The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth
Publication Date: November 9, 1999
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Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes. Yet most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sundays fail to see the powerful supernatural drama that enfolds them. Pope John Paul II described the Mass as "Heaven on Earth," explaining that what "we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy."
The Lamb’s Supper reveals a long-lost secret of the Church: The early Christians' key to understanding the mysteries of the Mass was the New Testament Book of Revelation. With its bizarre imagery, its mystic visions of heaven, and its end-of-time prophecies, Revelation mirrors the sacrifice and celebration of the Eucharist.
Beautifully written, in clear direct language, bestselling Catholic author Scott Hahn's new book will help readers see the Mass with new eyes, pray the liturgy with a renewed heart, and enter into the Mass more fully, enthusiastically, intelligently, and powerfully than ever before.
Scott W. Hahn is an American Roman Catholic lay theologian, contemporary author, professor, and Christian apologist. A former Presbyterian who converted to Catholicism, Hahn's popular works include Rome Sweet Home and The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. His lectures have been featured in multiple audio distributions through Lighthouse Catholic Media. Hahn is known for his notable research on early Christianity during the Apostolic Age and various theoretical works concerning the early Church fathers. Hahn presently teaches at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Catholic university in the United States. Hahn is married to Kimberly Hahn, who co-runs their Catholic apostolate, the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
I was first introduced to this book through Lighthouse Catholic Media; Scott Hahn gives a talk on CD, with the same title, overviewing this book.
I still remember the moment I pulled into my high school parking lot just as this CD was finished. I sat there stunned. I had been poorly catechized and I had no idea that there was so much depth to Catholic theology. Most of what I had heard or read up until that point was not very substantial. This lit a fire in me that has never gone out since I This is also when I first knew, in an much more intimate way than before, that the faith is REAL.
I went on to read the book and appreciated all the extra detail, but nothing can replace hearing Dr. Hahn's passionate voice. I recommend starting with the CD and then reading the book. You'll remember the work better as well.