Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Translation Thursday: The Roman Missal, Third Edition Arrives!

Welcome to yet another installment of "New Translation Thursday."

Well, folks, days don't get much bigger than this in the publishing world. After years of intense labor and preparation, the World Library Publications' Deluxe and Value Editions of The Roman Missal, Third Edition arrived here today. These are advance copies; the rest are on their way. This is the real thing.

I am so proud of all of our employees here at WLP, as well as the many proofers and music engravers who worked so hard to make this a reality. All of these people were capably led by Michael E. Novak, who is the project editor and manager.

A few photos; I feel like a proud new Dad!

Just a reminder: publishers are not allowed to ship copies of the missal until October 1, 2011.

The book just feels great in the hand. The artwork is made possible through a special arrangement with the Vatican Apostolic Library. The text is so readable; the genuine leather tabs with gold leaf look wonderful, the gilded edges of the pages on the deluxe edition are splendid. The genuine leather cover makes this look and feel like a book that will last generations. One of the folks here took a look and said that she thought this was an historic moment for us. I agree. Very excited.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Denise Anderson said...

Congratulations Jerry! And to everyone at WLP~ It is indeed a day to be proud of good work, daily discipline, ongoing vision, and great pastoral care!~ Many blessings to you and all!

Anonymous said...


Congratulations! The books look very lovely. I can't wait to have them for use in our parish.

I realize this may be a stupid question, but I feel I must ask considering the increased length in texts - is the weight of the book itself something to be concerned about for altar servers? (i.e. - Does it weigh considerably more than our current Sacramentary?)

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

The book (deluxe and value editions) weighs 9.46 pounds; it is weightier than our current Sacramentary; considerably more pages. You will need to have your servers practice holding this book.

Chironomo said...

This looks beautiful. I believe this is the version that we are ordering for our Diocese but I can't be sure. I know it is a WLP Missal though...

Anonymous said...

Well done, WLP

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