On Large Liturgical Books

Over the last few years, I have been repeatedly asked to rebind rather large Roman Catholic altar missals and lectionaries. It all started in 2012 when I was approached by a priest asking me for help with his almost new altar missal that was already coming apart. On closer inspection it turned out that it had been very badly bound, and it was hardly surprising that I was to be asked to rebind several more of these books over the years.

The first altar missal I bound in 2012.
The solid binding I developed for the first altar missal.

I developed a sturdy leather binding that could support such a large book, with extra thick boards, an additional layer of mull, and a hollow on the spine, and with a simple embossed Cross on the front cover.

More recently, I have been asked to rebind Catholic lectionaries. These are also large books, but they appear to have been better bound than the missals and to have lasted longer before needing repair. However, their binding is still rather flimsy for such a heavy book that is often used, and so some parishes have opted to have had them rebound while still new.

Here are some photos of a new set of lectionaries that I have just rebound. I can be contacted here if you have any similar books you would like rebound.