As for the old Collins Missals, what are we to do with them?
I have not noticed any official guidance about how these holy books are to be disposed of. Ones in good condition can of course be given to libraries – old liturgical books are a priceless resource, and how we all wish even a few had survived from the early centuries. Ones in poor condition can hardly be left out with the rubbish, so the best thing for them is to be disposed of reverently.
The Jews used to entomb copies of the scriptures that had grown tatty with age, and my suggestion is that old editions of the Missal that are of no further use, whether “hand” missals or altar missals, be placed with the deceased in their coffins, and thus be buried or cremated.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
What to do with old Missals
Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith raises an interesting point about the disposal of the older versions.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake