Source & Summit Missal

A new annual Catholic missal designed specifically to help your parish elevate the liturgy—fully integrated with the leading digital platform for complete liturgy preparation, multi-format delivery, support, and training (learn more about the Source & Summit platform here)

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Draw your parish into the Source & Summit of the Catholic Church’s life and mission.

Innovative Digital Integration

Support your missal program with the all-new, innovative Source & Summit digital platform. Prepare your liturgies effortlessly, access everything you need for your musicians, change keys, add and remove verses, share content digitally or export packets and images for supplemental booklet creation, and much more.

Theologically Sound Hymns

The core repertoire of time-tested and theologically reliable English hymns that are approved for liturgical use, the standard core of Spanish language hymns, and a collection of hymns from the Liturgy of the Hours in English set to familiar tunes.

Beautiful Design

Stunning typography and easy-to-read layout that conveys a sense of the sacred and helps inspire deep and fruitful liturgical participation.

Sing the Mass

Help your parish sing the Mass itself with simple, beautiful English musical settings of the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons as well as Responsorial Psalms and Alleluias for Sundays, Solemnities, and major Feast Days. All antiphons for Daily mass are set to be sung to one of eight simple tones.

Readings and Antiphons

A missal containing complete Mass readings from the Lectionary for every Sunday, Solemnity, and holy day of obligation, reading synopses for Daily Mass, and antiphons from the English translation of the Roman Missal and Graduale Romanum.

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Catholic Missal Source & Summit 2021
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Content Overview

Order of Mass

  • According to the English Translation of the Roman Missal (Third Edition) with the assembly’s parts in musical notation

Sundays and Solemnities

  • Full Lectionary Mass Readings
  • Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons:
    • Texts in English, pointed to be sung to simple tones, recited, or followed by the congregation
    • Followed by additional musical settings of each antiphon with melodies specifically designed for congregational singing
  • Simple Chant Settings of the Responsorial Psalm and Alleluia
  • All music, texts, and rubrics needed for the assembly for Holy Week and other special Masses

Daily Mass

  • Lectionary Mass Reading Synopses
  • Entrance and Communion Antiphons in English, pointed to be sung to simple tones, recited, or followed by the congregation
  • Responsorial Psalms antiphon texts

Mass Settings

  • 12 Mass Settings in English, Spanish, and Latin

Hymns

  • Over 400 Hymns in English, Spanish, and Latin approved for liturgical and devotional use

Devotional Prayers

  • A large collection of Devotional Prayers including prayers before and after Mass, Formulas of Catholic Doctrine, Prayers before and after Confession, the Seven Penitential Psalms, Common Catholic Prayers, the Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, and more

Questions & Answers

What makes Catholic Missals from Source & Summit different?

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Everything you need in a missal and an open door to deeper renewal.

The Source & Summit Missal contains everything you would expect to find in an annual missal—Sunday readings and antiphons, daily Mass propers, an Order of Mass, and familiar hymns for congregational singing—and yet it offers your parish so much more. At the heart of the missal is an immense repertoire of musical settings of the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons. There are two ways to sing these texts for every Sunday: either to a simple tone, or to a beautifully constructed melodic setting that is designed for congregational singing. Every daily antiphon is also pointed to be sung. The treatment of the antiphons allows them also to be spoken, as parishes often do, but the opportunity to make the liturgy more beautiful and prayerful awaits and can be implemented slowly and gradually, and meet your parish wherever it is at. The hymn library also contains the standard repertoire of theologically sound and familiar hymns, and yet it offers over 60 hymns from the Divine Office set to familiar tunes as well as hundreds of hymns that can enrich your parish’s repertoire. The Devotional Prayers included in the missal also are a treasure trove of spiritual reflection and not a mere space filler as it often seems to be in other missals. Everything about the Source & Summit Missal—from its design, construction, and content—is aimed at drawing your parish more deeply into the riches of the liturgy.

Why should I subscribe to an annual missal as opposed to a permanent resource for my parish?

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A new translation of the US Lectionary and the Sunday Readings is anticipated in 2025, beginning in Advent in the Liturgical Calendar.

