Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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  • Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
  • Learn about everything from "Forty Hours" to "First Fridays" to unique devotions and more
  • Informative, delightful compendium of the Catholic way of life

New converts and cradle Catholics alike are often perplexed by the myriad of devotions, traditions, practices, and beliefs that the Catholic Church has accumulated over the past twenty centuries. Why pray to St. Anthony to find something lost? Why keep a St. Christopher medal in your car? Or why bury a statue of St. Joseph upside down! in your yard when selling your house?

In Helen Hoffner's lovingly-illustrated, encyclopedic Catholic Traditions and Treasures, you ll find succinct and sometimes amusing answers to these and hundreds of other questions. This delightful book explains the origin and nature of most of the common traditions of the Catholic Faith, as well as the source and meaning of many of the quaint and obscure ones.

From Forty Hours to First Fridays and from Holy Hours to Holy Days, you'll find in these pages an informative, delightful compendium of the Catholic way of life, including information about:

Novenas * Penance * Prayers for the Dead * First Fridays * Votive Candles * Religious Medals * St. Francis Statues * Bathtub Madonnas * Holy Cards * Crucifixes * House Blessings * Prayer Corners * Advent Calendars * Jesse Trees * Marian Apparitions * Vestments * Icons * Divine Mercy * The Sacred Heart * The Liturgical Year * Holy Days * Religious Orders * The Holy See * The Roman Curia * The Divine Office * Holy Oils * Genuflecting * Relics * Stations of the Cross * The Sacraments * The Angelus * Litanies * Patron Saints

and much more to acquaint you with the many wonderful treasures and traditions of the Catholic Faith!

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  • 5 Jul 6th 2020
    I really enjoy reading this book!

    Sometimes I read "heavy" books on our faith, but I always like to pick this one up and browse and read a bit. It is extremely enjoyable and I learn something new every time!


  • 5 Jun 29th 2020

    I ordered this beautiful book for myself wanting to brush up on some of our Catholic traditions and found many treasures I had not known about before. It would be a beautiful gift for someone going through RCIA preparing to become a member of the church, a confirmation gift, or for someone, like me, who wanted to know more about my Catholic faith. Not only Catholics but other Christians who do not understand some of our traditions would be enlightened by reading this book. I am sure many copies will be flying off the shelves!

    Diana Lynn Holcomb

  • 5 Jun 29th 2020
    A Treasure of Knowledge

    This is an informative, straight to the point book providing facts to those new to the Carholic faith, as well as long time believers.

    Patty Stewart

  • 5 Jul 19th 2019
    Catholic Traditions and Treasures

    This book helps me remember things I forgot. A friend had this book and she had many questions for me. So I got the book to back me up with information.

    Earl Mawhinney

  • 5 Jan 19th 2019
    Great book

    If you're a Catholic, or are just interested in knowing about our traditions, this is the book to get. Full of information. I learned a few things. I recommend it.


  • 5 Jan 15th 2019
    Catholic Traditions & Treasures

    Just started reading it but it is hard to put down. Really very interesting.

    Virginia Easterling

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