Catholic Review of: Understanding the Mass: 100 Questions, 100 Answers
Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Easy
By Karen (NJ) - See all my reviews
Have questions about the Mass? This book has answers.
A while back I had the opportunity to read Mike Aquilina's Understanding The Mass 100 Questions 100 Answers. As with every book I've ever read by Mike Aquilina, this book did not disappoint. His writing style is engaging and keeps your turning pages. Whether you're new to the Mass or are a seasoned pro, you're likely to find something new and enlightening in this book.
What is this book? Well, it's a book that is comprised of questions and answers surrounding the Mass. The questions cover every aspect of the Mass and are grouped into nine categories. Those categories are as follows: Basics of the Mass, The Eucharist: The Real Presence of Christ, Scriptural and Historical Roots, The Celebrant, Obligation and Opportunity, Rites, Properly Equipped, Receiving Communion, and The Parts of the Mass. Essentially, this book covers all the basics and more.
With the new translation of the Roman Missal I'm sure there are plenty of Catholics who might still have questions about why changes were made, this book will answer some of the questions many Catholics may have regarding changes to the responses. Those who still balk at the new translation may feel better about those changes after reading the explanations in this book.
As I read through this book I couldn't help but think this would be perfect for anyone who is new to the Catholic church. It would make an excellent gift for someone who has just gone through RCIA or someone who is considering converting to Catholicism. It would also be a great book to give to a newly confirmed child. The book provides excellent catechesis on the Mass and is an easy read.
I was provided with a complimentary review copy of this book by the publisher, Servant Books, in exchange for my honest review.