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The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth

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Bestselling author Scott Hahn sheds new light on the Mass, offering readers a deeper appreciation of the most familiar of Catholic rituals .

Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes. Yet most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sundays fail to see the powerful sup
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ebook, 192 pages
Published June 18th 2002 by Image (first published November 9th 1999)
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booklady
Scott Hahn’s book, The Lamb’s Supper is an excellent eschatological explanation of the Roman Catholic Mass. In 2011, it served as background for a couple of classes I was then teaching. In preparation for the implementation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal our parish used A Biblical Walk Through the Mass (Book): Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy to prepare and I read this book to gain a fuller appreciation of the Eucharist.

Hahn's work is based on the Mass as expression of H
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 11, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ako si Po
Recommended to K.D. by: One of the 10 Best Catholic Books
Shelves: religion, apologetics
One of the best religion books that I've read this year. Told in a simple and direct prose, Scott Hahn's main points here are that the last book of the Holy Bible, The Book of Revelation is actually describing the Holy Mass by the Roman Catholics and that the Holy Mass is actually a taste of heaven here on earth. The title comes from the fact that the Jesus' passion and crucifixion in the New Testament is actually foreshadowed by Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac in the Old Testament. Dur ...more
Karina
Wow. There's so much great information in this book, and it's written in such an easy way. I mean, after reading some of the Pope Benedict XVI's books, this -- I could get used to.

And strangely enough it is consoling. It's not really relevant to the situation that I'm currently bothered by, but when he explains the book of Revelation, you get the distinct feeling that God has a plan that can't fail.

The latter part was a bit frustrating in that it seemed many concepts were introduced but only to
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Melissa
Feb 07, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the essentials in my conversion to the Catholic Faith. All of the sudden I knew what worship was to look like after being raised Southern Baptist and passing through other Protestant churches.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I love Scott Hahn's writings and plan to read as much of his work as possible. This is his most popular book so I decided to read it next.

This book has both a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, something that is always important to me when reading Catholic non-fiction. Going back to the early Christian's for inspiration Hahn shows us how they used the Book of Revelation to understand the Mass. The two are connected to such an amazing degree that Hahn's easy to read lay person voice
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Fernando Ferreira
Mar 18, 2017 Fernando Ferreira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Missa é o ponto onde Céu e Terra se encontram. O livro do Apocalipse é a chave para entender a liturgia, e esta para entender aquele. Escritura e liturgia foram feitas uma para a outra. A Palavra precede o Sacrifício.

"E olhei: e vi no meio do Trono, e dos quatro animais, e no meio dos Anciãos, um Cordeiro como morto, que estava de pé, o qual tinha sete cornos, e sete olhos, que são os sete espíritos de Deus mandados por toda a terra. (...) Digno é o Cordeiro, que foi morto, de receber a virtud
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Paul
Apr 11, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely changed how I look at the Apocalypse (I so greatly prefer that name to Revelation), as well as giving me more inspiration during Mass. I'm glad I finally tracked it down, or rather, my dad did and lent it to me at Easter. Scott references it frequently in his talks, and it's no surprise why.

I gave the book four stars instead of five due to its somewhat disorganized structure and its absurdly colloquial language. There's making your book accessible, at which Scott Hahn admitt
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Jonas Perez
Oct 10, 2016 Jonas Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful book. I love the argument that the Mass is heaven on earth. Very inspiring, in more ways than one. I love the exposition of the Book of Revelation. I didn't expect that much clarity in correlation to the Mass. It's an eye-opening witness to the liturgy, with substantial historical evidence. The only reason I don't give it five is because it seems to repeat itself. Besides that I love Hahn's detail and succinctness. I'd recommend it to anyone studying eschatology, especially Catholics, ...more
Carl Jenkins
I wanted to give this book 2.5 stars, but can't, and sadly don't think I can round up for it.

First and foremost, I am not a Catholic. That being said, I did all I could to read this book without any bias. I wanted to gain a better understanding of the Catholic approach to the Eucharist, and believe that the Catholics are very reverent about it despite some of the differences I have with their beliefs. I was disappointed when it didn't seem like it focused as much on the Eucharist as much as it d
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Patrick Gruber
Aug 20, 2013 Patrick Gruber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book is fairly short, it is very hard to sum up. Don't be fooled by this books size, this is one of the most profound books on Catholic theology you will ever read. It might even be the most profound. The profoundness does not lie in dense verbage, this book is very easy to read and understand. It's profound nature lies in the incredible thoughts and insights into the mass.

