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The Latin Mass Explained<i/> made the Traditional Latin Mass really come alive for me. This book helps me tremendously when I explain my love for the Tridentine Mass to both Catholics and non-Catholics. It also helped me impart this love and understanding to my 10-year-old son, who now serves the Latin Mass. --M. Pluta<br /><br />This book is ideal for priests and lay people who want to learn how to pray the traditional Latin Mass, now called the Extraordinary Form<i/> of the Roman Rite. --Rev. Kenneth Baker, S.J. Homiletic and Pastoral Review

The Latin Mass Explained<i/> made the Traditional Latin Mass really come alive for me. This book helps me tremendously when I explain my love for the Tridentine Mass to both Catholics and non-Catholics. It also helped me impart this love and understanding to my 10-year-old son, who now serves the Latin Mass. --M. Pluta

About the Author

Msgr. George J. Moorman was born in 1883 at Indiana, where he spent the majority of his life. He was ordained a priest on the thirteenth of June, 1908, by Bishop Herman J. Alerding at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He remained a priest for over seventy years, serving as an editor of Our Sunday Visitor and an army chaplain during the first World War. His work The Latin Mass Explained was originally published in 1920 by Our Sunday Visitor Press, upon which it received the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. TAN reprinted the book with new material in 2007. Father Moorman died in 1979 at the age of 95.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc. (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895557649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895557643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Msgr. Moorman's explanation of the Latin Mass in this small book is great. Before even beginning to explain the bits and pieces of the Latin Mass, he explains /what/ the Mass is and that means for us. The book was immensely helpful in better appreciating not only what takes place at Mass, but appreciating the Tridentine liturgy as something that must be preserved. Msgr. Moorman clearly and succinctly explains everything about the Latin Mass-- what it is, why, what is used/why, and what the prayers mean.

For anyone wishing to attend a Latin Mass, I also recommend this book as a practical point; there's a list of when to stand, sit, and kneel during the liturgy--so no worries about feeling lost!
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Msgr. Moorman's useful book will give Catholics and others curious about the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, a.k.a., the Traditional Latin Mass, a grasp of the rituals, aesthetics, and, most importantly, theology of the Mass as it was celebrated before Pope Paul VI's liturgical revolution. My only qualification in recommending it comes from the fact that the book was written before that revolution. Therefore, it cannot explain to modern Catholics the differences between the Extraordinary Form and how Mass is typically celebrated now. For that, one can turn to Thomas Woods's Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, written and released last year in the aftermath of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict's instruction liberalizing access to the older form of Mass. The books do complement each other, however. Time spent with Msgr. Moorman will provide readers with an overall theology and framework, while time spent with Dr. Woods will show how the Extraordinary Form can be appreciated by modern worshipers.
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The traditional Latin Mass is growing in popularity, both for those old enough to be nostalgic and for those who are curious about how the Mass used to be celebrated everywhere around the world. Of the latter, many are like myself, who are too young to remember the traditional Latin Mass, but are tired of going to a mass that seems to revolve around the personality of the celebrant, or even worse, where the atmosphere in the church is more appropriate to a nightclub. The Mass is "a commemoration of the Sacrifice of the Cross" (pg. 21), not entertainment, not a party. Msgr. Moorman explains the nature of sacrifice in the 1st part of his book, before teaching what each part of the Mass is for and what it represents. For those who have even a mild interest in the traditional Latin Mass,or for those who already attend the Latin Mass, this book is an excellent introduction to understanding the Mass.
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This is a great short book to gain an understanding of the Latin Mass. It was originally written by Msgr. George Moorman around 1920. With Pope Benedict authorizing the saying of the Mass in Latin this is a valuable guide. I think it will be helpful to those old enough to remember the Latin Mass and those too young to remember it.

I remember the Latin Mass and this book was an excellent refresher in understanding all aspects of the Mass. The author not only explains the action but also gives many excellent insights into why things are done the way they are.

Excellent reference guide to truly understand what both the words and actions of the Latin Mass.
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Amazing! The SINGLE best volume I have ever found dealing with the Mass.

I bought to get more into the flow of the Tridentine Mass that I now attend but a great deal of the material applies to the Novus Ordo Mass as well.

Incredibly well written and organized.

Fr. Moorman explains the "Sacrifice" of the Mass and why it is done in the most clear and concise way I have read. Fr. Moorman explains more in a few pages than the likes of Hahn and Kreet take volumes to cover and never quite strike home as well. (I am a HUGE fan of both Hahn and Kreeft and am not criticizing them per se).

One of the old "protestant" diatribes agains the Catholic Mass is that is re-Crucifying Christ all over again at each Mass. That is a flawed basic view and this book clarifies that.

I recommend this book for ALL Catholics and any Christians or others who are curious as to the how's and why's of the Catholic Mass. It is directed at Catholics and assumes the reader has the back ground but nothing too in depth that any one who has been through the Bible will struggle with.
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I am a Catholic convert. It's been 25 years now, so I came to the Church long after Vatican II had, if not banished, at least forcefully discouraged, the Latin Rite, and after so many other things had been removed or changed. I was interested in where the Church had come from, in the pre-Vatican II Church about which I had heard so much. Fortunately, we have a church in Milwaukee, St Stanislaus, run by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, where they only perform the Latin Rite. Apparently there is something of a resurgence in the Tridentine Mass, as St Stanislaus now has an active following, with many young families seeking out something other than the Novus Ordo. Here in Sheboygan, the priests from St Stanislaus perform the Tridentine Mass twice monthly on Sunday afternoons, and I have begun to attend. All this is leading up to my review of THE LATIN MASS EXPLAINED.

I was immediately impressed by the piety and reverence of the parishioners attending. None of the chit-chatting and fidgeting before and after Mass. Simply, quiet. The Mass itself is a bit disorienting at first for the novice, but the majesty and the mystery spoke to me on another level. It was powerful. Even though I had a Missal from 1962 with both Latin and English translations, I was occasionaly lost. What was happening? I was already beginning to understand, and to see some of the liturgical similarities between the Tridentine and Novus Ordo when I purchased THE LATIN MASS EXPLAINED.

The book, however, brought everything into focus. It is a wonderful introduction, full of history and background, as well as a detailed description of the Mass itself. Why Latin? Why the symbols? Msgr. Moorman's explanations make perfect sense to me.

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