Special delivery for Pope Benedict! Handcrafted Roman Missal from CTS will be given to the Pope tomorrow. [Pictures]

Our project manager on the Roman Missal, Pierpaolo Finaldi, has today left for Rome with a special delivery for Pope Benedict XVI.

Together with Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds, chairman of ICEL (International Commission for English in the Liturgy) and Mgr Bruce Harbert, a former executive director of the same body, he will present a special white edition of the new Roman Missal to the Holy Father.

When he returns, he will certainly have more to share here on the blog about the unforgettable experience; but for now, here are some photos he left us with, of the special gift prepared for the Pope.

Please note: ONLY Pope Benedict gets this special white leather edition! The binding features uniquely shaped boards and hand-tooling for the cover, and beautiful marbled endpapers. There is a dedicatory inscription to His Holiness, and it arrives in a velvet-lined presentation box.

As a final note, Mgr Bruce Harbert is also a CTS author, having written our Companion to the Order of Mass.

And parishes will begin to receive their own copies of the priests’ missals from next Tuesday!

More will follow on how it all went in Rome, when we have it.

Of related interest:

RM09 CTS New Sunday Missal – First Communion Edition – The CTS New Sunday and Daily Missals are a brand-new edition being published to coincide with the launch of the new English translation of the Mass (2011). This one is white leather, with gold page edges, in box an ideal present.
RM10 CTS New Sunday Missal – Presentation Edition – New translation of the Mass with the current 3-year cycle of readings, for Sundays (and solemnities) Leather-covered hardback in a box.
RM07a CTS New Daily Missal – The new translation of the Mass together with the current 3-year cycle of readings, for Sundays and all weekdays of the year.

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