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Rifhen | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Apr 11 2021 4:18 AM

I have the Roman Missal, but is there a product in Verbum that integrates into one layout for every day the mass readings, the prayers and the responses?  Something like what is available in iBreviary but even including the daily readings?

Separate Question - Are there resources available in Verbum that you would recommend for studying the mass?  I am familiar with Scott Hahn's book, but what I mean is not studying it generically but studying things like the daily structure of the liturgy, why certain prayers are used at certain times, why certain scripture readings are associated with certain days, and things like that?  

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 11 2021 6:08 AM

Rifhen:
I have the Roman Missal, but is there a product in Verbum that integrates into one layout for every day the mass readings, the prayers and the responses?  Something like what is available in iBreviary but even including the daily readings?

No, there is not.

Rifhen:
Are there resources available in Verbum that you would recommend for studying the mass?  I am familiar with Scott Hahn's book, but what I mean is not studying it generically but studying things like the daily structure of the liturgy, why certain prayers are used at certain times, why certain scripture readings are associated with certain days, and things like that?

I presume you're referring to The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth.

Catholic for a Reason III: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mass, edited by Scott Hahn and Regis J. Flaherty, includes a number of essays, some of which directly address aspects of things you mentioned:

  • "A Biblical Walk through the Mass" by Edward Sri addresses various prayers in the Mass and their connections to Scripture
  • "The Mass and the Synoptic Gospels" focuses in on those connections with respect to the Consecration
  • "Time for Liturgy 'Appointed Times' in Judaism and Christianity" by Sean Innerst addresses aspects of the liturgical calendar, with a special section on the Holy Triduum
  • "The Mass and the Apocalypse" by Michael Barber explicitly builds on or supplements The Lamb's Supper with its connections between Revelation and the Mass
  • "The Mass and Evangelization" by Curtis Martin starts with a reflection on non-Catholic participation in the Mass and why it is necessarily incomplete
  • "A Marriage Made in Heaven Eucharistic and Marital Communion" by Kimberly Hahn (wife of Scott Hahn) goes through the prayers and structure of the Rite of Marriage as celebrated within Mass.

Some of the other essays in that work might be interesting to you as well.

Although of a different nature, the 2004 instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum: On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist promulgated by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments does contain a good deal about how the Mass is to be celebrated and not celebrated and why, principally from the perspective of preventing people from doing it wrong.

Near the beginning of the Roman Missal itself is the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), which begins with general explanations of what the Mass is and how to celebrate it (and why) before moving into its different parts and how to carry them out.

The wonderful 2007 Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis by Pope Benedict XVI contains, among other things, a section on the structure of the Mass as well as other explanations scattered elsewhere of things like the meaning of the priest's saying "The mystery of faith!"

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)'s classic The Spirit of the Liturgy includes sections on the different postures of the Mass and their meaning, the Sign of the Cross, gestures in the Mass, the meaning and purpose of sacred vestments, some aspects of the liturgical calendar, why there is and should be liturgical music and what music is appropriate for the liturgy and why, the importance of the church building in which Mass is celebrated, the legitimacy and nature of sacred images which often adorn churches in which Mass is celebrated, and some other things that might be of interest to you. 

The T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy, edited by Dom Alcuin Reid, contains a wide variety of scholarly essays on elements of the liturgy. Not to be missed for your purposes is its lengthy concluding "A-Z Study of the Catholic Liturgy", essentially a well-written glossary of relevant terms.

These works are all of varying natures and have different degrees of accessibility (the first I suggested is probably the most easily readable), but I hope that on the whole these suggestions will prove helpful.

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Rifhen | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 11 2021 12:05 PM

Thank you SineNomine, this is great and exactly the kind of information I was looking for.  I really appreciate it!

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Apr 11 2021 2:13 PM

How to use the Verbum Lectionary and Missal; will walk you through navigating it in the Verbum/Logos resources.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 12 2021 7:24 AM

Rifhen:

Thank you SineNomine, this is great and exactly the kind of information I was looking for.  I really appreciate it!

You're welcome! I hope you enjoy your studies and will post again if you would like more recommendations for future learning.

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