If you would like to buy someone a book this Christmas which can hardly fail to bring them closer to God for all eternity, then below are four recommendations which explain in different ways the inexhaustible riches to be savoured in Holy Mass.
Nothing Superfluous by Fr James Jackson, FSSP (see page 113 below; and another excerpt here on the sacredness of bells). "This new book by Fr. Jackson, however — and I say it without hyperbole — is the best book of its kind I have ever read. Drawing upon centuries of commentarial tradition filtered through his long experience of offering the Holy Sacrifice with loving awe, Fr. Jackson is able to feed us with choice meat; there is no fluff here."--Dr Peter Kwasniewski's review.
Resurgent in the Midst of Crisisby Peter Kwasniewski. The LMS says the book is "a fearless critique of the path of liturgical novelty and a detailed apologie for liturgical tradition in all it's beauty, richness, and profundity". The sample below (p.156) shows how fearless and forward looking Dr Kwasniewski is.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Cardinal Bona (see two Contents pages below). It is a tiny, awesome book focussed on the essence of the Mass. Written about 1650, it is now rather hard to find online!
For further titles, in our narthex is a list of excellent books published by Gracewing (list pictured below).
Nothing Superfluous by Fr James Jackson, FSSP (page 113)
List of Titles available from Gracewing
A sample from Dr Kwasniewski's prophetic book (page 156)
Contents pages from Cardinal Bona's awesome little work. Cover below.