The liturgy deserves missals that reflect the beauty, dignity, and reverence of the Mass itself. That is why in 2012 we published the Lumen Christi Missal, the leading permanent, hardbound missal that helps parishes elevate the liturgy by singing the Mass. Like the new translation of the Roman Missal that the US Catholic Church received in 2011, a new translation of the US Lectionary for Mass is expected to be put into effect in 2025. A permanent missal or hymnal is generally expected to last at least 7 years, and they are priced accordingly. Investing in a permanent missal in 2022 would only allow for 3 years of use before the resource would be in need of updating. In order to help parishes through this transition, we are publishing the Source & Summit Missal, an annual missal that builds upon the foundation of the Lumen Christi Missal and is designed to help even more parishes elevate the liturgy.

Which translations of the antiphons and Psalms does the Source & Summit Missal use?

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The official English translations, some Latin, and antiphons in a seamless translation.

The Source & Summit Missal employs the current translations of the Roman Missal and Lectionary. The Entrance and Communion Antiphons come from the Roman Missal, and the Offertory Antiphons (which are not found in the Roman Missal but the Roman Gradual / Graduale Romanum) have been translated with Episcopal approval for liturgical singing in way that integrates seamlessly with the style and content of the antiphons of the Roman Missal. The Responsorial Psalm translations come directly from the Lectionary for Mass, and the verses for the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons found on the Source & Summit platform are taken from the Abbey Psalms and Canticles (a recent revision of the Revised Grail Psalms). Some Latin texts for the Order and Ordinary of the Mass are taken from the Missale Romanum and Graduale Romanum.

How does a Catholic book like the Source & Summit Missal help advance the authentic renewal of christian prayer as well as the Church’s mission?

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Prayer books like missals can be a catalyst for fostering parish renewal and missionary discipleship.

The papacy of St. John Paul II was marked by the call to a New Evangelization—a call away from the status quo of the methods that had been employed to propose the faith to the world in the 20th century. The New Evangelization is not merely a call to adapt to new technologies, or to the cultural and musical forms of new generations, or even to address cultural and social issues. All of these things have their proper place in the Church’s life, but that place may not be within the Mass. What makes the Source & Summit Missal different from the offerings of the legacy publishers is its return to the heart of what is essential to authentic liturgical renewal—drawn from the riches of the Church’s wisdom and yet accessible by our modern context. 

Our approach stems from a noble simplicity that focuses on the essential elements of authentic Catholic liturgy. Rather than seeing the liturgy as a platform for cultural expression, evangelization, catechesis, discipleship, or even for devotional prayer—as critical as all of these are—the Source & Summit Missal can help your parish let the Mass be the Mass, where it can serve as the font from which all things flow and the goal toward which all things are directed. When the liturgy is situated at the summit of a parish’s life, where it also serves as the authentic and invigorating source of every other activity, our Catholic life and mission can become rightly ordered with the riches of heavenly grace flowing through our lives and into everything we do.

What is a missal?

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Derived from the Latin word Missale taken from Missa (Mass), a Catholic Missal is a book used to aid the celebration of the Catholic Mass in the Roman Rite (see Catholic Encyclopedia for a further definition of Missal)

The Roman Missal (Missale Romanum) is published by the Roman Catholic Church and its typical editions regulate and govern the celebration of the Mass throughout the world. The Second Vatican Council extended to local episcopal conferences the competency to produce vernacular translations of the liturgical books, with the confirmation of the Holy See. In the United States, the current English translation of the Roman Missal is the Roman Missal, Third Edition.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Secretariat for Divine Worship has defined three different kinds of liturgical publications in its document Guidelines for the Publication of Liturgical Books

  • Approved Liturgical Books (complete editions for use by the celebrant in the celebration of the liturgy, altar missals such as the Missale Romanum (typical edition), Roman Missal, Third Edition, the Liturgy of the Hours, etc.)
  • Other Liturgical Publications (study editions, complete hand missals, Sunday missals containing the complete 3-year cycle of readings such as the Saint Joseph Sunday Missal, daily missals with the complete 2-year cycle of daily readings for daily mass such as the St. Paul Daily Missal or St. Joseph Daily Roman Missal, personal missals, resources for liturgy preparation, etc.)
  • Participation Materials (hymnals, popular missals, leaflets, worship aids, and any publications that promote and facilitate participation of Roman Catholics in the celebration of the liturgy)

The type of missal in the first category is very large and expensive, and is a missal that is impractical for use for any other purpose than the celebration of Mass by the priest celebrant or for reference. These missals, like a Holy water font or other church supplies, can be blessed and consecrated for liturgical use. Missals of the second category are typically much smaller and often bound with bonded leather or vinyl, and usually contain multiple ribbons. While these kinds of missals are complete in regard to the liturgical texts throughout the liturgical year, even for weekday Masses, they also tend to be rather expensive and can be difficult to navigate. They also typically lack other contents that the average Roman Catholic needs to have access to in order to aid their full, conscious, and active participation in the Mass. 

