"Don't pray at Holy Mass, but pray the Holy Mass"
In our last edition, which was published in 2005, footnote #31 on page 17 stated that “Many of the texts of the official Latin edition, the Editio Typica, are given to show the official Latin form if the Mass texts, as well as the current approved English translations, which may be rendered more closely to the official texts in the near future.” For years, professors of theology and liturgy, as well as clergy and laity alike, have anticipated not only more precise translations of the Mass texts from the Latin to the English, but also more sublime language to communicate the faith. Thankfully, the time for more relevant, more faithful, more Scripturally accurate translations has arrived.
Reflections on the Mass by Father Matthew Buettner, forward by Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand
"Father Buettner's new edition of the Understanding the Mystery of the Mass Revisited is to be warmly welcomed. This book is clearly the fruit of prayer and meditation. From the first page, Father Buettner succeeds in making his reader aware of the sacredness of what will take place during Mass. One fears at times that those attending Mass see it as a social gathering, a duty imposed upon them, a chore, a pure act of obedience to Church authorities, totally failing to realize that it is the greatest gift that a loving God could possibly grant to His sinful creatures. Si scires donum Dei!!! The First task facing the author is therefore, to create the "frame work" of sacredness, which his topic calls for. From the very first lines of the book, he succeeds in achieving this."
-Dr. Alice von Hildebrand
"The world and words of Christ passed down in Sacred Scripture are never more alive than when prayed and proclaimed in the mystery of the Mass. It is here Fr. Buettner guides one from the pew to the threshold in order to pierce the sacred veil."
-Fr. Patrick J Winslow
Lecturer Catholic Scripture Study International
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