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The Catholic Mass is the source and summit of our Faith, but few are aware of what it all means. While cradle Catholics may know the prayers and responses said in the liturgy, many do not know their significance or historical development.
As the title suggests, the Mass Explained iPad app is a multimedia journey through the Catholic Mass — more specifically, the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the Mass with which most Catholics are familiar. It explores the roots of each section of the liturgy with its unique prayers and gestures. Packed with scriptural references, quotes from the Church Fathers, the Catechism and excerpts from councils and encyclicals, the publication is scholarly yet totally approachable and thoroughly entertaining.
In addition to the hundreds of photographs, drawings, charts and graphs that make for a visually stunning user experience, the Mass Explained iPad app contains several interactive elements including:
The works of the great masters as well as those of lesser known artists help illustrate the evolution of the Roman Catholic Mass.
Feel like you are there. 360° images of towering cathedrals, inspiring pilgrimage sites and ancient excavations abound.
Explore possible Emmaus sites, follow Paul's missionary journeys, discover where saintly relics are venerated today.
Take a 6th century Byzantine cross for a spin. Both sides of the coin reveal the Mercury Dime's association with the Mass.
Prayers in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English as well as chants and other liturgical music take center stage in the Mass Explained app.
Often incorporating 3D animations, the videos in the Mass Explained app shed light on various aspects of the Eucharist.
Pilot the app through gestures, buttons or drop-down menus. Which you decide to use is your personal choice.
"God is in the detail." Explore the intricacies of medieval illuminations and marvel at the brushwork of the great masters.
Reviewed by priests and scholars, the app received a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. It is faithful to the Magisterium.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Mass Explained app about?
As the title suggests, it is a look at the Catholic Mass. More specifically, the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. While the 300 page app frequently references the Extraordinary Form (the Latin Mass) as well as the Orthodox liturgy and other rites, its focus is on the Mass with which most Catholics are familiar.
Is the content sound Roman Catholic teaching?
Yes, the Mass Explained app is faithful to the Magisterium, the teaching authority of the Church. The app has received two declarations from the Catholic Church — the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. These are official designations that a publications is free of doctrinal or moral error. In addition, several priests, nuns and lay ministers have provided their input throughout the project. The app expresses a deep reverence and respect for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary form of the Roman Catholic Mass.
Does the app include the 2011 reforms to the liturgy?
Yes, the Mass Explained app incorporates the latest instruction and guidelines for the liturgy that has been disseminated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and put into effect on November 27, 2011 (First Sunday of Advent).
Why an app and not just a book?
The Catholic Church has been blessed with a vast inheritance of paintings, sculptures, vessels, vestments, churches, cathedrals and sacred sites—not to mention its treasury of prayers and liturgical chants. While nothing can compare to actually witnessing the art and architecture or hearing the music first-hand, modern technology allows for a more complete user experience than would a static photo or lengthy description.
Why Volume I? Is there a Volume II?
The Roman Catholic Mass can be divided into four parts: the Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites. This first volume of the Mass Explained app explores the first two parts of the Mass. A second volume will follow that will address the last two sections of the Mass.
In what language is the app available?
The Mass Explained app is only available in English.
What devices will run the Mass Explained App
Presently the Mass Explained app runs exclusively on any Apple iPad including the retina display iPad. Plans are underway for the development of an Android version.
What are the iPad configuration requirements?
The Mass Explained app requires 250 MB of free space and iOS v4.3 or greater.