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Publication of the book Vivir la Santa Missa

In the context of the Year for Priests, Bishop Javier Echevarría has published a new book entitled Vivir la Santa Misa (Living the Mass). The book collects and expands on some considerations that the Prelate presented to the faithful of Opus Dei in the pastoral letters he wrote during the Year of the Eucharist, convoked by the Venerable Pope John Paul II in 2004. These were written with the intention of “encouraging a spirit of care in dealing with Jesus, not only in the Mass, but throughout the whole day, and transmitting this to other people.”

In Spain the book is already in its second printing. Counting the editions published in Argentina and Colombia, the number of copies now in print exceeds 20,000.

In his presentation, the Prelate explains the reasons for making the book available. “I published these pages,” he says, “with the intention of seconding the recommendations of the Roman Pontiff, while beseeching the Blessed Trinity, through the intercession of our Lady, that it may be of assistance to its readers … I was moved, in short, by the desire to help make a reality—in myself and in many others—St. Josemaría Escrivá’s marvelous aspiration: “Before all else, we have to love the Mass, which should be the center of our day. If we live the Mass well, how can we fail to keep our thoughts fixed on our Lord for the rest of the day, with a longing to remain in his presence, to work as he worked and to love as he loved?”

This new publication joins the other books written by Bishop Echevarría: Por Cristo, con Él y en Él (Palabra, 2007), Eucaristía y vida cistiana (Rialp, 2005), Getsemaní, (Planeta, 2005), Itinerarios de vida cristiana (Planeta, 2001) [English translation, Paths to God: Building a Christian Life in the 21st Century (Scepter, 2010)], Para servir a la Iglesia (Rialp, 2001), and Memoria del Beato Josemaría Escrivá (Rialp, 2000).

Romana, No. 50, January-June 2010, pag. 124.