The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is offering a first look at the Roman Missal edition for Canada on its website. Glenn Byer, director of publications for the Canadian bishops' conference, details all that went into the creation of the Missal, pointing out that the words of Pope Benedict XVI spoken at his 2005 Mass of inauguration — "There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ." — have served as an inspiration to the bishops' conference during the entire process. Byer writes:
There is nothing more beautiful than the contents of the prayers and antiphons. The instructions that the CCCB received from the Holy See made it clear: the words are what matter. Any illustrative art in the Roman Missal needs to be in the service of the liturgy, in service of the text. The words of Jesus at the Last Supper, the quotes from the Psalms and the allusions to the Scriptures: these are the “stars” of the book. This is the vision from Rome which has been shared among the staff of the Publications Service by the leadership of the CCCB. What we are producing is in full accord with the directives of the Holy See, and follows the example of the Latin edition of the Missale Romanum published by the Vatican Publications Service. The Canadian edition will use two-colour art on the same paper as the rest of the Roman Missal, and this will support and enhance the words on the page.
In his statement, Byer also points out that "from the designers and layout team, to the harvesting of sustainable wood for pulp, to the paper manufacturers, to the printers, to the binding, tabs and ribbons, to the boxes and the shipping, the entire process is Canadian."
Read the entire statement.