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Wednesday, 23 September 2009

New book - "Praying the Mass. The Prayers of the People"

"Praying the Mass. The Prayers of the People", by Jeffrey Pinyan, is a guide to the new English translation of the Mass. There further information about the book at the blog: Praying the Mass. Jeff has very kindly mentioned Fr Zuhlsdorf and myself in the acknowledgements and I have followed the progress of the book for some time in its preparation.

The book goes through all the texts that are spoken by the people during the newer form of the Mass. (A second book is planned on the prayers of the priest.) The texts are given in Latin and in the new ICEL version with a catechetical commentary that is deeply versed in the sacred scriptures. The introductory chapter includes a refreshingly sound and balanced understanding of participation in the Sacred Liturgy and the whole book could justifiably be regarded as a significant contribution to the genuine renewal of the Liturgy promoted by Pope Benedict.

"Praying the Mass" is a valuable guide for Catholics who want to understand more of the texts of the Mass that they say every week, and a helpful resource for entering into the texts of the Sacred Liturgy actively and prayerfully. There is much talk of the need for catechesis and preparation for the new ICEL texts. As a resource for lay people, this book deserves a place on the book list for courses, training sessions and websites devoted to such preparation.

An incidental point of interest is that Jeff has used the new opportunity offered by various services on the internet for self-publishing books (for example Lulu). "Praying the Mass" is a good example of how this can now be a route to good quality, professionally produced books. It will be available on Amazon in a few days but you can obtain it now from this link at "CreateSpace", the print-on-demand affiliate of Amazon. 158 pages. $12.
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