Catholic Review of: Daily Roman Missal
Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Easy
By Michael Gielczyk (IL) - See all my reviews
If you only want one book, think about this one.
It was a thrill to recieve this Daily Roman Missal in the mail; if a Catholic were to choose just one book in their library besides their Bible, this one ought to make the short list.
Beyond including all the readings for Mass throughout the year--seriously, all of them in one volume, a major upgrade from previous daily missals--the new Daily Roman Missal is in many ways a one-stop resource for an active Catholic prayer life. After what we might call the "missal" part of this missal--the Proper of Time, Order of Mass, Votive Masses, and the like--follows 210 pages of prayers and devotions, including a section entitled "How to be a Better Catholic," which covers topics such as the Church's marriage laws, the universal call to holiness, guides to a good Confession and examination of conscience, and a "spiritual game plan."
Reading this missal is also very easy; the cycle of readings is pretty clearly explained in the introductory portion of the missal, and each group of readings on a given Sunday--A, B, or C--is accompanied by a list of years that each one applies to through the year 2028. The language, too, is not at all stilted or stuffy and is clearly understood without talking down to the reader. Linguistically, one of my favorite parts of this missal is that the Order of Mass--and quite a few other prayers as well--appears, not only in the revised translation into English, but in Latin on the facing page as well.
I have one complaint about this missal, however: the product description makes a big deal about its compact size, saying it "fit's easily in a briefcase, backpack, or carryon when travelling." It's over two inches thick. To put it in perspective, it's about the same size as Christian Prayer, or any of the volumes of the Liturgy of the Hours, but thicker than any five of those books. I happen to carry an attache case that's very slim, and this missal doesn't fit; even when I travel, it is a very tight fit into the outer pockets of my carryon.
Even with all of that, I greatly enjoy having this book; in the last six months of owning it, my copy is already starting to show signs the of a well-loved book. To sum it all up, the Daily Roman Missal is something every Catholic should consider having.
You can purchase this missal here.