The basic thesis is that the Mass is haven on earth, and that the book of Revelation shows this. In every s
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Evan Kristiansen
Jan 14, 2016 Evan Kristiansen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good treatment on a deep theological topic by Dr. Hahn. This book is a real deep-dive into the Mass and it's origins. It's not so much an academic treatment of the subject as it is a brief overview, enough to give someone a good idea of the further reading they'd need to do if they were interested in a specific topic. Dr. Hahn has excellent insights, drawn primarily from the church fathers and the book of Revelation, about the theology, practice, and historical significance of the M ...more
Becca
Mar 07, 2012 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I admit that this is the first Scott Hahn book that I have ever read. I have avoided them because in the Catholic world it seems like they are what all the cool kids are reading and I was going to be a rebel, and also because I've always had the impression they were super theological and way more intellectual than my simple mind enjoyed. However, after reading this book I was pleasantly surprised. It is also ironic because in reading the Bible I also tend to avoid Revelation because well its jus ...more
Ruth
Feb 17, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lamb's Supper is by scripture scholar Scott Hahn. Hahn was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and later converted to Catholicism. While still a minister he was studying Revelation in the Bible and studying what the Church Fathers wrote about it. Basically they said it was a liturgical manual. Hahn decided to go to a mass to see what he could learn. It was pivotal in his conversion.

The basic thesis of the book is that Revelation talks about Heavenly worship. Through the mass we experience he
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Thomas Walsh
Mar 08, 2013 Thomas Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
In his easy to read and understand book, Scott Hahn teaches us how to enter heaven through the portal of the Mass. Using the Sacred Scriptures, especially the book of Revelations, he explains that this is the central purpose of the Mass. The opportunity for us to Worship God in heaven with all the angels and the saints is made available to anyone who has the eyes to see what is truly going on in every Catholic Church.
Kristin
Jul 30, 2008 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will transform the way that you look at and participate in Mass! It is a beautiful deep read about the Old Testament connecting to the way that we celebrate the paschal mystery each Sunday. I would recommed this book to any Catholic who doesn't get anything out of Mass but wants to understand their faith in a new way.
Eric
Aug 17, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good explanation and short foray into the theology behind Revelations!
William Rabjohn
Mar 01, 2017 William Rabjohn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, I'm not a big Scott Hahn fan. His works seem more like a Protestant trying to project his exegesis into Catholic spirituality that can only be experiential. Again, Scott dissects the Mass with ample Scriptural cross referencing and commentary but fails at the spiritual richness of the Mass understood sacramentally. Yet, so many Catholics are fascinated with this author, perhaps because they might feel they're missing something from the zeal found in evangelical Protestantism. As a convert ...more
Chris
Mar 02, 2017 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This was a really great book. Very good for anyone that wants to renew their knowledge of the Church and Mass. It is also good for anyone that wants to learn about how Catholics see the Mass. Why Mass in the Catholic church is different than in other religions.
I think that the reading is easy enough that anyone can follow it. Scott Hahn does not write with any advanced vocabulary. His communication of all things is given with explanation so that the reader can understand what is being presented
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Sam Fink
Jan 10, 2017 Sam Fink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The earliest chapters were the most interesting and spirited from my view. Almost autobiographical about Hahn's journey to Catholicism and a stirring conversion (about faith) for an extensively studied theologian. I thought the insights into Revelations were thought provoking but developed in less depth than I hoped. I guess I will need to take another read through Revelations -- always a challenging trip.

