The St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal (2d ed.)

The St. Edmund Campion Missal and Hymnal distributed through Corpus Christi Watershed is more pew book than hand missal. It thus sits somewhat apart from the other books in the hand-missal universe. The book was widely reviewed when it came out in 2013 by, for instance, The New Liturgical Movement, Fr. Zuhlsdorf, an FSSP chaplain from Kansas City, and the chairman of the Latin Mass Society.

The bottom line on this book is that it is too large, too heavy, and lacks enough ribbons to be a personal hand missal. It features a sturdy hard-bound cover and a nice selection of hymns, though, equipping it for possible service as a pew hymnal.

Even though it is not the optimal hand missal, it is an exceptional book. As can be seen from the linked review, it features excellent typesetting and layout; large, easily read text; and both photographs and line art.

Unlike a daily hand missal, the St. Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal only contains the propers for Sundays and major external feasts. There are no votive Masses, and no commons or lesser feasts. As a reference or a pew book, it has a lot of potential. I would think twice before purchasing one to carry to Mass every week, though.

There is an Amazon listing, but the book can be obtained more economically through Corpus Christi Watershed itself.


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