How to Use Ribbons in Daily Roman Missal

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How to Use Ribbons in Daily Roman Missal
A Daily Roman Missal helps with keeping up with daily prayers. (catholic participle image by fotosergio from

A Daily Roman Missal is a book with prayers and rites for mass services over the course of a year. The book is used by the priest and congregants who want to keep up with the prayers at mass. The Daily Roman Missal is set up with the Liturgical Calendar in mind by specifying certain prayers on certain days of the calendar. The book comes with a set of ribbons that are there to help you keep track of the prayers said at mass.

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  1. 1

    Go over your Daily Roman Missal and familiarise yourself with the Liturgical Calendar. This calendar will be somewhere in your book, so consult with it to see where you are in that year. The Liturgical Calendar is represented by six different seasons which translates into six different coloured ribbons in the missal.

  2. 2

    Look at your ribbons in the missal. Green is used most and represents ordinary time. Violet is used during Lent, Advent and Mass for Life. Sometimes this colour is also used at funerals. Red is used for Pentecost, Confirmation and to represent martyrs, the Holy Spirit and passion. White represents Christmas, Easter, non-martyrs and Feasts of Our Lord. The rose colour is used during the third and fourth Sunday in Lent. The black ribbon can be used at funerals and masses for the All Souls and the dead.

  3. 3

    Mark the page with a ribbon of the prayers that will be said at Mass according to the Liturgical Calendar. For example, if it's Christmas, mark the page with the white ribbon. If there are other prayers that you know will be said at Mass and you're unfamiliar with them, use the other ribbons to mark these. Do this before the service begins to help you keep up with the service.

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    Read through the passages and prayers where you have placed the ribbons.

  5. 5

    Follow along at Mass and open your pages marked with the ribbons when it's time.

Tips and warnings

  • Only mark page of the prayers that correlate with the day on the Liturgical Calendar. Several prayers in the Missal are said weekly or daily at Mass. Even if you don't go to Mass, read the prayers of the day to keep up with the Liturgical Calendar.

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