Word is that when the new translation is out there will no longer be “sacramentaries” and “lectionaries”—just the Roman Missal. I thought that the convenience of separate books would win out, but perhaps not.
A free application for the iPad is on the way next month: the entire Roman Missal—all the readings, prayers, and Mass parts. Father Paolo Padrini, an advisor for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and developer of the iBreviary, offers this app in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin. Future upgrades are expected to add audio, commentaries, homily notes, and even music. The new translations, too, no doubt. Padrini:
Paper books will never disappear. We shouldn’t be scandalized that on altars there are these instruments in support of prayer.
Thinking about it for a few minutes, maybe the iPad would be a decent fit for the altar. Maybe if enough clergy request it, Apple can come up with something in shiny gold instead of that smooth, silvery metallic look. Blend in better with the chalices.