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How Christ Said the First Mass or the Lord's Last Supper Paperback – February 1, 1985

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About the Author

Father James L. Meagher, D.D., lived in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His extensive work entitled How Christ Said the First Mass was originally published in 1906 by Christian Press Association Publishing Company, New York. It was reprinted several times, beginning in 1975 by Marian Publications. Father Meagher's purpose with the book was to explain how the scriptural methods of worship, from the time of Adam down to that of Christ, were summed up in the Old Testament. In it, he explains the meaning behind every aspect of the Holy Catholic Sacrifice of the Mass. How Christ Said the First Mass was republished by TAN Books in 1984.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books and Publishers (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895552078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895552075
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Rev. James L. Meagher, D.D., has written the most powerful Catholic history that we have ever seen. Discover how the entire history of the world is tied together in the story and origins of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Read how God foretold the Crucifixion and the Mass to Adam and his children in types, images and emblems. Learn about the signs, symbols and ceremonies of the Mass in the Jewish Temple and how the mysteries of the Mass were unveiled in the Temple. Discover the origins of an unmarried clergy, holy water, candles, statues in churches, ciboriums, incense, sanctuaries, vestments, liturgical colors, credence tables, bread, wine, oil, chalices and various liturgies in the Jewish Temple of the Old Testament. See how the Mass was foretold in the Passover and the Cenacle, and how the sacrificial lamb was crucified and roasted on its cross. Learn why no bones of the lamb could be broken. This phenomenal work reveals many curious insights such as Adam and Eve's 63 children, the origin of the races, Adam's skull buried on Calvary, and the fact that Judas was the nephew of Caiphus, the high priest. Learn the knowledge that the early Church Fathers knew and the reasons and origins of every aspect of Holy Mass to each move that Christ and the Apostles made at the Last Supper. Staggering research! Helps all to realize what a hidden treasure we have in the Mass.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2006
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In How Christ Said the First Mass Fr. Meagher shows that many of our modern day church practices come from either the practices at the Jewish temple or from the synogouge. Our Mass sprang from the Passover. The big Easter candle, holy water, the use of bread and wine, choirs, altar rails, incense, deacons, the poor box, the reading from the bible at Mass and the collection of offerings are all "descendants" of what the Jews of Jesus's time did. Fr. Meagher makes it clear and says so more than once that the church is the daughter of ancient Judaism.

There are many things about day to day life in Israel that the Gospel writers left out in their accounts because the listeners of the day were already well familiar with them. This book goes back and talks about those ancient details. For example, it was common for a rabbi in the time of Christ to wait until he was 30 years old to start preaching and it was common for rabbis to travel with 12 apostles and a band of followers. The book is full of little details and it really brings the ancient world alive for the reader.

Now, I have to point out that this book was written at the turn of the century so when he's speaking on non biblical matters Fr. Meagher sounds like a man of his time. Some of his off the cuff comments may offend modern readers. Don't worry about those four or five comments and look at the heart of the book. The brilliant scholarship far outweighs the embarassing bits.

This book is a real forgotten gem and if you are serious about the ancient origins of the Mass it is one you must read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1999
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Slow at the beginning but excellent in scholarship. One can see an unbroken line of how a Catholic altar is a type of continuum of the Temple Jesus worshipped in- himself. Marvelous, it gives the reader true roots of the Catholic Mass. Awe-inspiring and informative reading which you will not forget.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Augusta37 on November 3, 2005
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If you're interested in learning more about O.T. types and symbols that prefigured the Mass then this book is a must have. Organized by subject page by page, it is an excellent companion for your Bible study. This book packs a wallop and you really get your money's worth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John McConnell on November 27, 2014
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The author spent years mastering Hebrew, and researching the thesis of this remarkable and unique book through the pages of the sixty quarto-sized volumes of the Talmud and in conversation with rabbis in Jerusalem. The author's thesis is that the First and Second Temples, and the Mosaic formulas for ritual and sacrificial worship, were architectural and liturgical embodiments of the Passion of the Christ, the Seven Sacraments, and the Roman Catholic Church. He makes a good argument extending over hundreds of pages.

Like Dr. Michael L. Brown's five-volume work Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: General and Historical Objections, Vol. 1, and Bishop Bossuet's The Continuity of Religion, this book ties together seeming loose ends between the Old and New Testaments. It is of value to anyone interested in increasing his appreciation of Roman Catholicism, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and Old Testament types. While the book per se is a cheaply bound paperback that may fall apart in your hands by the time you've finished reading, the author's explication of his thesis is something you likely will be hard pressed to find so compactly presented elsewhere. See also Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper, Jesus & the Shroud of Turin, and Mystical City of God.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PeggySmith on December 20, 2013
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This book makes the Jewish roots of the Catholic faith very clear. In fact one sees that the Catholic faith is not a separate religion , but is the fulfillment in Christ of Judaism.All of this according to exact and detailed instructions from God Himself as revealed to Moses.
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