Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Ladder of Sanctity (Vandeur)

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Ladder of Sanctity (Vandeur)

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Vandeur’s The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass serves as an important testament to the grandeur and magnificence of the Mass. In the modern era, marked by an increasing trend of secularisation and heightened participation of the laity in the Mass, this profound meditation proves vital for the clergy and faithful throughout the Catholic Church. As it elucidates the splendour, glory, and thanksgiving inherent in this sacred rite, it also delves into the mystical beauty underpinning the themes of forgiveness and mercy within the Holy Mass, imparted by Our Lord.

The text is structured in concise chapters, each devoted to an examination of select liturgical phrases. Whether you wish to bring this book along as a companion to Mass or meditate upon the various aspects of Holy Sacrifice at some other time, Vandeur’s work will help you to ascend the Ladder of Sanctity, from the first step, ‘In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost’, to the last, ‘And the Word Was Made Flesh’.


Victor-Joseph Vandeur was born in Namur, Belgium, on 21 May 1875. Academically successful from a young age, he entered the Benedictine monastery of Maredsous, where he pronounced his Solemn vows in 1897. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on 15 August 1899. After completing his studies at San Anselmo's in Rome, he was appointed professor at his Abbey's school, and in 1909 was sent as Prior to the Abbey of Mont César in Louvain. He remained there until 1924 teaching and acting as confessor to several communities of women religious. This apostolate inspired the idea, approved by his superiors, of founding a community of Benedictine Nuns who, through their monastic life, would contribute to the rechristianisation of the family. The foundations of this community were laid in 1917 and eventually became known as the Benedictine Nuns of Our Lady of Ermeton. Returning to Maredsous in 1925, he continued to fulfil many functions and preach retreats throughout France and Belgium. In 1949 he founded the "Union of the Little Companions of Charity", a work intended to promote charity in all parts of the world. Hale and active to the end, he passed to the Lord on Sunday, November 5 1967.

 Paper ISBN: 9781915544803 

Page count: 228

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