What great news! The book store at the National Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, placed an order for 50 copies of Praying the Mass: The Prayers of the People. Look for it to be on the shelves in a couple of weeks!
This is from Matthew Warner's blog, Fallible Blogma:
I thought it would be really cool if we could do a joint promotion effort of a lot of the great Catholic speakers out there and the many Catholic blogs. Introducing…Support a Catholic Speaker Month.To see the list of speakers, go to Matthew's post.
The goal is to create a rising Catholic tide on the internet that lifts all boats (websites, speakers, and all those who participate). This giant, sudden influx of catholic material and interlinking between Catholic websites should get some attention and raise awareness about all of these great Catholic speakers while also promoting the many wonderful Catholic blogs out there that perhaps you haven’t heard of yet either.
The primary goal of our Favorite Catholic Speakers Poll of 2009 was not to find out who is better than somebody else. It was to raise awareness about the many Catholic Speakers out there and to support them. They are all sharing the same, one Truth. And as talented and effective as the top favorites are at doing what they do, we need many more like them if we’re going to reach everyone.
That’s precisely the motivation for Support a Catholic Speaker Month.
How it works:
- If you have a blog or website, just request a speaker from the list below by emailing me here: speaker [@] fallibleblogma [DOT] com. Please include your requested speaker and your blog/website (you don’t have to have a fancy, popular blog – just a desire to help the Catholic community).
- Next, simply write a short (at least a few paragraphs) post about your speaker. Link back to this page on FallibleBlogma.com and link to the speaker’s own website. Let me know when it’s up and I will link to your post from this post so people can find it on your blog and read it!
- The tidal wave of Catholic links and posts then flood the web raising awareness and promoting hundreds of Catholic speakers and blogs in the month of October.
I am very eager to know what readers of Praying the Mass: The Prayers of the People think about the book, so this post is an open forum for all readers to provide public feedback, whether it be questions, comments, corrections, suggestions, etc.
Also, I would love for readers to write reviews for the book, posted on your own blog (which will be linked to from www.PrayingTheMass.com) and on Amazon.com!
These are the two charities that I contribute to out of my profits on Praying the Mass: The Prayers of the People.
10% goes to my local Catholic radio station, WFJS 1260 AM, Domestic Church Radio.
Another 10% goes to the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations, which assists men and women entering religious orders by helping them pay off their college debts.
In addition to supporting them by buying a book, please consider making supplemental contributions to them. (Or, if you have local Catholic radio, support them!)
I spent Friday and Saturday in Washington, DC, at the National Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Church Music Association of America (CMAA) was co-sponsoring a Gregorian chant pilgrimage. Here is my Facebook photo album of the event.
The weekend ended with Mass (in the Extraordinary Form) celebrated in the Crypt Chapel. In addition to a schola which sang the propers, all of us sang the ordinary of the Mass (the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) in Gregorian chant. The organizers of the event allowed me to put one of my Praying the Mass "business cards" in each of the chant-materials bags, and I got a chance to speak with several other attendees about the book.
So, if you're from the Gregorian Chant pilgrimage, welcome to Praying the Mass. I have a special discount code (15% off) for you, so if you email me (and can verify your presence at said pilgrimage...) I'll give you the discount code.
What makes Praying the Mass: The Prayers of the People different from other guides to the Mass already in existence? There are a number of features in the presentation and content in Praying the Mass that clearly set it apart from books like it. I will update this list as additional features come to mind.
- It provides the new English translation of the texts of the Mass. Praying the Mass is, to my knowledge, the first catechetical guide using the new translation. Others will follow, for certain, but I hope the quality and content of my book sets a high bar for future publications.
- It highlights the changed texts. In the left margin of the text, changes to the current translation are marked with a clear visual cue (»).
- It provides the Latin text along with the English text. Faithful to the Church's call for the preservation of Latin in the Latin (Roman) Rite, the book includes the normative Latin text (with accents marks for assistance in pronunciation) above the English translation. This is also helpful because it shows how accurately the new translation renders the Latin.
- It provides an abundance of Scripture annotations. Virtually every prayer of the Mass is supplemented with interlinear Scripture annotations, more than are found in the USCCB's study copy of the Ordinary of the Mass and every other resource I have come across. A lot of the annotations are the work of my personal Scriptural research.
- A catechesis on the Nicene Creed. Every catechism I've read deals with the Apostles' Creed. In my research for Praying the Mass, I sought out explanations for some of the phrases found in the Nicene Creed that are "overlooked" in catechisms, such as "Light from Light."
One of these quotes randomly appears in the blue box at the top of the web site.
