Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Book Review: My Picture Missal
My Picture Missal by Fr. Lovasik is a lovely (and inexpensive) book that even very small children can follow and understand during Mass. I originally brought this book to snuff out the jealousy my younger child had over her big sister's Missal. While it has seldom been used to follow the Mass by my younger child, she has happily flipped through the book during Mass trying to match the pictures to what she observes during Mass. Occasionally she will pull this book out in the middle of the week and want to discuss a particular aspect of the Mass, so the book has also been a great conversation starter for teaching my child about the Mass.
If you're looking to use this particular book as a Missal for a young child, I think you will be pleased with it. The book follows the Novus Ordo Mass and has all the responses included in the Missal. On the occasions where my older daughter has forgotten her Missal or Magnifikid, this little Missal has nicely filled the void. I particularly like how this book offers explanations of certain portions of the Mass in kid friendly terms.
Just recently I was talking to a friend who teaches in a Catholic school and she was telling me that this particular Missal is the one she gives to her students. She's of the opinion that it's the best one out there for young children.