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Understanding the Mass
Fr. Charles Belmonte
The unusual front cover painting depicts what Catholics have always believed about the Mass: that it is a transubstantiation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
In this Spanish painting from about 1475, the unknown artist presents a miracle which occurred as Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604) consecrated the host during Mass. At that moment, blood from the wounded side of Christ fills the chalice. In the right background, a sacristan is about to ring a wheel of Mass bells signalling the moment of consecration.
This new edition of Understanding the Mass follows three editions since 1989. The author, a co-editor of the Daily Roman Missal and a priest of the Opus Dei Prelature:
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