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Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass

Christopher Carstens, Douglas Martis

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Mystical Body, Mystical Voice®: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass helps us understand the beauty of what the Roman Missal offers for fruitful liturgical participation as members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Fundemental to this book is the understanding that the words we say at Mass make a difference because language itself is sacramental. The language we use makes present that which we believeMystical Body, Mystical Voice® is rooted in this principle and will help us grow deeper in our understanding and experience of the Liturgy. Mystical Body, Mystical Voice is intended to assist pastors, associate pastors, deacons, directors of liturgy, music directors, religious education programs, and parish and diocesan leaders in their catechesis about the Mass. The book explores:

  • •   The sacramental nature of the liturgy
  • •   The symbolic use of words in the liturgy
  • •   A brief history of translation of the missal
  • •   An examination of the texts of the Mass
  • •   A section on liturgical catechesis

Mystical Body, Mystical Voice® is an unusually rich and thorough exploration of the meaning of the Liturgy - the signs, symbols, and language of our worship, and the divine reality that animates all three.  Comprehensive in their scope, engaging in their detail, the authors have created an invaluable theological resource for the Church as we welcome the implementation of the new Roman Missal.

—Charles J. Chaput, OFM. Cap.
Archbishop of Denver


Mystical Body, Mystical Voice® offers a clear and yet theologically profound exploration of the new translation of the Mass.  It will be an indispensable point of reference in the ongoing mystagogical formation of the faithful as Catholics learn to pray communally with the new translation.  The authors offer no mere explanation of the meaning of the words of the Mass.  Rather, they succeed in forming the reader with a deep sensitivity to the supernatural reality of the Mass, made accessible through sacramental words and signs.

—Prof. James Pauley, STL, STD (Cand.)
Assistant Professor of Theology and Catechetics
Franciscan University of Steubenville