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2017 Reprint of 1933 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. Every conceivable element of the traditional Latin Mass unfolds before the eyes of children 8 to 15 in this classic work by Maria Montessori. She employs abundant illustrations--36 in all-- to explain: - The Meaning of the Mass - What Is Necessary for the Mass - Introduction to the Mass - The Mass of the Catechumens - The Mass of the Faithful These chapter headings hint at the richness of detail in the best book on the Mass ever written for older children: - Famous Eucharistic miracles - History of the Mass - Why we fast for Communion - Liturgical colors have meaning - Meaning of the altar...altar cloths...crucifix and candles - Sacred vessels, bells, incense--all the items used at Mass explained - Why we do more than watch when Mass is under way - Meaning/origin of: Sign of the Cross, sacrifice, the priest's whisperings - Meaning of key prayers (Credo, Kyrie, Gloria, Confiteor, etc.) - Why is so much silence required at Mass? - Explained: the priest's motions (e.g., keeping thumb and forefinger together after the consecration) "We want our children to love the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Love proceeds from knowledge: you can only love what you know. The Catechism teaches us that our purpose in life is to know, love and serve God. It is only if you know God, that you can love Him. In The Mass Explained to Children, Maria Montessori gives young readers the knowledge from which a love for the Mass can grow." --Laura Berquist, Homeschool Specialist
Between Heaven and Earth explores the relationships men, women, and children have formed with the Virgin Mary and the saints in twentieth-century American Catholic history, and reflects, more broadly, on how people live in the company of sacred figures and how these relationships shape the ties between people on earth. In this boldly argued and beautifully written book, Robert Orsi also considers how scholars of religion occupy the ground in between belief and analysis, faith and scholarship. Orsi infuses his analysis with an autobiographical voice steeped in his own Italian-American Catholic background--from the devotion of his uncle Sal, who had cerebral palsy, to a "crippled saint," Margaret of Castello; to the bond of his Tuscan grandmother with Saint Gemma Galgani. Religion exists not as a medium of making meanings, Orsi maintains, but as a network of relationships between heaven and earth involving people of all ages as well as the many sacred figures they hold dear. Orsi argues that modern academic theorizing about religion has long sanctioned dubious distinctions between "good" or "real" religious expression on the one hand and "bad" or "bogus" religion on the other, which marginalize these everyday relationships with sacred figures. This book is a brilliant critical inquiry into the lives that people make, for better or worse, between heaven and earth, and into the ways scholars of religion could better study of these worlds.
In accessible and lively prose, this book explains the ceremonies of the Catholic Mass and their meaning for lay people, including the young. It is designed to meet the widespread complaint that the Mass is boring, incomprehensible, or alienating. Fr. Randolph goes through the Mass step by step, looking at the origin and purpose of the various elements, and relating them to the reader's experience of prayer and the Christian life. Suggestions are made for ways to enhance our appreciation of the liturgy, how to prepare for Mass, and how to carry the grace of the Mass out into the world. A supplementary chapter looks at the use of Latin in the Mass, its past and present value, and explains it in the context of contemplative prayer.
The 28 puzzles in this book are filled with information about the rites and rituals of the Mass, 14 focus on the Liturgy of the Word and 14 on the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Through crossword puzzles, word searches, fill in the blanks, decoding, and unscrambling, young Catholics are challenged to learn about the greatest prayer of the church and to participate more fully in its prayers and actions.
For parents trying to pass on the Catholic faith to their children and to their friends, this simple book will help them how to explain what Catholics do on Sunday and why they do it. The Mass should work at the deepest level of our being, changing us into people who share God's own life. For this to happen, we need to take part in it in a way that is inspired by the spirit of the Church's Liturgy. In simple language the First Section of this book leads us step by step through the Mass so that we may take part in it with a deeper reverence and understanding. Should we wish to dig more deeply, the Second Section is one into which we can dip from time to time to examine the meaning of some words associated with Sacred Scripture and the Sacrifice of the Mass. The Third Section considers some extra spirituality dealing with the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This book would be very suitable as an instruction text-book in Post-Primary Schools.

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