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Veronica Brandt holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. As editor, she has produced fine publications (as well as valuable reprints) dealing with Gregorian chant, hymnody, Latin, and other subjects. These publications are distinguished on account of their tastefulness. She lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband Peter and five children.
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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

Teaching kids to Pray the Mass
published 7 June 2014 by Veronica Brandt

Pray the Mass by Rev McMahon DULTS HAVE BEEN WORKING on encouraging youngsters to pray the Mass for centuries I’m sure. You remember the amazing Cartoon book from 1954, Know Your Mass. As stated there, these books are also helpful for Catholics of all ages to deepen their understanding of the Mass.

This little 60 page booklet is over 50 year old but describes timeless truths about the Mass. It was printed in 1959 in Australia. It starts with “My dear Children -” and is written in that style which now seems so quaint. Though the cynics of today may scoff, these simple explanations are still so sorely needed!

There are three chapters:
1. At Mass with the Priest – 33 steps through the Mass
2. Preparing the Altar for Mass – with lots of illustrations
3. Watch the Priest Vesting – Why is each vestment so called? What is its origin? What does is stand for?
and an appendix with Suggestions for Teaching the Mass

Studying the Mass should happen at a time other than during Mass. This booklet recommends a full teaching period each week. It also emphasizes the use of memory in forming a scaffolding to understand the Mass. The 33 steps are given to be learnt in order, with the aid of flash cards and games and lots of repetition.

Is it worth scanning in? Would copyright be a problem? Maybe these ideas could be taken up in a new teaching aid with a more modern presentation, maybe like The Great Adventure Kids Bible Study.

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From my family to yours, we have found young children find it hard to stay focussed continually. It was helpful to focus on three points when we insist they kneel up and face front:

  • at the Consecration
  • when we say “Lord, I am not worthy” / “Domine non sum dignus”
  • and for the final blessing