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Work Play Love: How the Mass Changed the Life of the First Christians (Volume 1)

Paperback |English |1640604251 | 9781640604254

Work Play Love: How the Mass Changed the Life of the First Christians (Volume 1)

Paperback |English |1640604251 | 9781640604254
Overview


"Christians make the Mass, and the Mass makes Christians." So said the Martyrs of Abitina, North Africa, in A.D. 304. The Mass was the reality most essential to the life of believers, and it deeply affected everything they did. In
Work Play Love popular author Mike Aquilina shows how the Eucharist shaped three basic dimensions of life for the early Christians.




Work. Christians brought the fruits of their labor to the altar--not only bread and wine, but also cheese, olives, honey, dried fish, and freshly pressed oil. As they worshiped, they consecrated the world itself to God. In turn, this affected the way they approached their work. It was not just toil. It was an act of love, undertaken for the Father. They labored in imitation of Jesus the laborer. Made one with Christians in the Eucharist, Jesus worked through them and in them.




Play. The Mass was a leisurely, contemplative act, but it was celebrated on a normal workday in the Roman world. It was useless by the standards of the city. And yet it called forth--gently, gradually--the most creative responses. The Mass inspired new forms of music, poetry, architecture, and painting. At liturgy Christians stood back and reconsidered the cosmos from God's perspective. They saw their lives as part of a profoundly new and different narrative. This made for new and different art.




Love. Christian ritual demanded personal and communal acts of charity. The earliest descriptions of the Mass show the importance of the collection and its distribution to the poor, the imprisoned, and the home-bound sick. Deacons and deaconesses were dismissed to take Communion to the same people in need. The fruits of the Mass extended beyond the time of liturgy--and the bounds of Christian community. Christians took care even of their persecutors. This led to the establishment of institutions of universal charity, a first in human history.
    The story of the Mass is not simply a rehearsal of ancient texts. It's a drama of personal and societal transformation. This book tells the story as much as possible in the lively words of the early Christians and draws from the most exciting discoveries of recent archaeology. It is a powerful imaginative encounter with the first generations of our Christian ancestry.
    ISBN: 1640604251
    ISBN13: 9781640604254
    Author: Mike Aquilina
    Publisher: Paraclete Press
    Format: Paperback
    PublicationDate: 2020-02-18
    Language: English
    PageCount: 128
    Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 7.0 inches
    Weight: 3.2 ounces


    "Christians make the Mass, and the Mass makes Christians." So said the Martyrs of Abitina, North Africa, in A.D. 304. The Mass was the reality most essential to the life of believers, and it deeply affected everything they did. In
    Work Play Love popular author Mike Aquilina shows how the Eucharist shaped three basic dimensions of life for the early Christians.




    Work. Christians brought the fruits of their labor to the altar--not only bread and wine, but also cheese, olives, honey, dried fish, and freshly pressed oil. As they worshiped, they consecrated the world itself to God. In turn, this affected the way they approached their work. It was not just toil. It was an act of love, undertaken for the Father. They labored in imitation of Jesus the laborer. Made one with Christians in the Eucharist, Jesus worked through them and in them.




    Play. The Mass was a leisurely, contemplative act, but it was celebrated on a normal workday in the Roman world. It was useless by the standards of the city. And yet it called forth--gently, gradually--the most creative responses. The Mass inspired new forms of music, poetry, architecture, and painting. At liturgy Christians stood back and reconsidered the cosmos from God's perspective. They saw their lives as part of a profoundly new and different narrative. This made for new and different art.




    Love. Christian ritual demanded personal and communal acts of charity. The earliest descriptions of the Mass show the importance of the collection and its distribution to the poor, the imprisoned, and the home-bound sick. Deacons and deaconesses were dismissed to take Communion to the same people in need. The fruits of the Mass extended beyond the time of liturgy--and the bounds of Christian community. Christians took care even of their persecutors. This led to the establishment of institutions of universal charity, a first in human history.
      The story of the Mass is not simply a rehearsal of ancient texts. It's a drama of personal and societal transformation. This book tells the story as much as possible in the lively words of the early Christians and draws from the most exciting discoveries of recent archaeology. It is a powerful imaginative encounter with the first generations of our Christian ancestry.
      Editorial Reviews


      "Beautifully written and full of practical wisdom. Nobody makes the past more present than Mike Aquilina." --
      Matthew Leonard, Evangelist and Founder of Next Level Catholic Academy


      Mike Aquilina is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a contributing editor for Angelus News. He has co-hosted many series on the Eternal Word Television Network, and he is author of more than fifty books, including
      The Fathers of the Church and
      Villains of the Early Church. He is also a poet and songwriter, whose work has been recorded by Paul Simon and Dion, among others.
       

      Mike Aquilina is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a contributing editor for Angelus News. He has co-hosted many series on the Eternal Word Television Network, and he is author of more than fifty books, including
      The Fathers of the Church and
      Villains of the Early Church. He is also a poet and songwriter, whose work has been recorded by Paul Simon and Dion, among others.

