Mass at Advent has a special significance if we can better understand what’s happening.

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Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Jesus Christ. Miriam Gormally spoke with Patrick Mullins OCarm, who has written a book on “The Mass, Understanding Whats What“. Here he explains why the mass at Advent is so special and how we can better understand what is happening by taking a little time to prepare.

The Book – “The Mass: Understanding Whats What”

This book is a guide to what happens at Mass and why. It is divided neatly into six chapters focussing on:

  • the significance of the Last Supper and the origins of the Eucharist
  • the four separate parts of the Mass and the role and function of each
  • the different roles of both clergy and lay people when the Eucharist is celebrated
  • the physical arrangement of the church where Mass is celebrated
  • the technical terms used in relation to the Mass and the significance of these terms in the light of Catholic doctrine concerning the Eucharist;
  • how the Mass changes us and enriches our lives.

Each chapter provides a selection of resources for further reading.