From the Back Cover
The fast, painless way to grasp the intricacies of the often–misunderstood Catholic Mass This practical, friendly guide gives you a step–by–step overview of the Catholic Mass. You′ll find information on standard Sunday Mass, weddings, funerals, holiday services, and holy days of obligation. Plus, you′ll get plain–English explanations of the events, symbols, themes, history, and language of this central form of Catholic worship. Catholic Mass 101 — discover the origin and foundations of the Mass, from its Jewish roots found in the Passover Seder Meal to the rituals in the Temple of Jerusalem and the Last Supper Different Masses for the masses — get to know the differences between Masses in the East and West and ordinary and extraordinary forms of Catholic worship Meet the Masses — get to know the role bishops, priests, deacons, acolytes, lectors, ushers, and others contribute to the Catholic Mass Know what to expect — get an overview of the major components of the Mass, like prayers and blessings, books and garments, and more Take special consideration — understand thedifferences between the Sunday Mass and ritual Masses (weddings, funerals, etc.), weekdayMasses, and Holy Day Masses Open the book and find: What to expect at a Catholic Mass What it means to participate fully in the Mass An overview of the Liturgical Year Roman rites in the ordinary form and Traditional Latin Mass Liturgical books The meaning behind thevestments and colors worn bythe clergy The architecture, art, and music of the Catholic church Special masses, and what to expect Learn to: Understand the history, symbolism, meaning, and language of the Mass Get a handle on the order of standard Sunday Mass, weddings, funerals, holiday services, and more Grasp the Catholic faith through its expression in the Mass
About the Author
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.