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The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know But No One Ever Taught You [Paperback]

Michael Dubruiel
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September 2002
Mass (mas) n. 1. The Liturgy of the Eucharist. 2. The Breaking of the Bread. 3. To send forth with blessing.

Maybe you are a recent convert, or perhaps you’ve attended Mass your whole life, but there are still things that puzzle you — like when you should genuflect and when you should bow. What the different books used at Mass are and what they contain. The meaning of words like "Amen," "Alleluia," or "Hosanna." What to do during the Sign of Peace.

You aren’t alone.

The How-To Book of the Mass not only provides the who, what, where, when, and why of the most time-honored traditions of the Catholic Church, but also the how. All in an easy-to-read, easy-to understand format.

In this complete guide to the celebration of the Eucharist you get:

• Step-by-step guidelines to walk you through the Mass

• Explanation of the various parts of the Mass

• Biblical background of the prayers of the Mass

• Insights from the Tradition and teaching of the Church

• Practical aid to overcoming distractions

• Concrete ways to grow in your relationship with our Lord at every Mass

If you want to get something out of every Mass you attend — and share this grace with others — you need The How-To Book of the Mass.

Learn the right way to:

• Bless yourself with holy water

• Make the Sign of the Cross

• Genuflect

• Pray before Mass

• Sing the opening hymn

• Confess your sins

• Listen to the Scriptures

• Get meaning out of every homily

• Intercede for others

• Be a good steward

• Give thanks to God

• Offer the Sign of Peace

• Receive the Eucharist

• Accept a blessing

• Spread the Good News

"Every day Our Lord humbles himself just as he did when he came from his heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day he comes to us and lets us see him in abjection, when he descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar… We, too, with our own eyes, see only bread and wine, but we must see further and firmly believe that this is his most holy Body and Blood, living and true. In this way our Lord remains continually with his followers, as he promised." — Saint Francis Assisi

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I was born Catholic, before Vatican II and there is so much about the Mass that I didn't know, well I thought I knew until I read this book. The author does a great job at showing how every prayer in the Mass is from the Bible and a running meditation throughout the book helps one to see the connection between the connnection between the Mass and Jesus.
The book is full of helpful advice on how to stay focused during the Mass, how to deal with the quirks of liturgical ministers, and even how to hear a great sermon at every Mass--I found this to be especially a big help because my pastor isn't the greatest preacher.
Everything is presented simply, yet there is a depth of knowledge here that even impressed my pastor when I mentioned to him a topic that I had just read about Lord's Prayer.
I highly recommend this book to those who are Catholic and have never really been given any instruction on the Mass (like me) and also to those who are thinking about joining the Catholic Church and want a better understanding of what goes on during the Mass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enlightened Cradle Catholic Nov. 14 2003
As a "cradle Catholic", I'm pleasantly surprised to find how much I learned from this book! At age 25, I obviously know the "how" of mass, but this book also gives the "why" - something I was (unfortunately) never taught in CCD growing up. It explains the rituals of the mass by telling of their uses in the early church and/or relevant passages in the bible. It also gives "opportunities for spiritual growth" in the sidebars that are especially helpful to the cradle Catholic. I know I will get at least twice as much out of attending mass from now on!
The book is an "easy" (fast) read. I read half in one sitting; I suppose it might take a little longer for a new or non-Catholic not already familiar with the traditional mass. It is not too overbearing or complicated and would therefore be great for teens with a ho-hum attitude toward attending mass.
My mother always used to complain that my generation was not taught the "parts of the mass" in CCD as hers was. I don't know if this is a result of changes made by Vatican II, or simply the archdiocese I grew up in. I hope CCD children today are again taught the parts of the mass; I personally purchased this book to learn more myself so I can teach my own children better. After reading it, I wish I could afford to pass out copies at my church to the other parishioners of my generation who are obviously also not getting as much from the mass as they could be!
I agree with another reviewer that it would have been nice if the text of the prayers explained were included in the book, even if just in the back. But don't let this keep you from purchasing it; if you are a cradle Catholic, you already KNOW the prayers. If you are new, they can be easily found in a missal at any Catholic church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Like its companion book from Our Sunday Visitor, The How-To Book of Catholic Devotions, I thought I might be wasting a 10-spot buying this. Like the original book, I was quite wrong. This is clearly the book for anyone who wishes to probe deeper into the origins and meaning of the Mass but who hasn't had the luxury of a seminary or solid Masters-level study of Catholicism.
Talk being cheap, I buy this for my spiritual directees and we use it as the basis of our discussions once they have progressed from the basics of individual prayer to consideration of the liturgy.
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