Behold The Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass

The Word Among Us Press
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“The gift of Christ in the Holy Eucharist is real and true
and beautiful. In Behold the Mystery, Mark Hart shares this truth in
clear and practical terms. Read this book and discover the life-transforming
power of the Mass.”

—Scott Hahn, Scripture
scholar and author, The Lamb’s Supper:
The Mass as Heaven on Earth


“Anyone who loves the Mass, and even those who think Mass is
boring, need to read Mark Hart's newest book, Behold the Mystery. Hart's
clarity, humor, and faith will help all Catholics become more engaged, active
participants in liturgy—and in life. And for Mark, that’s one and the same.”

—Fr. Leo E.
priest, author, TV & radio host, and founder of


“You already know Mark Hart as a smart, funny, Spirit-filled
leader and speaker. When you read this book, you will also know him as a
pastoral theologian—in the style of Pope Francis—who can make you, me, and your
non-practicing Catholic neighbor fall in love with God all over again through
the Mass.

—Fr. Jonathan Morris,
program director, The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM 129, Fox News religion analyst,
and author, God Wants You Happy

As Catholics, the Mass should be a mountaintop experience for us. Often, though, we go through the motions at Mass without an appreciation for what has really happened. Popular speaker and author Mark Hart helps Catholics move beyond the repetition and ritual to see the Mass for what it really is: a heavenly banquet, a wedding feast, in which heaven and earth meet. In his engaging style, Hart guides readers toward a deeper understanding of the Mass—its roots in the Jewish Sabbath, its sacrificial character, and its signs and symbols. As we are told to “go in peace,” he inspires us to see the Mass as a place to be nourished so that we can further Christ’s mission in the world. 

In the last part of the book, Hart provides pithy answers to frequently asked questions, such as “Why can’t I leave right after Communion?” or “Why did the words change?” Finally, Hart offers ten things we can do to get more out of Mass.

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About the author

Mark Hart is executive vice president for Life Teen International as well as an award-winning author, a popular speaker, and the host of the SiriusXM Catholic radio show “Fired Up!” His weekly podcast and DVD Bible study resources have helped Catholics of all ages to read and study Scripture. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Melanie, and their four children.

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The Word Among Us Press
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Mar 5, 2014
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Religion / Christian Life / General
Religion / Christian Rituals & Practice / Worship & Liturgy
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A revelatory exploration of the Jewish roots of the Last Supper that seeks to understand exactly what happened at Jesus’ final Passover.
“Clear, profound and practical—you do not want to miss this book.”—Dr. Scott Hahn, author of The Lamb’s Supper and The Fourth Cup
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist shines fresh light on the Last Supper by looking at it through Jewish eyes. Using his in-depth knowledge of the Bible and ancient Judaism, Dr. Brant Pitre answers questions such as: What was the Passover like at the time of Jesus? What were the Jewish hopes for the Messiah? What was Jesus’ purpose in instituting the Eucharist during the feast of Passover? And, most important of all, what did Jesus mean when he said, “This is my body… This is my blood”?

To answer these questions, Pitre explores ancient Jewish beliefs about the Passover of the Messiah, the miraculous Manna from heaven, and the mysterious Bread of the Presence. As he shows, these three keys—the Passover, the Manna, and the Bread of the Presence—have the power to unlock the original meaning of the Eucharistic words of Jesus. Along the way, Pitre also explains how Jesus united the Last Supper to his death on Good Friday and his Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Inspiring and informative, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist is a groundbreaking work that is sure to illuminate one of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith: the mystery of Jesus’ presence in “the breaking of the bread.”
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