The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition by Donald Cardinal Wuerl and Catholic writer Mike Aquilina explains the liturgy in a way that is easy to understand. Whether you are someone who is looking to learn the basics or someone who is looking for a “refresher”, The Mass will be helpful to you.
From Publishers Weekly
The book is practical and poetic, intended to feed both intellect and soul. Wuerl, who neither sought nor opposed the controversial Mass revisions, explains them without polemics… The central theme is that the Mass is rooted in scripture and that its basic elements were in place by the second century. The subtext is that the sacrament and the faith are unchanging, but ritual changes over time. This book is ideal for Catholic adults who need a refresher and for potential converts to Catholicism. A minor weakness is that it lacks chapters on weddings and funerals, the two types of Mass that non-Catholics are most likely to attend. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Here we find the Mass accurately and lovingly explained down to the last prayer – indeed, the last gesture. Using excellent historical and biblical references, as well as quotations from the Fathers of the Church, the authors lead the reader step by step into the great mystery of God’s love for us that is the Mass.” – Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR
“There is genius in Catholicism and nothing demonstrates that more tangibly than the Mass. At the same time it is impossible to ignore the fact that millions of Catholics don’t have such an appreciation for the Mass. Is it a big problem? Yes. Is there a simple solution to that big problem? Yes. If every Catholic in America would read this book I think it would be a great first step in our quest to engage disengaged Catholics and turn the tide for Catholicism in America.” – Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Rediscover Catholicism and founder of DynamicCatholic.com
“This is an ingenious, deeply satisfying exploration of the Mass – its history, its elements and its meaning. The authors blend the best of priestly and lay wisdom about the central act of Catholic worship into a volume that is simultaneously rich in detail, wonderfully readable in style, and a marvelous resource for nourishing one’s faith.” – Most Reverened Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver
“Excellent, inspiring, and practical. I recommend this book to everyone (particularly at this time of confusing press coverage.)” – Fr. Michael Scanlan, Chancellor of Franciscan University
“It’s the ‘source and summit’ of our Christian life, so to understand, love, and appreciate the Mass is imperative for anybody serious about discipleship. This excellent book is a great place to start.” – Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
“The Mass: The Glory, The Mystery, The Tradition is an ideal introduction to all the aspects of the Mass.” – Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., Editor-in-chief of Magnificat
“This is a book for all believers who want to enrich their knowledge, understanding and love for the Mass.” – Most Reverened David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburg
“What an inviting—and refreshing—guide to the Mass! Whether you are a Catholic or non-Catholic, a church-goer thirsty for a deeper understanding of the celebration you have attended so many times, or are simply curious about the Catholic Mass, this book is your passport to a new, deeper, richer experience with the Mass, and with Christ in the Eucharist.” – Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus and the New York Times bestselling author of Our Lady of Guadalupe