SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor

August 22, 2007 15:23 ET

"The Mass of the Early Christians" Available Through Our Sunday Visitor

HUNTINGTON, IN--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - A profoundly Eucharistic spirituality pervaded the life of the early Christians and illumined their reading of the Bible. The Mass was the place where Christians encountered the Scriptures. More than a millennium before the invention of the printing press, few people could afford "books," which were parchments copied out by hand -- a laborious and expensive process. Moreover, few could read. Yet congregations absorbed the words of Scripture that were proclaimed during the liturgy and were explained in homilies by their bishops and priests.

In "The Mass of the Early Christians, 2nd Edition" author Mike Aquilina reveals the Church's most ancient Eucharistic beliefs and practices. Using the words of the early Christians themselves -- from many documents and inscriptions -- Aquilina traces the Mass's history from Jesus' lifetime through the fourth century. The Mass stood at the center of the Church's life, evident in the Scriptures as well as the earliest Christian sermons, letters, artwork, tombstones, and architecture. Even the pagans bore witness to the Mass in the records of their persecutions.

In fact, every generation of the Church's history has left us evidence of its Eucharistic life.

"You will see and hear the Mass as it was celebrated in the time of the apostles and in each of almost ten generations afterward. As a Catholic, you will know this church as your Church, this Mass as your Mass." -- Scott Hahn, Franciscan University of Steubenville from the Introduction of "The Mass of the Early Christians, 2nd Edition"

"The Mass of the Early Christians, 2nd Edition" by Mike Aquilina is published by Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, Indiana.

PURCHASE INFO:    ISBN 978-1-59276-320-7
                  Softcover,  255 pages
                  Retail price $13.95

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