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The Holy Mass [Hardcover]

Dom Prosper Gueranger
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1 Feb 2006
Dom Prosper Guéranger (1805-1875) devoted himself to liturgical scholarship, polemics, and the establishment of Benedictine communities in France. The Holy Mass is Guéranger s most extensive treatment of the heart of the liturgy and firmly established him as a leading liturgist. By turns devotional, exegetical and historical, this is therefore a timely publication of one of the great treasures of Catholic liturgical spirituality.

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Baronius Press Ltd (1 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905574045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905574049
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 9.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 6 Oct 2009
A delightful little book filled with clear instructions and explanation of what happens at mass. It's beautifully crafted and bound and would snugly fit in a jacket pocket for easy transport to Church or coffee shop.
I have been attending mass all my life and even been an alter server, but didn't really know what the mass was about untill I read this book. Sadly, I have only known the new order of mass post second Vatican council, and this book showed me that there's more to mass than the prayers we mumble and actions we follow automatically. The book is an explanation of the Tridentine mass, but it's easily substituted to the modern mass too. However, the richness of the language of the old mass, and their explanation then is lost when one follows the mundane, mediocre language used in the modern mass. I feel cheated by the Church fathers who brought in changes to the beautiful and sacred rite of mass and gave us instead a happy clappy celebration of a meal. Reading this book will want you to follow the Tridentine mass, and then you'll be sadened that its not so freely available. I am a post second Vatican council catholic, but increasingly unhappy at the abuse of the liturgy. This book has made me understand that the mass transcends all the petty changes and ideas we have about how things should be and instead sharply focus our attention on what actually happens at mass. Buy it and read it, It'll change your life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mass As It Should Be 18 Jun 2012
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A beautiful little book with green leather cover engraved with gold and including a ribbon maker from one of the best of traditional Catholic publisher's - Baronius Press. At £12.95 [RRP] this is really good value - but don't pay more. From the beginning the author takes you through The Tridentine High Mass and takes great care to explain the movements of Priest and Deacons in celebrating the sacred liturgy. In the closing pages he takes care to include The Ordinary of The Mass in Latin and English. A beautifully realised and informative guide to The Holy Mass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful edition of a liturgical classic 2 Dec 2006
By Alcuin Reid - Published on
The traditonal Mass developed over the centuries and comes down to us with many different layers of meaning. Contemplating them and the treasures they surround and make present is a lifetime's work. Who better to expound them, then, than the 'grandfather' of the Liturgical Movement, Dom Prosper Gueranger? His explanation of the Mass provides much upon which we can ponder.

This superb edition - leatherbound with a gilt decorative cover, marker ribbon and elegant endpapers - also includes the Order of the Traditional Mass. This, and it's being missal-sized, invites one to take it Mass and to make use of it in preparing ourselves for the Holy Sacrifice. This is not simply an edition of Gueranger's work for study - it is a worthy devotional book. Get one for yourself and give one to a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Book on the Holy Mass Ever Written! 12 Aug 2006
By R. Villegas - Published on
Dom Prosper Gueranger was one of the most significant Catholic priests in France. Ordained in 1830 at the restoration of the Bourbon dynasty in France, he begun the Liturgical Movement but not as creativity or experimenation or even innovations of the Sacred Liturgy of the Roman Rite, but rather a preservation and reiteration of Our unchanging Holy Mother [the Catholic] Church and her sacred traditions passed down by the Apostles to their line of successors.

He explains thoroughly in simplest language all the parts of the traditional Roman liturgy according to the Missal of Pope St. Pius V prior to the changes of the 1960s before, during, and after the Second Vatican Council.

In essence, this book will help Catholics whether of the Roman (Latin) or Eastern rites, or even non-Catholics, to understand the signficance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass along with its rubrics and ceremonies that date back to the time of the Apostles and that of the primitive Church during persecutions under the Roman Empire.

No Catholic should be without this book. And indeed, Holy Mass is indeed scriptural as Dom Prosper Gueranger quotes the Latin Vulgate of St. Jerome in Latin and not in the vernacular to cite examples of references to the Eucharistic Sacrifice in the Holy Bible.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tridentine Triumph 28 May 2010
By john - Published on
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Prosper Louis Pascal Guéranger (1805-1875) re-established the Benedictine order in France, repaired that country's relationship with the Holy See, and fought against Gallicanism, Jansenism, Naturalism and anti-ecclesiastical Liberalism; a true warrior for Christ and His Church.

His work fell into disfavor with liturgical scholars during the two decades leading up to Vatican II for its supposed "romanticism" and "neomediaeval irrelevancy"; shocking, isn't it, that modernist, rationalist academics agitating against tradition would trash Guéranger?

This book is packed with information on the Tridentine Mass. If you're not up on Latin, I recommend keeping one of the inexpensive Latin Mass booklets nearby for help with translating the Latin references. Each part of the Mass is given a wonderful explanation of its meaning, symbolism and origins, including the rubrics (the instructions to the priest and the servers.) He takes us through the entire High Mass, explaining that the only way to understand the Low Mass is in the context of the High. Guéranger was obviously a true student of Church history, but tells it in a very engaging way - neither condescending nor overly-academic.

I found this book invaluable. One of the features is a full reprint of the Ordinary of the Mass at the end (making up about an 8th or so of the book), and side by side with it is a translation; but not exactly: in many places, it falls (nicely, I think) into more of a meditation or paraphrase of the Mass - notes, if you will, by a student of the liturgy.

The translation by Rev. Shepherd is extremely readable. This book is small (4"x6"), with sturdy, leather-covered boards and a gold ribbon. I can't think of anything I didn't like about it. If you're planning on attending the Latin Mass, or have been attending and want to understand it better, or are simply curious, this wonderful book is a must-have.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the traditional Mass 10 Oct 2010
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This book is the best explanation of the traditional Mass that I have seen, with the caveat that you should have some familiarity with that Mass beforehand from other books or by attending it.

The Holy Mass includes an explanation of what is going on in the Mass, details about its historical development, ties together how the Mass connects us to various heavenly things, why various things are done, and so on. It gives a tremendous appreciation of the traditional Mass, many items for meditation, good information on the historical development of the liturgy and how other rites (e.g. the Eastern liturgy, older Western rites) handled the same parts of the Mass.

It is an incredibly rich book, easy and enjoyable to read, with much fruit to be obtained by reading it. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Made Gem 4 Sep 2007
By amdg - Published on
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A lovely, well-made little version of a timeless classic. Handsome binding. A pleasure to hold and read and give. This edition is a credit to Baronius Press (enough to cause me to check out the press's other offerings).
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