Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dominican Rite Hand Missal Reprinted

The Title Page of the Missal
I have often been asked whether it would be possible to reprint the Saint Dominic Missal, originally printed in 1959 by the Eastern Dominican Province.  Some time ago, I mentioned that though the labors of Fr Sebastian White, O.P., a member of that province, had provided me with a very clean PDF of that hand missal.  But since it was over 800 pages, and my books on demand publisher, Lulu.com, could not publish a book of that length, I did not, at that time, reprint it at Dominican Liturgy Publications.

As the requests have become so common in these days when Dominican Rite Masses are celebrated weekly in the Western Dominican Province and on a regular basis in the Eastern Province, I have decided to reprint this book in two volumes.  This may not be as convenient as a single volume, but each volume is completely self-contained and I do not think the inconvenience of the format will be very great. The two volumes are pocketbook-sized and paperback, the least expensive format possible.

The first volume includes the entire Proper of the Seasons (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany time, Septugaesima, Lent, Easter, and the Time after Pentecost).  It also includes the entire Ordinary of the Mass and devotional prayers.  You may order it here.

The second volume, which contains all the saints of the entire year, as well as all ritual and votive Masses, may be ordered here.  Like the first volume, it also contains the entire Ordinary and devotional prayers for Mass.

May God grant you all a joyful Easter Season!

7 comments:

Colm said...

It's a shame it's not being printed as a one volume leather bound missal. Surely someone like Baronius Press would reprint a gem like this.

Jean-Gabriel Pophillat said...

Any chance of having them in 2 volumes, but at least leather bound or hard cover?

Geremia said...

Some very good Dominican prayer books here: http://bc.dominikanie.pl/dlibra/collectiondescription?dirids=27

Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. said...

I am sorry to have to repeat myself. On-line publishing (of which lulu.com is probably the best and cheapest) cannot, at least at this time, publish books over 800 pages. They also do NOT do deluxe leather covers. I could put this out in hardback, but that would nearly double the cost and produce a book 6x9 inches. Really too large for a hand Missal.

On the other hand, one could get a printing house to produce the kind of missal you are asking for. The usual press run is about 1000 copies and the cost has to be paid up front (lulu.com is free). So, if you know someone who has the time and about $5,000 available, let me know and I will send him the clean PDFs and he can get the book produced and market it. And I would then be delighted to buy a copy, if the price were right.

Jean-Gabriel Pophillat said...

Sorry, I was not aware of the limitations you faced with regards the covers, and I apologise for any offence caused.
Thank you for publishing the missal, and for the work you do at Dominican Liturgy Publications.

Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. said...

Dear Mr. Pophillat,

Please don't feel any need to apologize! I was not offended. And your question was completely in line

I have just gotten so many complaints that this publication, the best I could do with lulu.com, was unsatisfactory, that my patience was getting thin. Please accept my apology for my curtness.

And please keep me in your prayers!

---Fr. Augustine

Geremia said...

According to this answer, MyBestSeller.com print-on-demand "can print 1200+ pages".