A Devotional Journey into the Mass: How Mass Can Become a Time of Grace, Nourishment, and Devotion

A Devotional Journey into the Mass: How Mass Can Become a Time of Grace, Nourishment, and Devotion

by C. Carstens


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ISBN-13: 9781622824809
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Publication date: 01/18/2018
Sales rank: 214,866
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Signposts in a Strange Land vii

Introduction 1

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

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A Devotional Journey into the Mass: How Mass Can Become a Time of Grace, Nourishment, and Devotion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 Schmelzer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.