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Meditations before Mass

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780870612855


A treasury of spiritual wisdom on how to prepare your mind, body, and heart for Mass from one of the twentieth century’s great theologians, Meditations before Mass is Romano Guardini’s smart and beautiful guide to spiritual preparation for the source and summit of Christian worship.

Meditations before Mass is a wise, pastoral, and timeless classic on preparing for Mass—it is an example of twentieth-century theologian Romano Guardini at his very best. Meditations before Mass was written before Vatican II, but its relevance has endured over the past sixty years. Not a “how to” book for either the old or the new Roman Rite, it is instead a spiritual feast for the mind and heart, and a guide for modern people who wish to make sense of the Church’s feasts and liturgies. Meditations before Mass has helped thousands of readers participate more fully in Christian liturgy and continues to do so today.

Key Features

  • Invites readers to explore the spiritual and life-giving powers of meditation
  • Contains an essential reading for those who wish to better understand how the new Mass came about
  • Provides an accessible and pastoral work that can be appreciated by specialists and non-specialists alike


Part One: Sacred Bearing

  • Stillness
  • Silence and the Word
  • Silence and Hearing
  • Composure
  • Composure and Action
  • Composure and Participation
  • The Holy Place
  • The Altar: Threshold
  • The Altar: Table
  • Holy Day
  • Holy Day and Holy Hour
  • The Sacred Act
  • The Revelatory Word
  • The Executory Word
  • The Word of Praise
  • The Word of Entreaty
  • The Congregation and Injustice Rectified
  • The Congregation and the Church
  • Hindrance: Habit
  • Hindrance: Sentimentality
  • Hindrance: Human Nature

Part Two: The Essence of the Mass

  • The Institution
  • The Memorial
  • The Memorial of the New Covenant
  • Reality
  • Hour and Eternity
  • Mimicry or Liturgical Form
  • Christ’s Offering of Self
  • Encounter and Feast
  • Truth and the Eucharist
  • The Mass and the New Covenant
  • The Mass and Christ’s Return

Praise for the Print Edition

Like fine wines, some books get better as they age. Placed alongside the reformed Eucharistic liturgy of Vatican II this veritable classic will continue to instruct, inspire, and enrich the present and future generations of Catholics for whom the liturgy is the summit and source of our lives.

—Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, The Catholic University of America

With these meditations you can sense the active participation of the people already coming to birth in the 1950s. Guardini promotes not just a renewed liturgy, but a renewed people.

—Rev. Paul Turner author of At the Supper of the Lamb

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About Romano Guardini

Romano Guardini (1885–1968) is regarded as one of the most important Catholic intellectuals of the twentieth century. He lived in Germany most of his life and was ordained a priest in Mainz in 1910. The focus of Guardini’s academic work was philosophy of religion and he is best known for such works as The Lord, The End of the Modern World, and The Spirit of the Liturgy. Guardini taught at the University of Berlin until he was forced to resign for criticizing Nazi mythologizing of Jesus and for emphasizing Christ’s Jewishness. After World War II, he taught at the University of Tubingen and the University of Munich. While Guardini declined Pope Paul VI’s offer to make him a cardinal in 1965, his prolific status as a scholar and teacher heavily influenced the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, especially liturgical reforms. His intellectual disciples are many, including Josef Pieper and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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