Monday, June 7, 2021
Errors in the Angelus Press 1962 Missal

September 2023 Update: I have happily heard that the most recent printing corrects most (if not all) of the issues outlined below. The two errors that remain are that the top of the 5 page for the USA fasting and abstinence rubrics still incorrectly lists the Vigil of the Assumption and St. Monica's feastday still incorrectly states that the Creed is said. They still need to change the next printing to say the Vigil of the Imm. Conception and not the Vigil of the Assumption on Page 5. They corrected page 4 (noted below) but not page 5. And the Creed is not said on St. Monica's feastday. Keep the below in mind if you have an older printing.

Original Post: It's important to keep in mind that publishing errors do occur, even with modern-day technology, and hand missals are no exception. I have a copy of the Angelus Press Missal from the second printing in November 2005. In that Missal (and possibly subsequent printings) are a few errors to be aware of. I have contacted Angelus Press and these errors are part of the proposed errata for the next printing.

  • Page 646: The color for the vestments for Rogation Masses incorrectly states white. It should be violet.
  • Page 935. It lists the Preface of the Apostles for the Common of One of Several Popes. That is not correct. When the Common was created in 1942 by Pope Pius XII, this Preface was assigned but it was very soon after reversed and changed to the Common Preface. The Common Preface is the correct one used when this Mass is offered.

  • Page 1192: It lists the Creed to be said on St. Monica's feastday which is not correct.
  • Page 1334. It lists the Preface of the Apostles for St. Alphonsus' Feastday. That is not correct. He would use the Common Preface.
  • Page 1396. It shows the Preface of the Apostles for the Feast of St. Pius X, instead of the Common Preface.
  • Page 1402. It shows the Creed said on the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary when this is not the case in the 1962 Missal. This would have been observed previously in the pre-1955 Missal.
Keep these in mind for any handouts you create for Mass or articles you write online. And make priests aware who use this Missal as a reliable source of the rubrics in place as of 1962.

If you are aware of any other errors, share them in the comments below.

3 comment(s):

del_button June 16, 2021 at 11:33 PM
thisismynamefornow said...

I have a 1962 AP hand missal. I used it during the entirety of my 15 months as a postulant/novice at Clear Creek, so I used it every single day for Low Masses in the morning. Consequently, I found very many spelling errors in the Latin texts throughout the year. They would be too numerous to mention here...haha. This was the time period when my (liturgical) Latin was rapidly improving but still learning it, so many of these errors had me scratching my head and trying to make sense of the words, before finally realizing that they were errors!

del_button June 17, 2021 at 7:29 AM
Matthew said...

Via a Facebook comment, someone shared the following additional errors:

For Candlemas, the Angelus Press Missal erroneously says violet is the color for the blessing of candles and procession that proceeds sung Mass. Sadly, this ancient practice was suppressed in 1960 when the color was changed to white for both blessing/procession and Mass.

For the vigil of Pentecost, violet and red are both listed as colors for that Mass, when if we’re following 1962 accurately, it should be red only, since the vigil ceremonies before Mass were suppressed in 1955.

The liturgical color for the Rogation Mass is white in the Angelus Missal; it should be violet.

In the text before the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, it states that when the Mass of Corpus Christi is observed instead (as an external solemnity), the Sunday is commemorated. This is not correct; Sundays are not commemorated when a feast of Our Lord is observed.

del_button November 11, 2021 at 10:58 AM
Matthew said...

Follow up via Facebook: "I received an email reply from someone at Angelus Press this morning (11/2/21). The errors you found, I sent a screenshot to the company, and was told they were looked at/researched, and will be corrected in the upcoming 11th edition."

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