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Catholic Mass For Dummies


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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.


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.