The mission of the Te Deum Foundation is rooted deeply in our love for the Eucharist. The Eucharist is indeed the source and summit of our lives. The Eucharist is made manifest during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass through the alter Christus, the priest. The oft-quoted saying is “no priest, no Mass, no Mass, no Eucharist, no Eucharist, no salvation!” The Foundation works to assist those men in formation for the priesthood in order to help them to the Altar of Our Lord to offer us His Body and Blood.
With our mission in mind, we are honored to offer Understanding the Mystery of the Mass, Revisited by Rev. Fr. Matthew R. Buettner in English and Spanish. This book has received a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from Fr. Buettner’s local bishop, the Most Rev. Peter J. Jugis, JCD. Fr. Buettner has agreed, most generously, to donate a fraction of the proceeds from the sale of his book to the Te Deum Foundation.
Fr. Buettner’s first book, Understanding the Mystery of the Mass, was published in 2005. In the book, Father opens one’s eyes to the beauty and sacredness of the Mass by guiding the reader through the parts and elements of the liturgy, revealing the true mystery of Holy Mass. In his new book, Understanding the Mystery of the Mass, Revisited, Father has added more insights and has also included the new revisions to the liturgy that more precisely reflect the translation of the Mass text. It is written for both individuals or groups desiring to better understand and enter into the mystery of Holy Mass.
“Father Buettner’s new edition of the Understanding the Mystery of the Mass, Revisited is to be warmly welcomed. This book is clearly the fruit of prayer and meditation. From the first page, Father Buettner succeeds in making his reader aware of the sacredness of what will take place during Mass. One fears at times that those attending Mass see it as a social gathering, a duty imposed upon them, a chore, a pure act of obedience to Church authorities, totally failing to realize that it is the greatest gift that a loving God could possibly grant to His sinful creatures. Si scires donum Dei!!! The first task facing the author is therefore, to create the “frame work” of sacredness, which his topic calls for. From the very first lines of the book, he succeeds in achieving this.”
-Dr. Alice von Hildebrand
“The world and words of Christ passed down in Sacred Scripture are never more alive than when prayed and proclaimed in the mystery of the Mass. It is here Fr. Buettner guides one from the pew to the threshold in order to pierce the sacred veil.”
-Fr. Patrick J Winslow, JCL
Canonist, Diocese of Charlotte