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Celebration of the Mass Collection (4 vols.)

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Alba House 2000–2008

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Understand the Mass as never before with the Celebration of the Mass Collection. Gain insights from pastors and liturgical scholars on how Catholics as a Church worship Jesus. Study the intricate tapestry of liturgy with a moment-by-moment breakdown of the Mass. Reflect on the meaning of each gesture in the celebration. Dig deeply into the often-overlooked sacrificial nature of the Mass.

Discover new meaning in the post-Vatican II liturgy that we celebrate today. Both pastors and congregations will benefit from this minute examination of this central component of Catholic life—that is at once familiar and yet never to be taken for granted.

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Key Features

  • Offers a moment-by-moment breakdown and explanation of the Mass
  • Sheds new light on gestures and meanings often taken for granted
  • Provides insight into a foundational part of the Catholic faith

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Individual Titles

Foundations of Vatican II Liturgy

  • Author: Charles Edward Miller
  • Series: Liturgy for the People of God
  • Publisher: Alba House
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 123

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Foundations of Vatican II Liturgy tackles fundamental questions about how we as a Church worship Jesus. With the pastoral conviction that liturgy is truly our life as Catholics, Father Charles Edward Miller enters into a conversation with the reader about this indispensable source of the true Christian spirit.

It is intended to be a ‘pastoral presentation on pastoral liturgy’ but it really is written for all the people of God.... Father Miller has written about the liturgy from a deep love and understanding of each aspect of the liturgical celebration in parishes.

Catholic Library World

For busy pastors looking for an education tool for their liturgy committees, Eucharistic ministers, and those participating in the RCIA program, this book meets the need superbly. For parishioners seeking to understand their faith and seeking to teach their own children about the Mass, there is no better resource. . . . For parish priests, seeking to update and refresh their own appreciation of the great gift God has entrusted to us as ‘stewards of these Mysteries,’ my brother priests will be rewarded by this work.

—Monsignor Jeremiah J. McCarthy, rector/president, St. John’s Seminary

Charles Edward Miller, CM, is a Vincentian priest who holds the Wilfred L. and Mary Jane Von Der Ahe Chair of Homiletics and Liturgy at St. John’s Seminary in Los Angeles. Father Miller served as rector of the Seminary for three terms from 1978 to 1987. In 1988 Cardinal Roger Mahony conferred on him the Laudatus award “for excellence in the promotion of the liturgical life of the parishes and people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.” He is the author of numerous books, including Ordained to Preach and Opening the Treasures: A Book of Daily Homily Meditations.

The Celebration of the Eucharist

  • Author: Charles Edward Miller
  • Series: Liturgy for the People of God
  • Publisher: Alba House
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 206

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In The Celebration of the Eucharist, Charles Edward Miller deals with the Mass as a celebration of the Christian community. He speaks of the four ways in which Christ is present during the liturgy, outlines the eight elements in the Eucharistic Prayer and their corresponding eight steps to holiness, and follows with a complete study of the Mass—from the Introductory Rites to the Dismissal.

Serious theology is leavened with anecdotes and practical pastoral and spiritual suggestions. Every Catholic will recognize the various scenes that Father Miller humorously uses to illustrate his points. The liturgy is the “work of the people,” and that means that some effort is required if we are to achieve the “full, active participation” in the liturgy recommended by the Second Vatican Council.

The Mass is the highest form of prayer possible to us, since it is the worship which Christ himself offers to his Father in union with all the people who are united by the power of the Holy Spirit as one body in his Church. This book helps to show us how we can make it all it is meant to be.

Charles Edward Miller, CM, is a Vincentian priest who holds the Wilfred L. and Mary Jane Von Der Ahe Chair of Homiletics and Liturgy at St. John’s Seminary in Los Angeles. Father Miller served as rector of the Seminary for three terms from 1978 to 1987. In 1988 Cardinal Roger Mahony conferred on him the Laudatus award “for excellence in the promotion of the liturgical life of the parishes and people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.” He is the author of numerous books, including Ordained to Preach and Opening the Treasures: A Book of Daily Homily Meditations.

The Mass as Sacrifice: Theological Reflections of the Sacrificial Elements of the Mass

  • Author: James B. Collins III
  • Publisher: Alba House
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 96

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In modern times, the sacrificial nature of the Mass is often seriously down-played to the detriment of the faithful. Pope John Paul II lamented this in his encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia that, “at times one encounters an extremely reductive understanding of the Eucharistic mystery. Stripped of its sacrificial meaning, it is celebrated as if it were simply a fraternal banquet.” Speaking about the impact on the ordained priesthood he went on to say, “Furthermore, the necessity of the ministerial priesthood, grounded in apostolic succession, is at times obscured and the sacramental nature of the Eucharist is reduced to its mere effectiveness as a form of proclamation.”

A former FBI investigator-turned-priest, Father James B. Collins examines this whole question in depth. Leaning on insights from the New Testament, the Church Fathers, St. Thomas Aquinas, popes Leo XIII, Pius XII, and John Paul II, the Council of Trent, and Vatican II, Father Collins shows how the sacrificial nature of the Mass in the Roman Canon is emphasized and expressed as it always ought to be. This volume offers a foreword by Edward Cardinal Egan.

Understanding the Mass as sacrifice has been neglected in American catechesis for so long that this double-barreled presentation of Tradition convincingly shows what’s painfully missing in many contemporary discussions of Eucharistic theology. Short and compact, the book is a quick read dealing with an important subject.

National Catholic Register

James B. Collins III was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 2004 from St. Joseph’s Seminary at Dunwoodie, where he earned an MDiv and a master’s degree in dogmatic theology. Since then, he has served in the Archdiocese of New York at the Church of St. Teresa in Staten Island and in the Archdiocese for the Military Services in the chaplain corps of the United States Army Reserves and New York Army National Guard. Prior to entering the seminary, Father Collins worked as an investigator for the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Mass: Our Life’s Journey

  • Author: Kenneth W. Peters
  • Publisher: Alba House
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 143

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In 64 brief meditations on each detail of the Mass, you’ll be led to a deeper appreciation of that celebration instituted by Christ 2,000 years ago. Breaking down each part of the Mass, Kenneth W. Peters offers practical challenges for action as he opens up the hidden mysteries of the Holy Sacrifice that we so often take for granted.

In this slim volume, South Bend author Ken Peters gives Catholics a fresh way to look at the Mass. His meditative reflection juxtaposes the progression of the Mass to an individual’s spiritual journey from purgation through illumination to union with Christ. Peters takes one section or phrase at a time from the Mass, and suggests how to enter into each more attentively, experiencing purifying formation through the penitential rite, illuminative reformation through the Liturgy of the Word and unifying transformation through the Liturgy of the Eucharist. He concludes by showing how the dismissal empowers us to remain in Christ so we can act contemplatively in the world.

Today’s Catholic

This practical volume is an elaboration of the traditional path toward conversion through the purgative, illuminative, and unitive ways. . . . The book is . . . a brief but meticulously inclusive look at the challenge of each part of the Mass . . . Peters shows a truly profound understanding of the Eucharist.

Newsletter of the Brothers of the Holy Cross

Kenneth W. Peters worked with National Catholic Register from 1954 to 1962, and then served as editor of Ave Maria publications in Notre Dame, Indiana for nearly 30 years—from 1962 to 1991. Following this, Peters was active in the Association of Theological Schools Epiphany Lay Formation Academy (ELFA) until 2001, and has most recently made presentations at Memorial Hospital’s Leighton Center for Senior Health and the Forever Learning Institute in South Bend, Indiana, and is actively involved in a spiritual care program.