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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd revised & enlarged edition

This is the current edition of the official Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is safe to say that this is the most important standard Catholic reference work available today. Available in several formats, new and used.

Compendium : Catechism of the Catholic Church

This 200-page Compendium of the Catechism was prepared by a commission established by Pope St. John Paul II and headed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. The question-and-answer format makes this work especially helpful to parents, priests and teachers in the instruction of youth and those preparing to enter the Church. The book includes images taken from the great works of sacred art.

Daily Roman Missal 3rd Edition

This is the complete source of the Bible passages and prayers that form the rich tapestry of the Mass. Now with larger print, and all readings for a day are contained in each entry, not referenced throughout the volume. Illustrations from illuminated manuscripts grace the pages. Sixteen new saints in the Church's calendar of feast days are added. Features relevant passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Prayers for before and after Mass expanded with new translations more faithful to the Latin originals. The Daily Roman Missal, Third Edition, durable and beautiful with a burgundy padded leather cover and 6 ribbon markers, is both a tool and a treasure for any Catholic who wishes to learn about, love, and live the Mass more fully.

Graduale Simplex (simplified Gregorian chant for Mass)

This collection of Gregorian chant is a direct response to the Second Vatican Council's call for a book of simpler chants for the Mass. It contains authentic but simpler propers for all the seasons, solemnities, and major feasts of the liturgical year, the principal ritual and votive masses, the commons of saints, a shorter Kyriale, and all the chants for the Mass. All the texts (in Latin) are from the Ordinary Form. If you want to introduce Gregorian chant to your parish but are worried about the complexities of singing different, difficult chants on a weekly basis, look no further: Here is your sourcebook. Vatican Press, 1988, paperback, 515 pp. [Note: You may wish to check availability and pricing direct from the Vatican Press.] Called to our attention by Conor Cook.

Handbook of Prayers: Including New Revised Order of Mass

The Seventh Edition of Handbook of Prayers is published in accordance with Roman Missal, Third Edition. Every Catholic should have access to this complete, compact treasury of prayers. Features: Basic prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Morning Offering, Apostles' Creed, and The Liturgy of the Hours; Order of the Mass in English (new translation) and Latin; Prayers before and after Mass; Guide for a good confession; Devotions to the Blessed Trinity, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary, and St. Joseph; and Hundreds of prayers in all. More than 100,000 copies have been sold in three languages.

Manual of Indulgences

This volume from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops presents Catholic teaching on indulgences, including the current norms and a number of specific prayers and pious practices associated with indulgences. You may find that certain things you already do every day carry an indulgence.

Shorter Christian Prayer - Large Type Edition, 2004

Shorter Christian Prayer is ideal for use by the laity, as compared with the far more complex four-volume Liturgy of the Hours (or Divine Office) used by the clergy. There are a number of editions available, with differences in translation depending on when they were published, and with differences in the quality of the proofreading. This edition includes the Four Week Psalter and a good selection of material for Morning and Evening Prayer (Matins and Vespers), which will typically form the core of Liturgical Prayer for lay persons. Large print editions are also available.

The Art of the Bible: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Medieval World (Scot McKendrick, Kathleen Doyle)

A beautiful and informative exploration of the illuminated manuscripts of the Bible over a millennium and across the globe, shedding new light on some of the most significant, yet rarely seen, paintings of the Middle Ages. This extensively illustrated new book, compiled and written by two internationally renowned experts, transports readers, by way of forty-five featured manuscripts, across the globe and through 1,000 years of history. Passes chronologically through many of the major centers of the Christian world, from Constantinople and imperial Aachen to Canterbury, Mozarabic Spain, Crusader Jerusalem, northern Iraq, Paris, London, Bologna, and Rome, with 300+ illustrations.

The Ignatius Bible: Revised Standard Version - Second Catholic Edition

The second Catholic edition of the Ignatius Revised Standard Version is widely regarded as the best available English translation of the Bible, avoiding tendentious translations which cater to cultural fads, and using contemporary English without losing the beauty of the RSV. Re-designed and newly typeset with 9 point font size, wider margins and improved line-spacing for comfortable reading. The RSV, second Catholic edition is the only Bible translation that uses standard (non-feminist) English and conforms to the Church's translation guidelines found in the Vatican document Liturgiam Authenticam. Nine reference maps in color. 6" x 9." There is also a leather-bound edition with gold edging. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to