Catholic Traditions and Treasures

An Illustrated Encyclopedia

$19.95

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New converts and cradle Catholics alike are often perplexed by the myriad of devotions, traditions, practices, and beliefs that the Catholic Church has accumulated over the past twenty centuries. Why pray to St. Anthony to find something lost? Why keep a St. Christopher medal in your car? Or why bury a statue of St. Joseph — upside down! — in your yard when selling your house?

In Helen Hoffner’s lovingly-illustrated, encyclopedic Catholic Treasures and Traditions, you’ll find succinct – and sometimes amusing – answers to these and hundreds of other questions. This delightful book explains the origin and nature of most of the common traditions of the Catholic Faith, as well as the source and meaning of many of the quaint and obscure ones.

From Forty Hours to First Fridays and from Holy Hours to Holy Days, you’ll find in these pages an informative, delightful compendium of the Catholic way of life, including information about:

* Advent Calendars * Icons * Jesse Trees *

* Novenas * Penance * Prayers for the Dead *

* Crucifixes * House Blessings * Prayer Corners *

* Relics * Stations of the Cross * The Sacraments *

* Religious Orders * The Holy See * The Roman Curia *

* St. Francis Statues * Bathtub Madonnas * Holy Cards *

* The Sacred Heart * The Liturgical Year * Holy Days *

* First Fridays * Votive Candles * Religious Medals *

* Marian Apparitions * Vestments * Divine Mercy *

* The Divine Office * Holy Oils * Genuflecting  *

* The Angelus * Litanies * Patron Saints *

and much more to acquaint you with the many wonderful treasures and traditions of the Catholic Faith!

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"Blessing of throats, wearing of medals, chalking of doors. A beautifully produced encyclopedia describes them all. If anyone is searching for a delightful and informative book to give to a Confirmation candidate or convert as a gift, I recommend Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia."

Francis Phillips
The Catholic Herald
  • Pages: 144
  • Format(s): Hardback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622824-847
  • Product Code: 4847
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I'm a Lifelong Catholic and Catholic School Graduate and I Never Knew Until Reading This Book
I've always prayed to St. Anthony to find my car keys and anything lost but I never knew why. From this book I learned St. Anthony lost his book of psalms, prayed to the Lord to help him find the book that had been taken from his room. I also learned the statue of Mary in my school classroom is Our Lady of Grace which comes from the appearance of Mary to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris in 1830. I've recommended the book to my fellow parishioners. This is a great book for Catholics and non-Catholics to learn the reasons behind Catholic Traditions!
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Brilliant, gem of a book!
This book is beautifully illustrated, interesting and easy to read. It is a must-have for anyone curious about the traditions, practices and beliefs of the Catholic Church. Each chapter is concise and filled with fascinating facts that captivate your attention and make you eager to read more. I highly recommend this brilliant, gem of a book!
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Catholic Traditions and Treasures Come Alive
The book shows that Catholic traditions are not rooted in superstition but in history. Readers who find Catholic customs confusing will chuckle as they are introduced to the historical significance in a delightfully readable manner. "Catholic Traditions and Treasures" would not only be a valuable resource for religious education teachers in schools and Christian doctrine programs but also for anyone who is captivated by the practices so loved by Catholics in the United States and around the world. The book is truly a treasure!
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A good overview
A good overview of traditions that I usually just did out of muscle memory.
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Well written and lovely.
Perfect enough for a gift, simple easy to read and understand.
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