Over the weekend I have been able to create and post new versions of the both the ePub and Kindle editions of the Roman Missal (3rd edition); for the first time the Kindle edition now includes all of the music of the ePub edition, as well as the corrections of a number of minor errors that I have spotted as I have used the Missal. With the latest version of Amazon’s Kindle App on the iPad, I find this app is now better than Apple’s iBook.

To add the mobi edition to an Android device (such as the Nexus 7), simply copy the file into the /kindle folder.

Both versions are available on my website:

The following information, which is available within the ebook (slightly different in each edition), may be helpful:

How to use this electronic Roman Missal (eMissal)

Please note, approval to use the eMissal within the Sacred Liturgy has not yet been received.

The key to navigating this ebook Missal is to use the Table of Contents to find the correct Mass to celebrate by going to the appropriate Proper – the Proper of Time or the Proper of Saints. You may also wish to celebrate a Ritual Mass, a Votive Mass, a Mass for Various Needs and Intentions, or a Mass for the Dead.

Once you know which Mass to celebrate after consulting your local Ordo, simply navigate to that Mass using the Table of Contents. Once you have decided upon the proper Mass, all of the appropriate links will be provided there to the Ordinary of the Mass and / or t o the Common of the Saint of the day. An appropriate Preface is always linked to from the Proper or Common, and there are links to the suitable Eucharistic Prayer from that page. Just as in the bound Missal you need to mark the appropriate page with a ribbon, using the ‘Bookmark’ feature provided by your eBook device is invaluable. Unlike in the bound Missal, only a single Bookmark is needed for each Mass.

Using and navigating the eMissal

The exact way that the pages of the eMissal will display and the navigation options that you will have will depend on the device that you are using this eMissal on. Ideally you would use a touch-screen device, since that makes navigation much easier. The major sections of the eMissal have been defined as chapters, so you can use the advance to the next or previous chapter function to quickly move through the work; in addition, at each chapter there is a table of contents for that section.

The best way to experience the eMissal is using a tablet device, such as an Android (eg Amazon Fire or Google Nexus 7) or Apple iPad. On the iPad, the Amazon Kindle App performs well. Using the Table of Contents, find the appropriate page and use the bookmark feature to mark the page. As you navigate through the eMissal, you will notice the slider at the bottom of the page provides options to quickly navigate to any section, or using the small arrow on the bottom left of the screen to go back to the previous section. If you have begun from a Saint, you may have used the ‘Introductory Rites’ or ‘Penitential Act’ link. If so, touch on the back button to return to the Saint’s page for the Collect. After the Prayer over the Offerings, touch on the link to the Preface, and after the Preface, touch on a link to one of the Eucharistic Prayers. After the Prayer, then touch on the link to the Communion Rite.
Note, the Kindle App does not remember the position that you are in if the device sleeps, so remember to go back to the start page before distributing communion. To pray the ‘Prayer after Communion’, you will need to touch the back button two or more times to return you to the appropriate page. Or it may be easier to navigate back to the starting page using the ‘Bookmark’ that you set earlier.

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