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Mass books deepen faith

January 16, 2015
Mary Bordi
La Honda

Thank you for the book review “New books offer valuable guidance in understanding the Mass,” in the Jan. 9 edition. I’m always pleased to find recommendations for resources to help me in understanding the Mass and deepening my faith.

I would like to suggest a recently published book for our brothers and sisters who have an interest in the extraordinary form of the Mass: “Treasure and Tradition, The Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass” by Lisa Bergman (St. Augustine Academy Press).

This beautifully illustrated hardcover book combines elements of a coffee-table book, a textbook and a missal. It includes the Latin and English Mass texts but it also has extensive notes and illustrations covering the history, actions, prayers and the “why” of the Mass. For those new to the extraordinary form there is a chart to help in case you lose your place during Mass.

A letter to the editor is no place for a full review, so I will leave it at that.

I wanted to mention this helpful book because you can find the extraordinary form of the Mass celebrated every day of the week in various churches in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and surrounding dioceses.

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