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The Mass

A student receives the Eucharist at Easter Mass.

Suggested Books

The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth

Scott Hahn

The Lamb’s Supper takes the reader deeper into the celebration of the Liturgy. Scott Hahn attempts to convey how every time we go to Mass, we are celebrating with all the angels in heaven. In effect, every Mass is heaven on earth. This book aligns directly with the New Testament book of Revelation.

Preparing yourself for Mass

Romano Guardini

The title of this book says it all. It discusses how we as Catholics need to prepare ourselves to fully take in the liturgy. Chapter topics include stillness and composure, along with Christ’s offer of Self.

The Spirit of the Liturgy

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

This book was written by now Pope Benedict XVI in an attempt to help Catholics recognize the beauty of the Liturgy and how Mass is the most perfect form of praising God.

God is Near Us: The Eucharist, The Heart of Life

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

This book tells how the liturgy is the “font from which all her power flows.” It was written by now Pope Benedict XVI. Likewise, this book demonstrates how the Holy Eucharist is the heart of life.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Basically everything you need to know about the Catholic Church and what it professes…in on place!

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

A shortened version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church…need a quick answer – check this out!

The How-to Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You

Michael Dubriel

This book answers many of the tough questions regarding the mass in simplistic terms. Things discussed include why we say what we say during the liturgy, what certain words mean, how to overcome distractions, among others. This book is an overall “guide” to the Mass in laymen’s terms.