- Paperback: 216 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
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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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.
But why Latin? It is a venerable language on account of its origin and its antiquity.... the same language with which it was offered [the Mass] in times long past in the obscurity of the Catacombs.
It is a Mysterious Language. Because it is a dead language, not understood by the people, there is an element of mystery about the Latin tongue. The use of an unknown tongue conveys to the mind of the people that something is going on upon the altar which is beyond their comprehension.
It Fosters Unity in the Church. The use of Latin is a means of maintaining unity in the Church, as well as uniformity in her services, the the use of one and the same language in Catholic churches all over the surface of the globe is a connecting link...
It Safeguards Truth. A dead language is not subject to change. Languages in daily use undergo a continual process of change...But the meaning of the words in a dead language is fixed. [50-52]
Overall, anyone interested in the Latin Mass is urged to pick up this book. It is the best resource I've found so far.
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.
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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