Promise of Future Glory

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Reflections on the Mass. Paperback book in good condition.
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    'The Mass is indeed an eternal mystery. We can never receive all its treasures until we are brought to its completion in the banquet of heaven. Until that day, in each celebration of the Mass, we try to enter more deeply into the beginnings of the age to come.'

    Every time we pray the Mass we are drawn into the mystery of God's action in our lives. In Promise of Future Glory, Vincent Nichols reflects on each step of the Mass and on how the liturgy reveals the working of God, in Christ, through the power of the Holy Spririt. The Penitential Rite, the Opening Prayer, the Creed, the presentation of the gifts - each becomes a starting point for understanding how God gives his gifts of forgiveness, community and new life. We also explore the link between the 'inner moment' of the celebration of the Eucharist and the 'outward movement' to which we are called. Strengthened in Christ, we are to be agents of his mission in our world, unitl we come, at last, to the fullness of future glory. All those who wish to understand and pray the Mass more deeply will be helped by this book. Clearly and attractively written, it draws on sources both ancient and modern, presenting the liturgy of the Eucharist in a way that will enrich and inspire. 

    Vincent Nichols is Bishop in North London in the Archdiocese of Westminster, and was previously General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. He has also served as a parish priest in Liverpool. This is his first book.