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      Overview


      "Christians make the Mass, and the Mass makes Christians." So said the Martyrs of Abitina, North Africa, in A.D. 304. The Mass was the reality most essential to the life of believers, and it deeply affected everything they did. In
      Work Play Love popular author Mike Aquilina shows how the Eucharist shaped three basic dimensions of life for the early Christians.




      Work. Christians brought the fruits of their labor to the altar--not only bread and wine, but also cheese, olives, honey, dried fish, and freshly pressed oil. As they worshiped, they consecrated the world itself to God. In turn, this affected the way they approached their work. It was not just toil. It was an act of love, undertaken for the Father. They labored in imitation of Jesus the laborer. Made one with Christians in the Eucharist, Jesus worked through them and in them.




      Play. The Mass was a leisurely, contemplative act, but it was celebrated on a normal workday in the Roman world. It was useless by the standards of the city. And yet it called forth--gently, gradually--the most creative responses. The Mass inspired new forms of music, poetry, architecture, and painting. At liturgy Christians stood back and reconsidered the cosmos from God's perspective. They saw their lives as part of a profoundly new and different narrative. This made for new and different art.




      Love. Christian ritual demanded personal and communal acts of charity. The earliest descriptions of the Mass show the importance of the collection and its distribution to the poor, the imprisoned, and the home-bound sick. Deacons and deaconesses were dismissed to take Communion to the same people in need. The fruits of the Mass extended beyond the time of liturgy--and the bounds of Christian community. Christians took care even of their persecutors. This led to the establishment of institutions of universal charity, a first in human history.
        The story of the Mass is not simply a rehearsal of ancient texts. It's a drama of personal and societal transformation. This book tells the story as much as possible in the lively words of the early Christians and draws from the most exciting discoveries of recent archaeology. It is a powerful imaginative encounter with the first generations of our Christian ancestry.
        ISBN: 1640604251
        ISBN13: 9781640604254
        Author: Mike Aquilina
        Publisher: Paraclete Press
        Format: Paperback
        PublicationDate: 2020-02-18
        Language: English
        PageCount: 128
        Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 7.0 inches
        Weight: 3.2 ounces


        "Christians make the Mass, and the Mass makes Christians." So said the Martyrs of Abitina, North Africa, in A.D. 304. The Mass was the reality most essential to the life of believers, and it deeply affected everything they did. In
        Work Play Love popular author Mike Aquilina shows how the Eucharist shaped three basic dimensions of life for the early Christians.




        Work. Christians brought the fruits of their labor to the altar--not only bread and wine, but also cheese, olives, honey, dried fish, and freshly pressed oil. As they worshiped, they consecrated the world itself to God. In turn, this affected the way they approached their work. It was not just toil. It was an act of love, undertaken for the Father. They labored in imitation of Jesus the laborer. Made one with Christians in the Eucharist, Jesus worked through them and in them.




        Play. The Mass was a leisurely, contemplative act, but it was celebrated on a normal workday in the Roman world. It was useless by the standards of the city. And yet it called forth--gently, gradually--the most creative responses. The Mass inspired new forms of music, poetry, architecture, and painting. At liturgy Christians stood back and reconsidered the cosmos from God's perspective. They saw their lives as part of a profoundly new and different narrative. This made for new and different art.




        Love. Christian ritual demanded personal and communal acts of charity. The earliest descriptions of the Mass show the importance of the collection and its distribution to the poor, the imprisoned, and the home-bound sick. Deacons and deaconesses were dismissed to take Communion to the same people in need. The fruits of the Mass extended beyond the time of liturgy--and the bounds of Christian community. Christians took care even of their persecutors. This led to the establishment of institutions of universal charity, a first in human history.
          The story of the Mass is not simply a rehearsal of ancient texts. It's a drama of personal and societal transformation. This book tells the story as much as possible in the lively words of the early Christians and draws from the most exciting discoveries of recent archaeology. It is a powerful imaginative encounter with the first generations of our Christian ancestry.
          Editorial Reviews


          "Beautifully written and full of practical wisdom. Nobody makes the past more present than Mike Aquilina." --
          Matthew Leonard, Evangelist and Founder of Next Level Catholic Academy


          Mike Aquilina is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a contributing editor for Angelus News. He has co-hosted many series on the Eternal Word Television Network, and he is author of more than fifty books, including
          The Fathers of the Church and
          Villains of the Early Church. He is also a poet and songwriter, whose work has been recorded by Paul Simon and Dion, among others.
           

          Mike Aquilina is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and a contributing editor for Angelus News. He has co-hosted many series on the Eternal Word Television Network, and he is author of more than fifty books, including
          The Fathers of the Church and
          Villains of the Early Church. He is also a poet and songwriter, whose work has been recorded by Paul Simon and Dion, among others.

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          Estimated delivery times:

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          Shipping method varies depending on what is being shipped.  

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          Damaged Parcel
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          To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

          Several types of goods are exempt from being returned. Perishable goods such as food, flowers, newspapers or magazines cannot be returned. We also do not accept products that are intimate or sanitary goods, hazardous materials, or flammable liquids or gases.

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          • Downloadable software products
          • Some health and personal care items

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          There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable)

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