I have spent a pleasant hour with the with the Johanine Missal, and I have for the first time "said Mass" up until the beginning of the Canon, and it is quite confusing. At this rate I think that I will take an hour and half to celebrate low Mass. I have been using a 1959 Missal and an up to date copy of Fortescue and O'Connell revised by Alcuin Reid. All this checking to make sure that my digits, on the longer fingers are on the altar, well my study desk, and making sure that I don't make the sign of the cross over the host - the lid of a vase, with the chalice - the vase, starting the Creed and the Gloria was a bit tricky, ensuring that my hands are not spread beyond my shoulders, nor raised above them, the altar cards I downloaded, anyone got a spare set of real ones? unfortunately don't tell you when to make the sign of the cross, so I had to repeat that. I didn't know that you had to bow, anyone know how far down? at the Adoramus te, in the Gloria and just possibly I might have said adoremus, by mistake. Karen is having problems with the rubrics of the Pauline Missal, she'll have a field day here. Anyhow ..., as Mrs Baldock, in primary school used to say, "Do it again and again and again until you get right", I think she scarred me for life, do think I could sue? - there is a very nice black Roman High Mass set, 19th century, Belgium I think, that would be quite useful in the future.
like this but black!
... and to think that for the Ordinary rite my seminary didn't think we needed any rehearsal and left us to work out the rubrics of all the other rites for ourselves, which could explain why some liturgy is a bit of a mess.