- "With zeal and patience, pastors of souls must promote the liturgical instruction of the faithful..." ~ Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium 19
- "Open your hearts, children of the Catholic Church, and come and pray the prayer of your Mother." ~ Prosper Gueranger
- "Liturgical piety ... seeks to reform ... the spiritual dispositions and practices of the Catholic faithful." ~ Alcuin Reid, O.S.B., The Organic Development of the Liturgy, p. 67
- "The most urgent task is that of the biblical and liturgical formation of the people of God..." ~ Pope John Paul II, Vicesimus Quintus Annus 15
- "It is more necessary than ever to intensify liturgical life ... by means of an appropriate formation ... of all the faithful..." ~ Pope John Paul II, Spiritus et Sponsa 7
- "Pastors should be committed to that mystagogical catechesis ... by which the faithful ... understand ... the liturgy..." ~ Pope John Paul II, Mane Nobiscum Domine 17
- "Mystagogical catechesis should [make] the faithful more sensitive to the language of signs and gestures..." ~ Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis 64b
- "Mystagogical catechesis must [bring] out the significance of the rites for the Christian life in all its dimensions..." ~ Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis 64c
- "Part of the mystagogical process is to demonstrate how the mysteries are linked to the mission [of the Church]." ~ Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis 64c
Praying the Mass. The Prayers of the People, by Jeffrey Pinyan, is a guide to the new English translation of the Mass. ... Jeff has very kindly mentioned Fr. Zuhlsdorf and myself in the acknowledgments and I have followed the progress of the book for some time in its preparation.
The book goes through all the texts that are spoken by the people during the newer form of the Mass. (A second book is planned on the prayers of the priest.) The texts are given in Latin and in the new ICEL version with a catechetical commentary that is deeply versed in the sacred scriptures. The introductory chapter includes a refreshingly sound and balanced understanding of participation in the Sacred Liturgy and the whole book could justifiably be regarded as a significant contribution to the genuine renewal of the Liturgy promoted by Pope Benedict.
Praying the Mass is a valuable guide for Catholics who want to understand more of the texts of the Mass that they say every week, and a helpful resource for entering into the texts of the Sacred Liturgy actively and prayerfully. There is much talk of the need for catechesis and preparation for the new ICEL texts. As a resource for lay people, this book deserves a place on the book list for courses, training sessions and websites devoted to such preparation.
(This is an edited version of a review posted on Fr. Finigan's blog on September 23, 2009.)
Praying the Mass: The Prayers of the People IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE as of Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 You can purchase a copy through the link above and on the left. The price is $12.00. A percentage of the proceeds will be going to certain Catholic charities which I support (and think you should, too!).
et dalmática justítiæ circúmda me semper.
Endow me, Lord, with the garment of salvation, the vestment of joy,
and with the dalmatic of justice ever encompass me.
fac, ut istud portáre sic váleam, quod cónsequar tuam grátiam. Amen.
O Lord, who said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”: Matt 11:30
grant that I might bear it well,
so as to receive your grace. Amen. Rom. 5:2; Heb. 12:15
Restore to me, Lord, the stole of immortality,
which I lost through the transgression of our first parents,
and, unworthy as I am to approach your sacred mysteries, Luke 17:10
may I yet attain to eternal joy. Sir. 2:9; Isa. 61:7
Gird me, Lord, with the cincture of purity, Eph. 6:14
and extinguish in my loins all fleshly desires, Gal. 5:16; Col. 3:5; 1 Pet. 2:11
that the virtue of continence and chastity may abide within me. 1 Th. 4:3
ut, in Sánguine Agni dealbátus, gáudiis pérfruar sempitérnis.
Purify me, Lord, and cleanse my heart so that, Ps. 51:7-9
washed in the Blood of the Lamb, I may enjoy eternal bliss. Rev. 7:14
ad expugnándos diabólicos incúrsus.
Place, O Lord, the helmet of salvation upon my head, Isa. 59:17; Eph. 6:17
that I may overcome the assaults of the devil. Eph. 6:11
Washing the Hands
Give, Lord, virtue to my hands, Ps. 29:11
to be cleansed from all stain, 2 Sam. 22:21; Jas. 4:8
that I might serve you with purity of mind and body. 1 Tim. 4:12
“Lamb of God”
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: miserére nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccáta mundi: dona nobis pacem.
Lamb of God, Gen. 22:8; Ex. 12
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lev. 16:21
Lamb of God, Rev. 5:6
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. John 1:29
Lamb of God, 1 Cor. 5:7; 1 Pet. 1:19
you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace. John 14:27; 20:26