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This book is a must have in every Catholic home and every parish! Whether you've been attending the Extraordinary Form of the Mass for years, or are merely curious about it, this guide is designed to open up the riches contained within the Mass to all. Inside, you will find a word-for-word English translation of the Latin text of the Mass, together with photos, diagrams, notes and explanations that will help you not only to follow along, but also to understand the history and significance of the ceremonies in which you are taking part. In addition, you will find sections explaining the main differences between the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, a discussion comparing the development of the Mass with that of its sister liturgy, the Divine Office, an exploration of the English translations of the Bible, a full glossary, and finally, recommended prayers intended to help you prepare when receiving the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.
Treasures & Traditions: The Ultimate Guide is designed to introduce its readers to the many layers of mystery which lend this liturgy its solemn beauty, while breaking down the barriers to understanding that can often be intimidating to newcomers. This book accomplishes all that in wonderfully clear and apt language, explaining the many layers of mystery, the connections to the Old Testament, the historical development of certain parts of the Mass, the applications to our spiritual life. All this is explained always with a view to deepening one’s participation in the sacred liturgy and receiving its fruits.
This outstanding production would serve well, not only for children and young adults, but also as a text for Catholics of all ages who would like to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the Latin Mass. Parish education groups, homeschooling groups and other Catholic discussion groups would benefit greatly with Treasures & Traditions used as their resource.