Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Great New Book On The Mass!

Jeff Pinyan of The Cross Reference has just finished writing a book on the new English translation of the Mass . He stopped over today and brought a couple early pre-release copies (still a bit more editing to do before the official release). The book is entitled "Praying the Mass-The Prayers of the People"
Just reading a few chapters quickly I can tell you it is easy to read and "unpacks" the Mass for you. The Mass is the highest form of worship we have here on earth and Jeff illuminates it for us in great detail. He annotates each section with Scripture so you can see where the particular part of the liturgy is derived. Not only does he provide a great understanding of the current translation of the Mass, but discusses the gestures and postures that accompany the Mass. His chapter on the Sign of the Cross is worth the price of the book alone. I suspect this book will become a favorite of RCIA teachers and catechists who desire to help their students develop a true Eucharistically-centered understanding of the Mass. If I had been taught from a book like this in 1973, there is a fair chance I may not have left the Church!
Jeff's book is really what the New Evangelization is all about. Good job Jeff. Our prayers are with you as the final details are worked out in publishing this great little book.
Check here to find out about its release date.


Blogger Gretchen said...

I am looking forward to buying a copy as soon as it comes out! I hope Jeff will sign it for me. I can also say I "knew him when."

July 04, 2009 4:05 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

I just realized I forgot to get him to sign it!
I hope to have him over to do a podcast when the book is officially launched, then I'll get a signed copy :)

July 04, 2009 5:01 PM  
Blogger Jeff Pinyan (japhy) said...

If y'all want signed copies, I would suggest (but not impose) that you introduce your pastor to the book and ask if he would like me to come visit the parish to give an hour-long presentation (with Q&A) on the book (encompassing the new translation, participation, and the liturgy in general).

Just an idea. ;)

July 05, 2009 7:35 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

very good idea Jeff!!!

July 05, 2009 8:23 PM  
Anonymous abbeyboy said...

Dear Sir or Madam,
My book 'Rosslyn Chapel Revealed' has recently been published by The History Press.
Would you like a review copy?
The book is written from the Roman Catholic viewpoint as I was educated at a monastic school for 10 years.
Many thanks,
Michael T R B Turnbull


‘Rosslyn Chapel Revealed’ is unique in exploring the landscape of Midlothian in depth — the geology, the flora and fauna, illustrated by fascinating antique maps. It was this landscape that supplied the pink, yellow and grey stone for Rosslyn Chapel, cut from the ancient wildernesses of Roslin Glen.

‘Rosslyn Chapel Revealed’ explains in detail what few have done before — the daily life of the priests and choirboys at Rosslyn Chapel, one of 40 collegiate churches set up as powerhouses of prayer and song — some of the music still happily preserved in major libraries across Europe.

‘Rosslyn Chapel Revealed’ makes clear the central role of the Scots scholar Fr Richard Augustine Hay, related to the Sinclair by marriage, and involved in the strange but brief years around 1688 when King James VII set up a Roman Catholic Chapel Royal at Holyrood, a printing-press and a school and Fr Hay took part in the services.

‘Rosslyn Chapel Revealed’ explores the landscape of Midlothian from Temple village (home of glass artist and clarsach player Alison Kinnaird and folk musician Robin Morton, and once home to painter Sir William Gillies and author George Scott-Moncrieff), to Soutra Aisle and the unique ecumenical community of the Transfiguration.

‘Rosslyn Chapel Revealed’ uncovers the role of Sir Walter Scott in increasing the Chapel’s reputation for mystery and the ways in which successive poets, painters and photographers celebrated the extraordinary design of the Chapel.

‘Rosslyn Chapel Revealed’ ends with a new mystery, a challenge to its readers to uncover the truth behind an act of sacrilege committed in the Chapel in the 1470s, the answer to which lies in the Secret Vatican Archives in Rome.

Among the myths ‘Rosslyn Chapel Revealed’ lays to rest are:

• The Apprentice Pillar (also known as the ‘Prince’s Pillar) is a story found at a number of other medieval churches in Britain and the Continent. Interviews with 3 working stonemasons and an apprentice mason (at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral Workshop, Edinburgh) show that no apprentice would have the skill to carve such a pillar that would take a year to complete

• Knights Templar the Sinclair family were Crusaders (fighting to free the Holy Land). Templars had to swear vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Sinclairs were married, well-to-do and vowed allegiance only to the King.

• American Corn two academic botanists with PhDs are quoted as finding no evidence of any specific botanical specimen in the decoration of the Chapel, apart, perhaps, from Hart’s Tongue Fern, an ancient plant that still grows in Roslin Glen.

• Freemasons Freemasonic images were added to the Chapel in the 1860s when the Fourth Earl of Rosslyn, Grand Master Mason of Scotland, commissioned the architect David Bryce to ‘restore’ the Chapel. He took out a number of damaged stone ‘bosses’ in the Lady Chapel and replaced them with new, quasi-masonic carvings

• The Red Light-Box photographs by Hill & Adamson show that the medieval tracery of the East Window was entirely different to that in the window today. New stone tracery and stained glass were inserted in the 1860s, including the triangle of red glass said to be a ‘light-box.’

Michael T R B Turnbull
Rosslyn Chapel Revealed
(The History Press, 2009 paperback) ISBN-13: 978-0750944823

All these facets of Rosslyn Chapel are profusely illustrated with some 30 colour photographs and 200 black and white images, as well as a copious footnotes substantiating all the evidence provided in the book, a detailed index and a contact list of useful organisations.

November 11, 2009 3:27 AM  

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