The Mass by Cardinal Donald Wuerl employs eloquent prose and elegant black-and-white photography. Bestselling authors Wuerl and Aquilina team up to lead Catholics through the different parts of one of the most sacred of traditions.
Anticipating changes to the English-language liturgy in 2011, newly minted Cardinal Wuerl (The Teaching of Christ) of Washington, D.C., and Catholic author Aquilina (The Fire of God's Love) have produced a pithy primer on the Western Mass. The Mass by Cardinal Donald Wuerl is practical and poetic, intended to feed both intellect and soul. Wuerl, who neither sought nor opposed the controversial Mass revisions, explains them without polemics. The authors do acknowledge that some changes to familiar English may be jarring, and admit that some new wording is "unfamiliar and technical."
The central theme is that the Mass is rooted in scripture and that its basic elements were in place by the second century. The subtext is that the sacrament and the faith are unchanging, but ritual changes over time. The Mass by Cardinal Donald Wuerl is ideal for Catholic adults who need a refresher and for potential converts to Catholicism.
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