You have probably noticed that I am quite fond of my 1962 Roman English-Latin Missal. When we first started attending the Traditional Latin Mass a few years I was amazed to discover not only an entirely different form of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but also what seemed to me like a completely different approach to prayer unlike anything to which I was accustomed. (The way I feel about it is similar to this very succinct piece on Why do we need a new translation of the Mass, anyway? <smile> )
Besides of course the canon and propers of the TLM itself, I found myself enamoured with so very many of the prayers found in my missal, and felt that I had discovered great treasures that I had somehow been missing all of my life. I have posted before some of these such as this prayer of St. Bonaventure or these of St. Ambrose. So after we had invested in our own missals I found myself turning to these older prayers for much of my daily personal prayer.
However, I also like to keep my missal in the car so I always have it for daily Mass. In trying to get all of us out the door in the morning, most often moving sleeping little girls swiftly and quietly into the car, I can't be looking for my missal as well. I wanted to have some of my daily prayers available for morning and evening, so I made this little booklet of the prayers. I printed them out on a nice cream cardstock, adding an extra blank piece to act as the 'endpapers', and then stitched the pages together on the sewing machine using a heavy duty (denim) needle. This is just eight pages of text and for morning includes the Acts of Adoration, Faith, Hope and Charity, Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, Morning Offering and St. Ambrose's Morning Hymn. For the evening there is also the Confiteor, Act of Contrition, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, prayers for the faithful departed, for a happy death, protection during the night, and Psalm 129.
For the cover, I cut a piece of pretty double-sided card stock just a little larger than the text pages. Then I glued the blank endpages to the inside of my cover. I rounded all the corners for a finished look, and now I have my own personal little prayer booklet that I keep at my bedside. This is a simple little project that you could do with your own favorite prayers to make your own personalized booklet. Mine is half page size, but you could also do it quarter size to easily fit in a pocket of purse.
I was so pleased with my finished booklet that I made a few extras to share. If you'd like one just send me an email with your address and I'd be delighted to send you one.
I also have the pdf of the prayers if you'd like: Download MORNING PRAYERS booklet print form 3 It's meant to be printed double-sided in booklet form (on my printer I did the front pages first, then had to feed them back in and printed the back pages). It's just two pages of printed cardstock, half size pages printed on both sides. Hope that makes sense!
ETA: I discovered some slight errors in the pdf I posted of the prayers - things so slight I didn't notice them as I used my booklet - so I uploaded a new (corrected) version (it has a 3 in the title now).
Another useful missal tidbit I finally accomplished was to make an elastic band to fit on the cover to hold my holy cards in place like so (my children think this is quite silly, but I haven't had my holy cards spilling all over the floor since I put it on):
One last little missal project is this pair of bookmarks I asked Lydia to make for me. I wanted to have a place to write down prayer intentions because while some are always on my mind and heart, there are others that slip my sieve-like brain. So I had Lydia make me this bookmark on which to list the dear departed I wish to remember, and I will keep it in my missal right at the commemoration of the dead.
Then I have this one I will keep at the commemoration of the living, with sweet little forget-me-nots Lydia added for background.
As Josiah would say, thus endeth my post about my missal. Hope you all have a wonderful, blessed Sunday!
ETA I fixed the link to the Catholic Culture article.