Many Catholics attend Mass without fully understanding its meaning and purpose. This book was written to provide that understanding.
Fr. Kocik walks the reader through the Mass from beginning to end, explaining each and every aspect in a clear, easy-to-follow style. But there is real substance here as well: Fr. Kocik often discusses the history behind a particular prayer or gesture, and the Scriptural background as well. This is no dry textbook. He makes understanding the Mass an enjoyable journey.
The Mass is a treasure-house of grace, but all too often the doors remain closed through a lack of understanding. This book was written to open the doors - to help Catholics appreciate and embrace the transformative power of the Mass.
This revised and expanded Second Edition is based on the new English Mass translation.
"An excellent short treatment of the Mass for new Catholics and cradle Catholics as well. The author invites you to a real understanding of the Mass as a deeply spiritual event."- Fr. Benedict Groeschel
Fr. Thomas Kocik, also the author of a book on Apostolic Succession, is a member of the Priestly Society of Cardinal Newman.