional prayers from the ordinary of the Prayer Book’s Communion Service and the lessons for Sundays and major feast days from the Prayer Book’s lectionary, which was itself taken from the earlier Sarum Use Mass of pre-Reformation England.
After the Public Worship Regulation Act 1874 threatened imprisonment for priests using ritualist liturgical practices, a custom arose of the celebrant saying the Roman Canon in Latin to himself silently (i.e., sotto voce, in a soft voice) in addition to saying the official texts of the Book of Common Prayer aloud. While enforcement of the Public Worship Regulation Act ended in 1906, the custom persisted, due in part to the fact that in the pre-Vatican II Roman Rite the Canon of the Mass was always said silently. For this reason, the Latin text of the Canon of the Mass was included in The English Missal in addition to the English translation.
The English Missal went through five editions. The first four were based on the Roman Missal of Pius V as revised until the time of Pope Pius X. The last edition includes the revised Roman Catholic Holy Week of 1958. One American edition includes material that conforms to the American 1928 Book of Common Prayer.