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From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary…

6 May 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Blogger Ben Yanke “From the Extraordinary to the Ordinary-Ruminations of a Young Wisconsinite Catholic” has done a comprehensive review of the new Handmissal for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Ben has allowed us to publish it here at AlwaysCatholic since we are big on the Latin Mass. I am hoping to get one for my birthday, so if you will please email Sofia to tell her it’s what I would like for my birthday in July!


My Thorough Review: Saint Edmund Campion Extraordinary Form Missal and Hymnal

by Ben Yanke at his blog, “From the Extraordinary to the Ordinary-Ruminations of a Young Wisconsinite Catholic”

All photos courtesy Corpus Christi Watershed. As usual, all images can be enlarged by clicking.
For more information, or to order the missal, visit: www.ccwatershed.org/Campion


Simply put, the Saint Edmund Campion Missal and Hymnal from Corpus Christi Watershed is a brilliant new Sunday/Feast day hand-missal for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It is skillfully edited, and without exaggeration, it is one of the most beautiful modern books I have seen or used. It is a full missal and hymnal, containing not only the Sunday propers and readings in both Latin and English, but also the complete Kyriale, six versions of the Credo, nearly 20 pages of congregational chants for use throughout the year, over 150 pages of orthodox, traditional congregational hymns, various prayers for private prayer before, during and after Mass, and for other sacraments and rites in the Extraordinary Form (such as marriage, confirmation, benediction and funerals). Most importantly, it starts at $23 for a single copy! Very affordable.

First Impressions

As I took it out of its shipping box, I was struck by the simple, subtly decorated, yet very dignified cover, with the slight star design in the background. With a striking image of the Agnus Dei, surrounded by ornamental borders, this cover is sure to draw your attention to the beauty of the liturgy before the Mass even begins or you open the missal. The binding and hard-cover is that of a hymnal, allowing this book to be used by both individuals and by parishes wishing to place it in the pew rack alongside or in place of their other hymnal.


The artwork scattered throughout the pages of the missal is just as beautiful. It is typeset in such a way that it does not feel at all cramped, but at the same time, much of the free space is used for art, in a very tasteful manner. All of the line art has been newly digitized, making it look crisp and clear rather than scanned or faded.

Pleaase continue to Ben’s Blog by clicking HERE for the rest of this post…It’s AWESOME!

Ben is a Catholic homeschooled senior in Highschool and loving it, loves his big family, but most of all, HE’S CATHOLIC!

From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary was started as a place to post my thoughts on things I enjoy and care about, anything from the ordinary and mundane things of everyday life to the extraordinary exciting things. Some of my passions include cross country running, sacred music, the liturgy, web design, video production and media production, particularly radio.

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