The Divine Symphony: An Exordium to the Theology of the Catholic Mass Kindle Edition
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This is what makes David L. Gray's work groundbreaking, in that finally there comes along a book that presents a harmonious symphony of the Catholic Mass.
The Divine Symphony: An Exordium to the Catholic Mass consists of four very accessible and easy to read movements that narrate, explores, and explains the meaning, mystery, theology, history, symbolism, and continuity of the Catholic Mass. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : May 14, 2018
- File Size : 610 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Saint Dominic's Media, Inc.; 3rd Edition (May 14, 2018)
- Print Length : 194 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07CYSV7LK
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1732178402
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- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,324 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I particularly appreciated the female voice on the audio book as it brings to life The scene of The Bible Story of The wedding at Cana when The Mother of Jesus says to the stewards after they've run out of wine, " DO whatever HE Tells You !." Thanks for that, it brings me great solace to imagine my Mother Mary teaching us how to love HER Lord and Savior Divine Son Jesus. This book has the clarity and depth that will inspire the novice as well as the masters! I appreciate David using his God given gifts to help us lay people get into HIStory and accept the invitation to join the family of Jesus . Regards, Markie Marie Works
The Mass As Divine Symphony
The "red thread" through the book that David makes is the analogy of the Mass to a symphony: it is broken up into multiple movements and has parts to it that resemble a symphonic piece of music.
I admit that I had to look up what "exordium" meant in the subtitle: it is the introductory part of a treatise or piece of music.
Before diving into the parts of the Mass and exploring them, David gives a good overview of what the book is and is not. He explains that he is not arguing for any particular Rite or sub-tradition within a Rite but rather focusing on the overarching similarities across all Rites, even in the Orthodox liturgies, as they all represent the same theological meaning.
So, for instance, he is not concerned with proving that the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo) of the Roman Rite is superior or inferior to the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass). He is not interested in claiming that the Byzantine divine liturgy is better or worse than, say, the Maronite one. He shows how each of these are substantially similar.
I appreciate David's purpose in writing this book. He is not a traditionalist, but he values the Traditional Latin Mass and almost switched from being a Latin Rite Catholic to one of the Eastern Rites (Byzantine et. al.). He definitely seeks to refute those more extreme traditionalists who claim that the Novus Ordo is invalid; I am not one of those traditionalists so I had no disagreement with him here.
Where I did differ is that I would claim the Traditional Latin Mass is superior to the Novus Ordo. Yes both are valid, but that does not mean that one does not surpass the other in terms of beauty, theological exactness and power of expression, and depth of tradition. So while the Novus Ordo does hit all the notes of the Divine Symphony--to use his analogy--those notes are not as true, or deep in timbre, as the Traditional Latin Mass's are.
That said, he makes very clear that his purpose is not to give a full on defense of the Novus Ordo against the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
Maybe that will be in a future book.
What I Like in the Book
I really liked that David went through the Mass step-by-step. Each part, each important phrase, was explained and illuminated.
He includes insights from Pope Benedict, Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Francis, Cardinal Sarah, and many other writings, including those of the Church Fathers, which offer meaty food for thought on the Holy Mass.
I learned countless things from reading the book, and I think that everyone would as well. Even having been Catholic now for 17 years, and doing apologetics, this book reminded me of how much I have to learn even in the fundamentals of the Catholic Faith.
Kudos to David for writing this intriguing and informative book.
As a cradle Catholic, I have a lifetime of love for the Mass. Yet, never before have I perceived it as a symphony; The Divine Symphony, as does David L. Bray in this remarkable book.
I read the book slowly, taking in the very familiar parts of the Ite Missa est, but seeing them in a new light--not as the Mass I’ve become used to, standing kneeling, responding, without much thought as to why we do all that--but as the particular movements of a symphonic journey revealing the Incarnation, and Christianity itself. David Bray reclaims our theology in this book, and reframes what we believe and why we believe it. He takes us through the essential life-giving act of God given to us in the Old Testament, and found in the memorial Passover sacrifice instituted before the exodus, then subsequently played out in the Crucifixion in the New Testament, and now, offered daily in Masses all over the world.
For those lifetime Catholics like me, this is a book for you. For those who are not Catholic and have wondered just what the Catholic Mass is--this book will reveal it. With examples from the Latin Rite, the Novus Ordo, Melkite, Orthodox—all—because, as David Bray says, “As God is one, so is there only one Mass that is expressed through various liturgical traditions that are rooted in a Divinely inspired cross-pollination with each other, especially for the first seven centuries of the Church."
Backed up by biblical history, both Old and New Testament, along with the earliest church writers, David Bray has set his very keen eye on our beautiful Mass and laid before us an impeccable encapsulation of our faith. In one sentence, this is the one of the most valuable books I have read about the Catholic faith.