The Source & Summit Missal is an ideal missal for parishes because it contains everything that the congregation needs in a lightweight, annual resource that can be placed in the pews. The many complexities of the liturgical books and the liturgical year are presented in simple, clean, and clear ways for the assembly, and additional contents like Mass Settings, hymns, simple chant settings of the antiphons of the Mass, and devotional prayers are included so your parishioners can have nearly everything that they need in a single book for participation in the Mass.

Where did the Roman Missal come from?

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The history behind the Missal containing all of the text for the celebration of Mass except the Mass readings.

The missal developed from a largely oral tradition which became codified on various ordines and libelli, and eventually was combined in various separate Mass books, with each book containing the necessary components for each role within the liturgy. The priest used the sacramentary, a book containing parts of the Mass Ordinary, in addition to orations and prefaces that vary between Sundays, Solemnities, Feasts, Votive Masses, Masses for the Dead, and other Masses. Prior to 1000 A.D, scripture readings came from a marked Bible eventually replaced by the Lectionary, containing the New Testament readings. The cantor led the singing of the Psalms along with the Schola Cantorum. The Antiphonary contained the chants sung by the choir. The Ordo (Ordines Romani), contained the rubrics for carrying out the liturgy.

Gradually, these were combined in the Missale Plenum (“Full Missal”), which had replaced the other books by the 13th century. The Missale Plenum took various forms; the most popular being the missal of the Roman Curia, which developed primarily during the time of Pope Innocent III around the turn of the 13th century.

The Council of Trent proposed a reform of the Roman liturgy, and in 1570 Pope St. Pius V promulgated a missal that became the official missal for use throughout the Latin rite. The Liturgical Movement of the 20th century led gradually to the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council,  Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963), which, among many other things, allowed for the use of vernacular languages in the liturgy and initiated a revision of the missal and the other liturgical books. A revision of the Roman Missal was promulgated in 1969 by Pope St. Paul VI in two parts: one containing the Order of Mass, antiphons, orations, prefaces, and blessings, and the other containing the Lectionary readings for the Liturgy of the Word covering the complete 3-year cycle of Sunday readings and complete 2-year cycle of Weekday readings. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI published the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum which established that both the pre-conciliar Missal or the post-conciliar Missal may be used by any Catholic priest, establishing that there are two forms (the Extraordinary Form—sometimes called the Traditional Latin Mass—and the Ordinary Form) of the one Roman Rite liturgy within Roman Catholicism.

How much does the Source & Summit Missal cost?

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You could get the Source & Summit Missal for as low as $4.95 per missal.

2022 quantity pricing for the Source & Summit Missal.
1-4 missals
$9.95 ea.
5-24 missals
$8.49 ea.
25-49 missals
$6.95 ea
50-299 missals
$5.95 ea.
300-599 missals
$5.61 ea.
600-899 missals
$5.28 ea.
900+ missals
$4.95 ea.
How do I receive the free digital subscription promotion?
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The value of your free subscription will correspond to the number of missals you order, but the total cost of your subscription is based on the number of registered families at your parish. If you order missals at a lower tier than your number of families, you will receive a discount according to the table below.  

For example, if your parish has 1000 registered families and you order 50 missals, your parish will receive a $999 discount on your $1,499 digital subscription price. If your parish orders 600 missals, your subscription will be free.

# of families
# of missals
Value of free digital subscription
Tier 1
1-49
25-49
$499
Tier 2
50-349
50-299
$999
Tier 3
350-999
300-599
$1,249
Tier 4
1000-2499
600-899
$1,499
Tier 5
2500+
900+
$1,749

Once your missal pre-order is complete you will receive a prompt to schedule an appointment with a parish success representative to set up your digital subscription.

How can I order the Source & Summit Missal for my parish?
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To bring the Source & Summit Missal to your parish click the preorder button at the top of this page. To place an order with a parish success representative email us at support@sourceandsummit.com or call us at 888-462-7780.

We look forward to partnering with you in your efforts to elevate the liturgy in your parish.

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