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The History of the Mass

  • Professor, Boston College School of Theology
  • Past President, N. American Academy of Liturgy
  • Ph.D., Yale University
12 Lectures (5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide


List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95


List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95

List: $119.95

Sale: $29.95

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You are invited to come to a deeper understanding of our Mass.

The Catholic Mass is central to our identity. We believe that every time we gather to celebrate we are acting in obedience to Jesus' command to "do this in memory of me." Christians throughout the world have obeyed this command for nearly two thousand years, in great cathedrals and simple country churches, in battlefields and prison cells. Some have given their lives as martyrs for the privilege of celebrating the Lord's death and resurrection and for partaking of His real sacramental presence in Holy Communion.

Now, discover the spiritual meaning of our celebration in this fascinating series. Through 12 lectures, you will explore the beauty and theology of the Mass as never before with one of the world’s leading liturgical professors as your personal guide.

If you are like many thoughtful Catholics, you might have a number of questions about the Mass. 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? What is the spiritual meaning of our celebration? How did Vatican II impact Eucharistic Liturgy? Why do we read the portions of Scripture that are used in the Sunday Lectionary?

Boston College professor and Jesuit Father John Baldovin answers these and many other questions about the most important of our Catholic liturgical celebrations.  You will find these lectures brilliant and uplifting.

Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.
3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.

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).

Topic Titles

  • Why Study the History of the Liturgy?
  • The Earliest Liturgies in the Didache and Justin Martyr
  • The Beginnings of the Eucharistic Prayer
  • The Development of the Entrance Rites and the Liturgy of the Word
  • The Classic Eucharistic Prayers
  • The Byzantine Liturgy
  • The Roman Mass in the Middle Ages: Liturgy of the Word
  • The Roman Mass in the Middle Ages: Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • The Roman Mass in the Middle Ages: Medieval Developments in Mass
  • The Challenge of the Protestant Reformation
  • The Catholic Response
  • Liturgical Reform in the 18th-20th Centuries

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Buy this product as a bundle and save!

  1. The History of the Mass Bundle: The Mass: Welcome to the Sacred Banquet +The History of the Mass - 10 CDs Total $134.95
  2. The History of the Mass Bundle: The History of the Mass + Lent, Holy Week, and Easter - 10 CDs Total $54.95

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Provides a solid grounding Review by John H.
Provides a solid grounding in the basic tenets of this feature of the faith. (Posted on 4/28/2016)

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