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Catholic Mass For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-03667-9
288 pages
February 2011
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An unintimidating guide to understanding the Catholic Mass

Throughout the centuries, the liturgy of the Church has taken a variety of regional and historical forms, but one thing has remained constant: the Mass has always been the central form of Catholic worship.

Catholic Mass For Dummies gives you a step-by-step overview of the Catholic Mass, as well as a close look at the history and meaning of the Mass as a central form of Catholic worship. You'll find information on the order of a Mass and coverage of major Masses.

  • Covers standard Sunday Mass, weddings, funerals, holiday services, and holy days of obligation
  • Provides insight on the events, symbols, themes, history, and language of the Mass
  • Translations of a Mass in Castilian and Latin American Spanish

If you're a Catholic looking to enhance your knowledge of your faith, an adult studying to convert to Catholicism, a CCD instructor, or a non-Catholic who wants to understand the many nuances of the Catholic Mass, this hands-on, friendly guide has you covered.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Lord Be with You: Welcome to Mass.

Chapter 1: Understanding the Mass.

Chapter 2: The Foundations of Mass.

Chapter 3: The Liturgical Year.

Chapter 4: Meet the Players: Liturgical Ministers.

Part II: Forms of Catholic Worship.

Chapter 5: Ordinary Form of the Mass.

Chapter 6: Extraordinary Form: Traditional Latin Mass.

Chapter 7: Variations in the Ordinary Form.

Chapter 8: Extending the Mass: Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharistic Devotions.

Chapter 9: Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy.

Chapter 10: Other Catholic Rites.

Part III: Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 11: Liturgical Books.

Chapter 12: Liturgical Vestments.

Chapter 13: Liturgical Vessels, Altar Linens, and Artifacts.

Chapter 14: Architecture, Art, and Music.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Special Places of Eucharistic Miracles.

Chapter 16: Ten Saintly Commentaries on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: The Mass in Latin, English, and Spanish.

Appendix B: Revisions in the English Translation of the Mass.


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Author Information

Rev. John Trigilio, Jr. is President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.
Rev. Kenneth Brighenti is an assistant professor at Mount St. Mary's Seminary.
Rev. Monsignor James Cafone is an assistant professor in the Religion Department of Seton Hall University.

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