The beautiful artwork in the Missal above, open at the beginning of the Canon, makes an unmissable link between Christ's Sacrifice on Calvary, the Last Supper and every Holy Mass. With perfect timing, the rare Missal was donated to us on Shrove Tuesday by Fr Simon Henry of St Catherine Labouré, Leyland. The timing was perfect because as the Latin Mass Society's Ordo shows, yesterday in Liverpool Archdiocese there was a commemoration of St Chad, and today (Fri 3) a Commemoration of St Aelred, Abbot.
This particular Missal is perfect for us at St Mary's because at the back it has the Propers for Feasts in the Archdiocese of Liverpool...
...including St Chad yesterday and St Aelred today. St Aelred (+1167), who was born near Hexham and died in Yorkshire as Abbot of Rievaulx, described friendship as requiring high virtue. In fact St Aelred explained how true friendship is the perfect preparation for union with God. The life of Faith is happy, not morose!
Although we have other old Missals with local propers which we can use in necessity, some have tabs and ribbons missing which makes the pages awkward to turn, and other have been horribly defaced (see here) during the liturgical changes of the 1960s, so we are glad to receive this Missal which has been more lovingly preserved. As the font size below shows, it is suitable for those whose eyes are not so good, so it will only grow in usefulness!