Deepen Your Understanding of the Church's Liturgy
About this book:
In an exceptional combination of one of the most ancient forms of Scripture study with the history, theology, and scriptural perspective of the Eucharistic liturgy, Stephen Binz leads us on an incredible journey of enlightenment and appreciation.
Using the new translation of the Roman Missal, Binz explores the biblical foundation of each element of the Mass, offering thirty lessons to deepen love for the Eucharist, moving readers through study, reflection, prayer, and action.
Lectio divina, the ancient practice of Scripture immersion, is at the heart of this process. Combined with the tradition and scholarship of the Church, it explores complex topics with sequential steps of study, meditation, and internalization. Specifically, every chapter leads you forward through a sequence of: Listening- Reading Scripture with expectancy, trusting that God will speak his word to us through it
Understanding- Seeking to comprehend the meaning of the text, encountering God there and being changed by that encounter
Reflecting- Linking the truth of the Scriptures to the experience of faith in the world in which we live
Praying- A dialogue with God: we listen to God, then we respond in prayer
Acting- After prayerfully listening to God through a passage of Scripture, we should be inspired to make a difference in the way we live
What people are saying about this book:
Stephen Binz's The Mass in Scriptures provides every reader with an opportunity to learn how to pray the parts of the Mass with devotion and understanding. Binz's straightforward writing allows readers of all levels to learn what the Council set out as one of the great goals of its liturgical reform: the increased participation of the faithful at every Mass.
-Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
The Mass in Scripture is an insightful resource for individual and group study by Catholics who wish to further their understanding of the biblical roots of the Mass and the meaning of the coming changes in the Mass prayers. Stephen Binz has provided a well-organized and clearly written guide that can only heighten appreciation for the inexhaustible riches of our Catholic mass.
-His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Stephen Binz invites us to move beyond the surface words we say to the meaning of what we do. He has provided a remarkable tool for just such reflection. Using an ancient pattern of reflection, prayer, and action, and grounding his work in the historical and theological underpinnings of what we celebrate today, he provides a unique exploration of the various parts of the Eucharistic liturgy, at once solid and accessible. Individuals and groups alike will profit immensely from this book.
-Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, former Professor of Word and Worship at the Catholic Theological Union, Mission Consultant in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools