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His Mass and Ours
Meditations on Living Eucharistically

Brendan Leahy (about)

Meditations on Living Eucharistically

Paperback; 72 pages; 2012

ISBN: 978-1-56548-448-1

About this Book

Brendan Leahy offers a thoughtful and loving explanation of the dual dimension of the Mass – Christ’s gift and our existential participation, His action and our daily cooperation. By reflecting on the parts of the Mass, Leahy draws out the meaning and value of what happens at Mass, and what we say and do in response – from our mental and spiritual state as we enter the church, through the opening procession, to the final blessing and out into the relationships that make up our daily life. Rich descriptions of the theology behind the elements of the Mass are enfleshed by concrete stories of how real people contribute to what Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, wants his great gift of the Eucharist to achieve: shaping families and peoples, tribes and nations, cities, and the cosmos according to the great dream that He shared the night before He died when he prayed to the Father: “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21).

Table of Contents


  • Introduction

  • One
  • The Introductory Rites
  • 1 On the Way to Mass
  • 2 Take a Look Around!
  • 3 Gathering Together
  • 4 United in Jesus Christ
  • 5 Entering into God
  • 6 Starting Again
  • 7 Collecting Our Prayers

  • Two
  • The Liturgy of the Word
  • 1 The Power of the Word
  • 2 The Old Testament’s Surprising Relevance
  • 3 The Psalm Gives Us a Vocabulary
  • 4 Expressing New Testament Perspectives
  • 5 The Gospel
  • 6 Being of One Mind
  • 7 Living the Word

  • Three
  • The Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • 1 A Drop of Water
  • 2 God Has a Plan for Me
  • 3 Lift Up Your Hearts!
  • 4 Listen to the Voice of the Spirit
  • 5 Amen and Forgive!
  • 6 Peace
  • 7 Saying “Yes” to What We Are

  • Four
  • The Concluding Rites
  • 1 A Word before We Go — Our Personal Prayer of Thanksgiving
  • 2 Sent Out to Transform the Humdrum into the Special
  • 3 Starting with Those Next to Us
  • 4 Make Unity our Priority
  • 5 Learn from Jesus Crucified and Forsaken
  • 6 The Social Dimension of the Eucharist in Economics and Politics
  • 7 Transforming the Cosmos

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Author Info

Most Rev. Brendan Leahy is Bishop of Limerick, Ireland. Formerly professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he is a von Balthasar scholar and an ecumenist and has authored articles and books on interreligious dialogue, issues facing the Church in the 21st century, the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II, renewal in the Church, charisms, and the priesthood.

Brendan Leahy delivers the homily at Carlow Cathedral to open the Year of Faith (Oct 2012)

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