The Mass and Its Folklore

The Mass and Its Folklore

Author: John Hobson Matthews
Publisher: Tumblar House
Format: Paperback
Pages: 102
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There are many good and popular English books on the Mass. Some of them treat the subject after the manner of a Rationale, explaining the significance of the prayers and ceremonies of the Eucharistic rite; others are historical and antiquarian, and elucidate the origin and evolution of the ceremonial—while of devotional books there is no end. This book, however, is a treatise on the folklore and minor antiquities of the Mass; by which are meant the various aspects and the numerous details of the Holy Sacrifice which have so impressed the minds of Catholics in the past as to leave permanent traces in the popular traditions and speech. The aim of this book is to stimulate love for the ancient Mass by showing how it was valued by our ancestors in ages of faith, and what our predecessors in the penal times willingly suffered for its sake. Foreword by Charles A. Coulombe.

"A very remarkable book by a very remarkable man...This little book can be a powerful inspiration." -- Charles A. Coulombe, author of Puritan's Empire

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Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
The Mass and Its Folklore

The book is quite good. I am happy of its contents for I will be able to be more in depth with my talk with the faithful. The only drawback I can see is that this book took a little over a month to receive it. I received it this past Friday.

Adds Wonder

This is a beautiful little book written by a man well in love with his Faith and the cultures he lived within. Mr. Matthews brings together wonderful little tidbits from across Europe that show how Holy Mass impacted local cultures and left its imprint on the people today. Most beautiful were the descriptions of how dedicated the men and women of England were during the Penal Times, when they had to travel in the darkness of night through perilous forests to abandoned chapels that secretly held Holy Mass by traveling priests. Their dedication is a testimony that all should know of. This little book shows a glimpse of the beauty of the Faith, which in our current times we perceive to be so dull.

Mass and folklore

Ok. I've read similar work. I was hoping for something new.

Fascinating and well written

A very good book to be understand and get a feeling for what the Mass meant to our forefathers.

A little book with a big topic

This book is not only a great introduction to the old Mass, but it is a love story about the Mass itself. For being such a small book, almost tract-like in it's brevity, do not let it fool you. Interspersed among its discussions on the Mass itself are wonderful little stories of traditions and folklore. A great read.