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The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth Hardcover – November 9, 1999
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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For too many, they read it as the "end times." Dr. Hahn did the same thing, as a Presbyterian minister.
It wasn't until he became Catholic that he began to see Revelations as a blueprint for the Mass. Hahn demonstrates how Revelation gives us a glimpse of Heaven and of Mass. The premise of the book is that Mass itself is a little slice of Heaven on Earth.
What Hahn offers is not something new. This is what the Church has taught for centuries. Yet, Hahn presents it as only he can.
Hahn offers not only a beautiful view of Revelation, but also of Mass. It is a view that too few Catholics take to heart.
Not only is this a simply delightful book, but it's also a short book - one that could easily be read in one sitting.
I highly recommend it. Catholics will gain a new appreciation for Mass and all that they have taken for granted. Non-Catholics will appreciate an alternative view of The Book of Revelation.
The sentence did not have the desired effect.
From the isolated island, Patmos, the Christian, a man named John, went right on foretelling the future. Only now, instead of addressing small bands of hiding church members in hushed and rushed meetings, he had time to write out full accounts of his offending visions. These centered around the return of a deceased Jewish man -- an obscure, itinerant religious teacher who had been tortured and executed as a criminal six decades prior -- as king of all creation.
The particulars of his visions, which John said had been delivered to him by an angel, were by turns terrifying and glorious. Passages on murderous, multi-headed beasts alternated with descriptions of docile cherubs adoring the Almighty; inconsolable wailing over deadly plagues preceded joyful flourishes from triumphant trumpets.
Apocalypses, or revelations, were not new. The Hebrew Scriptures and oral traditions were steeped in them. But where those had been carefully guarded by elders and high priests, John made it clear that his revelations were to be read immediately by the addressee churches (seven congregations in Asia). His goal in writing seemed to be exhorting his brothers and sisters in the Christian faith to persevere no matter how severely they might be persecuted for their beliefs and practices.
That didn't mean John made the precise significance of his letters obvious. He had to couch some of his visualizations in code language because despotic emperors of the day demanded to be worshiped as gods by citizens and subjects alike.Read more ›
Pre-mil, post-mil, Whore of Babylon, Mark of the Beast -- who cares! Scott Hahn presents an exegis of St. John's heady closure to the New Testament to which a mere mortal can relate. It's the Mass, who'da thunk it!
Hahn digs into Church history and dusts off an ancient interpretation of the Apocalypse. He demonstrates the fact that the Liturgy with which all Catholics are familiar, and many non-Catholics criticize, is the worship occurring in Heaven. The Mass is, in a sense, an experience of heaven on earth. Hahn's realization of this, as a Presbyterian attending Mass for the first time, is inspiring. His chapter on Understanding the Parts of the Mass is remarkable in its clarity, tracing the Order of the Mass through the Ages and in various Rites. The titles of some sections are somewhat goofy, "Guided Missal," and "Give Him an Offering He Can't Refuse," for instance, but they are part of the charm of this work.
I thought that it slowed at points, but at a little over 150 (little) pages, the book is easily enjoyed in an evening. I recommend it especially to RCIA candidates and sponsors, but really to anyone who wants a fresh yet ancient perspective on the Mass.
I guarantee that the hair on the back of your neck will stand on end when you hear: "Lift up your hearts," and later "join with choirs of angels in heaven in their unending hymn of praise!"
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This book provides an excellent explanation of the Mass and is written in an easy-to-understand prose. Read morePublished 9 days ago by JCM
I am in the proccess of learning it, contemplating it..not finish yet, no rush...but so far what can I say....Lord, have mercy on me. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read, reread and studied this book, and it's reference's! Life changing! Give's a sincere inquiring mind Knowledge that enlightens your mind spirit and soul! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Denise Tottle
Don't read Revelation without this book for reference. Scott Hahn at his bestPublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful reading for Catholics who are serious about their religion.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer