Meditations before Mass

A classic guide to preparing oneself for Mass by the author of The Art of Praying
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Publication date: April 28, 2014

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A treasury of spiritual wisdom on how to prepare your mind, body, and heart for Mass from one of the twentieth century’s great theologians, Meditations before Mass is Romano Guardini’s smart and beautiful guide to spiritual preparation for the source and summit of Christian worship.

Meditations before Mass is a wise, pastoral, and timeless classic on preparing for Mass—it is an example of twentieth-century theologian Romano Guardini at his very best. Meditations before Mass was written before Vatican II, but its relevance has endured over the past sixty years. Not a “how to” book for either the old or the new Roman Rite, it is instead a spiritual feast for the mind and heart, and a guide for modern people who wish to make sense of the Church’s feasts and liturgies. Meditations before Mass has helped thousands of readers participate more fully in Christian liturgy and continues to do so today.

Features & Benefits:

  • Guardini is considered by Catholic scholars to be a theological giant.
  • Guardini’s work was hugely influential on the Second Vatican Council and is essential reading for those who wish to better understand how the new Mass came about.
  • An accessible and pastoral work by a theological genius that can be appreciated by specialists and non-specialists alike.
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a student of Guardini’s, paid homage to Guardini by naming his own book on the liturgy after Guardini’s The Spirit of the Liturgy.

Product Details

Pages: 224

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9780870612855

Imprint: Christian Classics

  • “Promotes a renewed people.”

    “With these meditations you can sense the active participation of the people already coming to birth in the 1950s. Guardini promotes not just a renewed liturgy, but a renewed people.”

    Rev. Paul Turner
    Author of At the Supper of the Lamb

  • “A veritable classic.”

    “Like fine wines, some books get better as they age. Placed alongside the reformed Eucharistic liturgy of Vatican II this veritable classic will continue to instruct, inspire, and enrich the present and future generations of Catholics for whom the liturgy is the summit and source of our lives.”

    Msgr. Kevin Irwin
    Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies
    The Catholic University of America

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