One of the things I had trouble with during my journey to the Catholic Church was what went on at Mass. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrated I would get as everyone sat and kneeled while I was left wondering what was going on. As I started to understand the theology behind the Mass, I started to see a whole other issue entirely. I started to notice how some who have been immersed their whole lives have no idea about the beauty and majesty that they are partaking in.
In his book The Beauty of the Mass: Exploring the Central Act of Worship author Charles S. Johnston takes an in depth look at the Mass. The book is brilliantly laid out and describes exactly what is happening with every aspect of Mass. From the initial sign of the cross, to the final blessing, and everything in between the author lays out the reasons why we do what we do. Even ore importantly, at least to me, is that the Biblical basis is given for it. There is so much scripture in the Mass! As if having all the scriptural backup wasn’t enough, the author strengthens his research using church documents and writing from the early church fathers.
Would I recommend that you check out this book? Absolutely! It is solid and is good for those who are coming into the church because it gives a great explanation of the Mass. It is also good of those of us who have been around and I’m sure you will discover something that you didn’t know. The book is well written and is written in a style that everyone will be able to understand it. Check it out!
Please visit the author’s website at Nowthatimcatholic.com to learn more about his work.
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[Note: This book was provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.]