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Holy Mass has had its commentators pretty much from the beginning. Something so central to Christian life must inspire discussion and art, and a sort of practical theology gleaned from the liturgy itself. What does it mean that we (traditionally) face the East? Why does the priest elevate the host instead of, say, hiding it away or consuming it immediately? What do these things tell us about God and about us? These are the sort of questions approached in this book--not like a Q&A, but like a tour through the Mass with saints and other writers from its 2000 years of history that have been fixed on the celebration of the Eucharist with eyes open to, as Fr. Crean puts it, the "literal and mystical meaning of the Mass".
A Dominican friar at Cambridge, Fr. Crean knows the value of contemplation mixed with action, and that's the aspect of this book that really caught hold of me. I savored it over weeks, and would look forward to immersing my mind, after a hard day's work, in the many layers of meaning that the source and summit of Christian life has to offer. It's a thing to wonder at. The Mass and the Saints is also available as an e-book.
Dan Nicholls handles a number of websites for Ignatius, like Ignatius Critical Editions and Homiletic & Pastoral Review. He is a happy graduate of Campion College ('04, AA) and Ave Maria University ('07, BA), and lives in Arizona.
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