A History of the Mass and Its Ceremonies in the Eastern and Western Church begins with a brief dissertation of the principle liturgies in use in the East and the West at the turn of the last century. It then gives an account of the origin and meaning of the word Mass before providing a full account of the liturgy as it is performed in Catholic churches of the extraordinary rite. Starting with the preparations of the priest before the celebration, O'Brien takes the reader step-by-step through the ceremony, giving the literal and mystical meaning of everything that is done in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
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- Provides definitions and explanations for each component of the Holy Mass
- Moves step-by-step through the liturgy
- Excellent for quick reference
Praise for the Print Edition
There are many excellent works in the English language, both Catholic and Anglican, treating of liturgical history and cognate topics. Father O'Brien has compiled the one which for the practical use of Catholics, and also of non-Catholics who wish to understand our rites and ceremonies, is the best and the most interesting.
The work is a valuable one for Protestants, as well as for Roman Catholics. The present volume is well adapted to give an idea of the Roman Catholic ceremonial as it is explained by those who practice it.
- The Mass—Origin of the Word
- Sacred Vestments
- Sacred Vessels
- Chalice Linens
- The Manner of Reserving the Blessed Sacrament
- Sacred Music and Musical Instruments
- The Varying Rites within the Church
- The Altar
- Crucifixes and Crosses
- The Tabernacle
- The Missal
- Bread Used for Consecration
- Number of Masses That a Priest May Say upon the Same Day
- Customs Relating to the Celebration of Mass
- The Celebration of Mass—The Introit
- The Sermon
- The Celebration of Mass—The Creed
- The Celebration of Mass—The Offertory
- The Celebration of Mass—The Preface
- The Celebration of Mass—The Canon
- The Celebration of Mass—The Consecration
- The Celebration of Mass—The Pater Noster
- The Celebration of Mass—Communion of the People
- Title: A History of the Mass and Its Ceremonies in the Eastern and Western Church
- Author: John O'Brien
- Publisher: The Catholic Publication Society Co.
- Publication Date: 1881
- Pages: 414
About John O'Brien
John O'Brien (1841–1879) was a Roman Catholic clergyman and educator. He was a professor of liturgy, ecclesiastical history, and sacred theology at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.