Thursday, November 5, 2009

Book Review: The Holy Mass

(A quick note: This post is totally unsolicited by the publisher. I just really like this book.)

I mentioned in a previous post the book The Holy Mass by Dom Prosper Gueranger. Originally published in the 19th century, this work has been republished by Baronius Press.

The Holy Mass is a step-by-step explanation of the order of the Mass. Being from the 19th century, the Mass in question is Tridentine. Of course, there are lots of similarities between that and the Novus Ordo (an explanation of the Gloria or Credo is just as applicable for either Mass), and that makes this a great introduction to the Tridentine Mass, as well as a great source for digging a little deeper into the whys of the Mass.

The book is clearly divided into sections that stand alone, so it’s entirely possible to flip to a particular section that interests you at the time and put it down after that.

It also has an Order of the Mass in the back (Latin and English), which is a nice feature. Since there’s no proper texts included (obviously – this isn’t a missal after all), this section is more of a reference than anything, but it’s nice to have back there.

Finally, I just have to mention the physical nature of the book itself. It’s the perfect size for carrying in your purse or church lady bag, with a hard cover and (!) ribbon marker. The paper is nicer than average, too, making this a lovely volume that will last for years.

All in all, I highly recommend this book for yourself or for anyone who is just getting introduced to the old Mass, or who’s interested in learning more about the Mass.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

I like anything written by Gueranger, including this. But I find his Liturgical Year collection indispensable.