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Why the Daily Roman Missal Formatting Changed

by Ian on January 4, 2012

Daily Roman Missal

Daily Roman Missal

We have received regular complaints about two things with the new Daily Roman Missal. First, that the font size on some pages is smaller than it used to be. Second, that some parts of the missal are printed multiple times in space that could have been used to make the font larger.

We had an interesting conversation with Midwest Theological Forum this morning. Both of these issues are related to the formatting requirements from the USCCB. The conference required that the text had to have line breaks in specific places and that certain prayers had to fit on one page. In the previous edition, these requirements didn't exist.

So unfortunately, some sections had to be printed with a smaller font to meet the Bishops' conference requirements. It wasn't a choice by Midwest Theological Forum.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

John Montanez January 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Oh that’s OK! I just wont buy one then. Thanks for the info!

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Rob Ferguson January 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I bought this from Midwest Theological Forum and found that the print was lost in the center of the page. One has to bend the book so far open at points to even be able to read the words…I returned it. Their communication with me was very limited and they were not very helpful when I contacted them again with follow up questions. Though I believe their version is the best the page formatting is NOT good.

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Anthony Mazzucco January 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I have found the same problem as Rob Fergeson. The print on the English side is too near the spine of the book. Hard to read as you have to open the book so wide. Print needs to be moved closer to the center of the page. Larger print would also be a BIG improvement.

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Mack Hall January 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

I’ll co-sign with John, Rob, and Anthony. I never had good eyesight, and this hardly improves with age. I liked a missal small enough to slip into my pocket but that just won’t do anymore. Please give us a larger — or larger — print option. I’ll be happy to carry it.

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Ian January 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

The Daily Roman Missal will eventually be available again in large print but they are trying to figure out how to increase the print size without ending up with the bulky book they had last time.

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