A new annual Catholic missal created to foster authentic liturgical renewal in your parish—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)
Your missal subscription comes with a free Missal Support tier of the Source & Summit Digital Platform. This support resource provides you with liturgy preparation, the ability to upload your own content, accompaniments and musical scores for your musicians, and the ability to customize those scores to suit your needs (including changing keys, adding or removing verses, and much more).
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.
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.
Stunning typography and easy-to-read layout that conveys a sense of the sacred and helps inspire deep and fruitful liturgical participation.
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.
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.
Save time and money: No reporting or additional music licenses are necessary.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 like the St. Joseph Missal are typically much smaller and often bound with bonded leather or vinyl, foil stamped, 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 stands out here, and 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.
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, ritual books 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, following the work of saints Pope Paul VI and Pope Pius V, 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.