New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1958. First edition. Small folio (10 inches tall), original maroon cloth over paper boards, original dust jacket. Book fine, short closed tears, moderate wear and creasing to bight, unclipped dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #948
"OUR LORD CAME TO DIE"
First edition in English of this pictorial narrative of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as celebrated by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. Complete as published in the original dust jacket with color photos of Sheen on front and back panels. Scarce.
This is the Mass features the photographs of Yousuf Karsh, including a dust jacket and frontispiece in glorious color and 30 black-and-white photographic plates in the text. Henri Daniel-Rops describes each step of the liturgy, from I. The Prayers at the foot of the Altar to XXX. In the Glory of the Word: The Last Gospel, and adds a series of prayers for the reader.
Karsh photographed Fulton Sheen's celebration of the Mass in the Bishop's own private chapel, with his own grandnephew serving as altar boy. Bishop Sheen has also provided an Introduction, "The Sacrifice of the Mass," composed of the Offertory, the Consecration, and the Communion. Originally published in France in 1951 as Missa Est: Commentaires et Prières. Reprints J.B. Montini's 1952 acknowledgement (as Vatican Secretary of State) of receipt of Missa Est on behalf of Pope Pius XII. Translated by Alastair Guinan, with his Translator's Annotations gathered as end notes after the text. With extended biographies of Daniel-Rops, Sheen, and Karsh at the rear. Approbations. A splendid copy of this lavish production celebrating the Roman Rite.