Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review: Understanding The Mass

I recently had the opportunity to read Mike Aquilina's Understanding The Mass 100 Questions 100 Answers.  As with every book I've ever read by Mike Aquilina, this book did not disappoint.  Whether you're new to the Mass or are a seasoned pro, you're likely to find something new and enlightening in this book.

What is this book?  Well, it's a book that is comprised of questions and answers surrounding the Mass.  The questions cover every aspect of the Mass and are grouped into nine categories.  Those categories are as follows: Basics of the Mass,  The Eucharist:  The Real Presence of Christ, Scriptural and Historical Roots, The Celebrant, Obligation and Opportunity, Rites, Properly Equipped, Receiving Communion,  and The Parts of the Mass.  Essentially, this book covers all the basics and more.

With the new translation of the Roman Missal coming this Advent, this book will answer some of the questions many Catholics are bound to have regarding changes to responses.  Those who may balk at the new translation may feel better about those changes after reading the explanations in this book.

As I read through this book I couldn't help but think this would be perfect for anyone who is new to the Catholic church.  It would make an excellent gift for someone who has just gone through RCIA or someone who is considering converting to Catholicism.  The book provides excellent catechesis on the Mass.

I was provided with a complimentary review copy of this book by the publisher, Servant Books, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoy reading your reviews,Karen. I've not read any of the author's work before. I shall have to look him up.


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