The How to Book of the Mass
Mass (măs) n. 1. The Liturgy of the Eucharist. 2. The Breaking of the Bread. 3. To send forth with blessing. Perhaps you know a lot about the Mass, or maybe you are just learning, but there are things that confuse you—like when should you genuflect and when should you bow? When should you stand and when should you sit? What are the different books that are used at Mass and what do they contain? What do words like Amen, Alleluia and Hosanna mean? Help is here!
In this complete guide you get:
- step-by-step guidelines to walk you through the Mass
- the Biblical roots of the various parts of the Mass and the very prayers themselves
- helpful hints and insights from the Tradition of the Church
- aids in overcoming distractions at Mass
- ways to make every Mass a way to grow in your relationship with Jesus
- Bless yourself
- Make the Sign of the Cross
- Pray before Mass
- Join in Singing the Opening Hymn
- Be penitential
- Listen to the Scriptures
- Hear a Great Homily Everytime
- Intercede for others
- Be a Good Steward
- Give Thanks to God
- Give the Sign of Peace
- Receive the Eucharist
- Receive a Blessing
- Evangelize Others
- Get something Out of Every Mass You Attend
"Is this not the same movement as the Paschal meal of the risen Jesus with his disciples? Walking with them he explained the Scriptures to them; sitting with them at table 'he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them." 1347, Catechism of the Catholic Church
Michael Dubruiel wrote two editions of The How-To Book of the Mass, the most recent 2007, reflecting the proposed changes in the English translation of the Mass. (If you go to the Amazon page for the book and search the book for "preface" you can read most or all of the preface in which he introduces the new edition)
With the approval of this translation comes an excellent "teaching moment." Pastors and catechetists will be introducing the new translation, and as they do so, will be engaging in a broader catechesis on the Mass. Michael's book has been an OSV best-seller for years and is used in many RCIA programs around the country. Since he was able to reflect many of the translation changes in his text, the book will remain a valuable resource.
For example, the new translation is a more literal translation of the Latin text, changing "and also with you" to "and with your spirit" in the people's responses. Michael took this into account and explained:
Next, in the words of Saint Paul the Apostle, the priest greets us. If a bishop presides, he will use the words of Jesus to greet us...Both of these were standard greetings in Jesus' day, very much like 'Good Morning' or "Hello" is for us today. Our reply to the priest or bishop also comes from Scripture. Both in 2 Timothy 4:22, 'The Lord be with your spirit,' and in Galatians 6:18, 'The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you spirit, brethren,' we have the origin of how we respond to the greeting of the celebrant....(54)
If you would like to order this book, there are many options.
Your local Catholic bookstore should carry it.
If you would like to place a bulk order for an institution, it is best to do that through Our Sunday Visitor.
You can order copies through me by going to my bookstore.
Read an excerpt from The How To Book of the Mass here - how to receive the Eucharist.
You might also be interested in How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist.
How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist gives you nine concrete steps to help you join your own sacrifice to the sacrifice of Christ as you:
- Serve: Obey the command that Jesus gave to his disciples at the first Eucharist.
- Adore: Put aside anything that seems to rival God in importance.
- Confess: Believe in God’s power to make up for your weaknesses.
- Respond" Answer in gesture, word, and song in unity with the Body of Christ.
- Incline: Listen with your whole being to the Word of God.
- Fast: Bring your appetites and desires to the Eucharist.
- Invite: Open yourself to an encounter with Jesus.
- Commune: Accept the gift of Christ in the Eucharist.
- Evangelize :Take him and share the Lord with others.
Filled with true examples, solid prayer-helps, and sound advice, How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist shows you how to properly balance the Mass as a holy banquet with the Mass as a holy sacrifice. With its references to Scripture, quotations from the writings and prayers of the saints, and practical aids for overcoming distractions one can encounter at Mass, this book guides readers to embrace the Mass as if they were attending the Last Supper itself.
And A Pocket Guide to the Mass.For a free download of The Power of the Cross, and links to a series of radio interviews on that book, go here.