If you’re unhappy because the Mass has become for you routine – or even boring and tedious – these pages are for you. They teach you eight simple ways to make your every Mass a joyful time of piety and intense devotion.
Explaining the spiritual meanings behind the signs and symbols, words and actions of the Mass, author Christopher Carstens teaches you spiritually-enriching ways to enter the church building, make the Sign of the Cross, pray the Opening Prayer, listen to the Readings, prepare your soul at the Offertory, participate in the Eucharistic Prayer, receive Communion, and even respond to the Dismissal.
Soon – with the help of author Carstens wise suggestions – you will be surprised to find each Eucharistic Celebration a fountain of peace for you, a profound refreshment for your soul.
Among other things you’ll learn from these pages:
- The meaning of the “sacramental principle”: if you don’t understand it, then Mass is almost surely flat for you
- How each element of the Liturgy has a sacramental quality about it, and can be for you a grace-filled encounter with Jesus
- How to transform your prayers at Mass into a conversation with God
- Why silence – both within the liturgy and outside of it – is a necessary element of that conversation with God
- There’s a proper spiritual way to make the Sign of the Cross (do you know what it is?)
- How the Creed can be for you the highpoint of the Liturgy of the Word
- Why, during the collection, you should also explicitly offer Christ your heart
- The best way in the Mass to participate in Jesus’ saving work: do you know what it is?
- What you should desire in order to receive the Eucharist most efficaciously (and what that desire presupposes in you)
- Coming and going through the church doors: what, each time, it should mean for you spiritually
Plus, at the end of each chapter, a list of action items for the next time you go to Mass, and much, much more to awaken in you the bright spirit of joyful devotion that we are all called to have at Mass.
|Publisher:||Sophia Institute Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
Foreword: Signposts in a Strange Land vii
1 How to Enter the Church Building 7
2 How to Make the Sign of the Cross 17
3 How to Pray the Opening Prayer 29
4 How to Listen to the Readings 41
5 How to Prepare the Heart at the Offertory 57
6 How to Participate in the Eucharistic Prayer 71
7 How to Receive Communion to the Fullest 83
8 How to Respond to the Dismissal 97
9 "Take the I-90!"-Planning the Sunday Drive of Your Life 109
A Summary Guide to Participation 119
B Glossary of Terms 125
C Recommended Reading 129
Biographical Note 131
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is easy to read and has helped me deepen my understanding and engagement at Mass. The author breaks down parts of the Mass into chapters, explaining their meaning and importance. At the end of each chapter is a brief explanation of the most important points of the chapter as well as a short "next time you go to Mass" which gives practical suggestions to incorporate what was discussed. I find that after reading this book I am much more tuned in to what I am doing at Mass as well as why. I highly recommend this book as it has helped me immensely.
If you have not been to Mass (the Holy Sacrifice) lately...Read this book! If you have been to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and have found it "boring"...Read this book! If you LOVE the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass...Read this book! You will not attend the Mass the same again...from entering THE DOOR, to praying the Mass, to leaving grace filled. This book provides the mystagogical lens you need to “see” just what is happening at Mass. After reading this book, you will never attend Mass the same way again...The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is so deep and rich...you will be amazed at how much will open up to you (and through you)! When you go to Mass...How do you encounter God? With the help of this book, you will find that He is (and always has been) around you! This book helps change your perspective and give you another way of looking/learning/experiencing the Mass, in a way you have never done it before. Read this book & get one for a friend or relative that needs to get to Mass...You WILL be reminded of all the great things Jesus has done (and is doing) for you!
Chris Carstens literally took me on a journey into the Mass like I have never experienced before. His short book contains a treasure trove of gems that will help you understand the Mass more deeply and how it is the greatest encounter we have with Jesus Christ this side of heaven. “A Devotional Journey Into The Mass” is easy to understand and follow. While it is not a heady theological treatise on the Mass, it is founded on Sacred Scripture, Theology and the teachings of the Church. For example, almost every page references some example or truth from Sacred Scripture to help us see and understand the meaning of the signs and symbols present in the Mass. One of the best parts of the book is that it provides a practical application at the end of each chapter entitled “The Next Time You Go To Mass.” This gives the faithful a “how to” participate fully, consciously and actively in the Mass, which was called for by the Second Vatican Council. Even someone with an advanced degree in Theology will come away with several “ahas” after reading this book. Chris Carstens lives humbly on a farm with his family in rural Wisconsin and you will discover that he is one of the great voices in the Church today regarding the Mass and the liturgy. Pastors, clergy, religious, catechists, teachers, students, parents, and families will benefit from “A Devotional Journeying Into The Mass.” I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Have you ever found your mind wandering during Mass? Have you ever done things purely out of habit, without really understanding what you're doing or saying and why? Do you desire to more actively and fully participate in the Mass so that your faith and love of Christ will deepen? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the book for you. From the very first chapter, "How to Enter the Church Building," this book will help you to view the Mass with a refreshed perspective. Without being overly academic, the reader is presented with theological, philosophical, historical, and practical information that will help you see things in a whole new light. While not a long or difficult read, this isn't a book you'll want to blast through in record time. Take your time with it. If you do, you'll begin to see things you never noticed before. The "habitual" things you used to do will become meaningful, the entire Mass will become more alive for you, and you will grow in love of Christ, His Church, and the Eucharistic Celebration of the Mass.