A Devotional Journey Into The Mass - How Mass Can Become a Time of Grace, Nourishment, and Devotion

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  • A Devotional Journey Into The Mass: How Mass Can Become a Time of Grace, Nourishment, and Devotion
  • Transform your prayers at Mass into a conversation with God
  • Learn why the Mass will feel boring if you don't understand it
  • The best way in the Mass to participate in Jesus’ saving work: do you know what it is?
  • How to seek a grace-filled encounter with Jesus

If you’re unhappy because the Mass has become for you routine – or even boring and tedious – these pages are for you. They teach you eight simple ways to make your every Mass a joyful time of piety and intense devotion.

Explaining the spiritual meanings behind the signs and symbols, words and actions of the Mass, author Christopher  Carstens teaches you spiritually-enriching ways to enter the church building, make the Sign of the Cross, pray the Opening Prayer, listen to the Readings, prepare your soul at the Offertory, participate in the Eucharistic Prayer, receive Communion, and even respond to the Dismissal.

Soon – with the help of author Carstens's wise suggestions – you will be surprised to find each Eucharistic Celebration a fountain of peace for you, a profound refreshment for your soul.

Among other things you’ll learn from these pages:

•    The meaning of the “sacramental principle”: if you don’t understand it, then Mass is almost surely flat for you
•    How each element of the Liturgy has a sacramental quality about it, and can be for you a grace-filled encounter with Jesus
•    How to transform your prayers at Mass into a conversation with God
•    Why silence – both within the liturgy and outside of it – is a necessary element of that conversation with God
•    There’s a proper spiritual way to make the Sign of the Cross (do you know what it is?)
•    How the Creed can be for you the highpoint of the Liturgy of the Word
•    Why, during the collection, you should also explicitly offer Christ your heart
•    The best way in the Mass to participate in Jesus’ saving work: do you know what it is?
•    What you should desire in order to receive the Eucharist most efficaciously (and what that desire presupposes in you)
•    Coming and going through the church doors: what, each time, it should mean for you spiritually

Plus, at the end of each chapter, a list of action items for the next time you go to Mass, and much, much more to awaken in you the bright spirit of joyful devotion that we are all called to have at Mass.

About the Author

Christopher Carstens is Director of the Office for Sacred Worship in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, instructor at Mundelein’s Liturgical Institute, editor of the Adoremus Bulletin, and a voice on The Liturgy Guys podcast

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  • 5 May 23rd 2019
    A devotional Journey in to the Mass

    My husband just converted to Catholicm this Easter, our two adult sons were baptised and I was confirmed. This book came at the perfect time, to help us enter more fully into the devotion of the Mass.

    Christine Branham

  • 5 Jul 14th 2018
    Carstens' Devotional Journey into the Mass

    What a great book! I recently completed RCIA, there was no discussion about the Mass anything like what's in this book. I expect many people attend Mass missing much of what is actually there. So, good on Sophia Press for publishing this excellent guide: history, purpose, meaning! I'm following the author's instructions and reading it slowly as a devotion rather than reading primarily to gain information. It's powerful!


  • 5 Jun 8th 2018
    A Devotional Journey into the Mass

    Gave me a whole new meaning and perspective to the Mass.

    Tom Sprang

  • 5 Apr 28th 2018
    Devotional Journey into The Mass

    Your involvement in the Mass will be spiritually enriched by reading and meditating on each chapter in this book. For Catechists and teachers, this book offers fresh spiritual ways to teach the different elements of the Mass, making each element more meaningful.

    Julia Tracey

  • 5 Apr 26th 2018
    Devotional Journey into the Mass

    I'm still reading it, but it is leading me more deeply into my participation in the Mass.

    Doug Helbing

  • 5 Apr 1st 2018
    A Devotional Journey into the Mass

    I am just getting started but so far it's helped open my eyes and see Mass in a new and beautiful way.


  • 5 Mar 29th 2018
    Literally, I Was Taken On A Journey Into The Mass

    Chris Carstens literally took me on a journey into the Mass like I have never experienced before. His short book contains a treasure trove of gems that will help you understand the Mass more deeply and how it is the greatest encounter we have with Jesus Christ this side of heaven. “A Devotional Journey Into The Mass” is easy to understand and follow. While it is not a heady theological treatise on the Mass, it is founded on Sacred Scripture, Theology and the teachings of the Church.

    Chris Schmelzer

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