December and January were quiet months for us, with everyone busy with Christmas and New Year’s. But we are getting back into the swing of things now and we are working on finding priests who might say the Latin Mass for us.
Also, we are all out of brochures at St. Ambrose again! So I will have to put out some more for interested folk.
That is all to report on that front, so I thought I would do a book review of Treasure and Tradition for anyone considering adding this book to their collection. I ordered my copy and recently finished reading it through.
At Mass the other day someone asked what the priest was wearing and when I said “a stole and chasuble”, she asked, “how do you know all that?” I said it’s because I have….a book! You too can know things with books. 😉
I found it to be a wonderful book, full of useful information. I wish I had had it when I first started attending the Extraordinary Form. It’s like a mini course on the history of the Mass as well as a missal you can take to Mass with you to help you follow along.
The book starts with some useful explanations of the parts of the Mass, types of Mass, the music of the Mass, the Church calendar, and the liturgical seasons.
It also has handy pages about vestments and sacred vessels.
One thing that really thrills me about this book is the word-for-word interlinear translation of the Latin text, where each Latin word has its English equivalent right underneath it. This helps me to better understand the original Latin, because sometimes the English syntax is too different from the Latin for me to be able to figure out the meaning of each Latin word.
There are very useful references to the Old Testament that make connections between what we do in Mass today and the ways in which it draws from ancient Jewish tradition. There are sometimes explanations from Church history about how certain parts made their way into the liturgy, such as the Creed.
I liked these little tidbits about why we believe only the priest may touch the Holy Eucharist with his bare hands, and why the priest keeps his thumb and forefingers together after he has touched the Host. It sends a powerful message about our belief in the Real Presence and the extreme care with which the Eucharist must be handled.
Treasure and Tradition is filled with a lot of extra information, such as this page about the history of the Catholic Bible and its translations. It also explains the Divine Office, includes a detailed glossary, and has prayers for confession and for before and after Communion.
It ends with a bibliography for further reading.
Thanks for tuning in! We will continue to keep you updated with our progress.
God bless you all.