The Rev. Sean McDermott, editor of the website Earth & Altar, is pleased to announce the publication of Earth & Altar’s first book, Guide to the Mass for Anglican Youth and Newcomers. Jackie Jamison and Father McDermott are the authors of this new work. Amy and Matthew Clark assisted with book design and providing original illustrations. This book fills an important gap in Anglican literature for a step-by-step guide for recent converts to Anglicanism.
Guide to the Mass for Anglican Youth and Newcomers helps lead people through the 1928 Prayer Book Office of Holy Communion. As Anglicans, the celebration of the Holy Communion, also called the Mass, is the center of the practice of our faith. But what does it all mean? Guide to the Mass explores the words and gestures of the liturgy and explains their profound significance. This book features a simple step-by-step walk-through of the Holy Communion service from the prayer book, as well as answering common questions. The book also includes sections discussing the Church Calendar, Guide to Music in the Mass, What’s What in the Church, Mass Etiquette, and more.
Though specifically written for youth and newcomers, Guide to the Mass provides information for anyone to deepen their understanding of the Mass. Why do we bow? What is the priest doing at the altar? Why do we kneel? What is the purpose of incense? Why do bells ring? These are just a few of the many questions that are answered in this book.
The book may be purchased at Amazon.
Jackie Jamison is the author of Anglican Prayers for Children and is a member of All Saints Anglican Church, Charlottesville, Virginia. Fr. McDermott is the curate of the same church. Amy and Matthew Clark are members of St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral, Oviedo, Florida.