Many books have rightly been written on the Holy Mass, the application to a particular time and place of the Eternal Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. None, however, conveys the power and all-consuming majesty of the Divine Liturgy of the Eucharistic Sacrifice as well as The Hidden Treasure. It is the prototype of all subsequent works about the Holy Mass.
The author, St. Leonard of Port Maurice, was a humble Franciscan ascetic renowned as a preacher in his own times but fallen into relative obscurity in our own age. Fortunately, TAN has preserved the fruits of the sanctity that could write such words as these on the Holy Mass: "It is the sun of Christianity, the soul of the Faith, the center of the Catholic religion, the grand object of all her rites, ceremonies, and Sacraments; in a word, it is the condensation of all that is good and beautiful in the Church of God."
Within these pages, find described the immortal merits of the sacrifice of the Mass, one and the same as Christ's on Calvary: how it expiates for our sins and satisfies God's justice perfectly, and how it brings endless blessings from heaven, both temporal and spiritual. In addition, learn how to assist reverently and fruitfully at Holy Mass and, as St. Leonard writes, to be counted among the priests of the New Covenant by virtue of baptism as our prayers our offered through ordained priests in union with Christ Himself, the Eternal High Priest.
Nothing is more glorious on this earth or in heaven than the immeasurable sacrifice of the Mass; for it is one and the same as Jesus Christ's on Calvary, "the Lamb standing as slain from the foundation of the world," the eternal work of the hidden God made present for us. And there is no better guide to this most mysterious trove of grace as The Hidden Treasure.
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The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass
Review of The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass As noted by the eminent Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani (in his magistral brief to Pope Paul VI A Brief Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missae by a group of Roman Theologiansù) the dogmas relating to the Holy Sacrifice of Mass as taught by the Council of Trent, are of such a nature that to these dogmas the Catholic conscience is bound forever.ù What are these dogmas that the Catholic conscience is forever bound? 1. The Holy Mass is a true and proper Sacrifice. 2. In the Sacrifice of the Mass, Christs Sacrifice on the Cross is made present, its memory is celebrated, and its saving power is applied. 3. In the Sacrifice of the Mass and in the Sacrifice of the Cross the Sacrificial Gift and the Primary Sacrificing Priest are identical; only the nature and mode of the offering are different. 4. The Sacrifice of the Mass is not merely a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, but also a sacrifice of expiation and impetration. These beautiful Catholic dogmatic statements are clearly and forcefully brought to life for the modern-day Catholic by this wonderful book by St Leonard of Port Maurice. St Leonard is considered the greatest missionary priest of the 18th century and when you read this book you will understand why. This book provides a forceful presentation of the profound nature of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and will be of benefit to all who read it. It is well written and translated and was originally written for the common Catholic reader with no formal theological training. I have read and reread this book many times. This marvelous book has enlarged my understanding of and deepened my interior participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I wish I could buy a copy of this book and give one to every Catholic in the world. May the good God bless all who read this review.
A Treasure Indeed
This is one of the most important books in my collection. Every Catholic will benefit from it and should read it as well as St Leonard of Port Maurices sermon on the Few that are Savedù. I attend the Latin Mass and this book allows one to assist at Mass with profit. A must have.
I will never attend mass in the same way again!! Thank you!! :pray:
Our rich inheritance
After reading this you will never attend Mass the same way.