Explore the theology and practice of the Catholic Mass with one of the world's leading liturgical professors as your guide.
The Mass or Liturgy of the Eucharist is the most important liturgy Catholics celebrate. We believe that every time we gather to celebrate we are acting in obedience to Jesus’ command to “do this in memory of me.” We have obeyed this command for nearly two thousand years, and now you can discover the spiritual meaning of this vital celebration.
With Jesuit Father James Baldovin, S.J., as your guide, you will gain powerful answers to your most important Mass questions. How did Vatican II influence Eucharistic Liturgy? How does what we celebrate today find its roots in the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of the Lord? How has the celebration of the Mass developed over the centuries? How were the Scripture passages used in the Sunday lectionary chosen? What language and ritual gestures are suitable for our celebrations? How does the Mass unite us to the Lord and to one another? How does it participate in the Paschal Mystery? What is the meaning of transubstantiation?
Fr. Baldovin answers these and many other questions about the most important of our Catholic liturgical celebrations. Lifelong Catholics looking for a deeper understanding of the Liturgy of the Eucharist will treasure this course. Join Fr. Baldovin on this essential course today.
*This course was previously titled The Catholic Mass Today
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About Your Presenter
John F. Baldovin, S.J. has been teaching in university and seminary settings for the past 28 years. He is currently Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has taught at Fordham University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Fr. Baldovin worked with the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) from 1994-2002. He is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the international ecumenical Societas Liturgica. He is currently president of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and the Liturgy.
His most recent books are Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation: Understanding the Mass (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Liturgical Press, 2008).
- The Mass in History
- The Entrance Rite of the Mass
- Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word
- The Catholic Lectionary
- The Prayers of the Faithful and Presenting the Gifts
- What is a Eucharistic Prayer?
- The Eucharistic Prayers Today
- The Communion Rite and the Ministries of the Mass
- The Ritual and Language of the Mass
- A Theology of the Eucharist
- Why go to Mass?