Well worth the time. Fast paced throughout.
Margo
Feb 21, 2017 Margo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook and it has opened my eyes to the Mass, the Church, and scripture in a completely new way. Extremely uplifting - one could say heavenly.
David S. T.
A few years ago when I was starting to get out of my protestant only mindset, the first catholic book I picked up was Hahn's Rome Sweet Home. In it Hahn talks about how his intense bible study and reading of the church fathers lead him to becoming a catholic. I got a little caught up in the whole idea of it, if Hahn studied his way to Catholicism then I figured he would the a great person to read more from. I quickly ordered 6 of his book assuming they would be great insights of the reason a fun ...more
Brett Salkeld
Dr. Hahn's book on the Eucharist as the key to the Book of Revelation is a useful work. One important function it serves is to make the Book of Revelation relevant to Catholics. Both those who ignored the book due to its incomprehensibility, or those who tried to read it as some kind of coded future-predicting device will come away with a healthier understanding after reading Hahn's work.
The book's understanding of the Eucharist is solid and many will feel that their Eucharistic faith is more co
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Andrew Doohan
Scott Hahn was, until 1985, a self-described evangelical Calvinist minister who would have nothing to do with the celebration of Mass because it was idolatrous. He was also heavily interested in seeking to understand the Book of Revelation and the message that this book of the Bible was seeking to communicate to the 'ordinary' Christian.

Hahn eventually started attending daily Mass, sitting in the back seats with his Bible open, and it was there that he discovered something that the Church had al
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Jennifer Wilson
Jun 04, 2013 Jennifer Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions are my own.


Anyone who has been to church has been curious about the book of Revelation in the Bible. Growing up, I remember timelines across Sunday School classrooms that showed when the anti-Christ would make his appearance, when the Church would be raptured, and when Jesus would begin his 1,000 year reign on earth. I’ve heard sermons saying the Revelation of St. John wa
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Victoria Claire
I think this book came a the right time for me. Dr. Hahn talks about how the participation in the liturgy of the mass is a participation in the heavenly liturgy. He draws parallels between the book of revelation and the mass, revealing how the mass is truly heaven on earth, where we encounter eternity. This book also treats with the the early Christians celebrated mass, and how in was practiced by them in light of their former Jewish faith and their understanding of the old covenants. Something ...more
Diana
Oct 20, 2007 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Catholics
Shelves: inner-smile
I've known Hahn from his book "Rome Sweet Home" which I think is a very good one, and I highly recommend it to every Catholic. His "The Lamb's Supper" however, is not boring at all, to think that most books about religions is quite boring (well, at least that's what I always thought of whenever I came up to books like that). This book reveals everything about the mass and why we Catholics are having that kind of mass, that kind of communion, which other denominations don't practice.

Reading this
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Luke Daghir
Nov 22, 2015 Luke Daghir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Hahn continues to inspire me in the Catholic faith. I have listened to Hahn through LightHouse Catholic Media concerning multiple topics: such as, The Eucharist and evangelizing to fallen away Catholics.

The Lamb's Supper is a book I began in college, but did not finish. I can recall the first time I read it how immense the information pertaining to the Eucharist was. Unfortunately, with the increase of semester work, I was unable to finish the book.

In reading the book at this point in my
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Carlos Jamett
Nov 19, 2015 Carlos Jamett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La Cena del Cordero es un libro que trata de la Eucaristía y principalmente de su relación con el libro bíblico del Apocalipsis.

En la primera parte, el autor nos cuenta la experiencia de su primera misa -cuando todavía no era católico- y de cómo percibió que existía una conexión entre ella y la Biblia, donde se describe una liturgia celestial. Esto lo llevó a explorar ciertos temas (el sacrificio, la liturgia de los primeros cristianos...) que en definitiva lo llevaron al catolicismo. Hahn nos c
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Randal Schmidt
Apr 01, 2014 Randal Schmidt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring and thought-provoking comparison of the Mass and the Book of Revelation.

I cannot write a review that accurately captures how much I loved this book. An incredible exploration of how the Mass ties in with the Apocalypse of St. John, or as we commonly call it, the book of Revelations.
Don't expect any "Left Behind," Protestant End Times scenarios. This book reveals the much deeper meanings on Revelation that were happening in St. John's and the early Christians' lifetimes and also ongoing
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Robert Federline
This is my second time through this book. The first time through I thought it was an exceptional review of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; an excellent recitation of the liturgy. It is this liturgy, and especially its biblical foundation, which separates the Catholic religion from other Christian faiths. I have read other works explaining the liturgy and found them to be enlightening and useful, but few approach the majesty of this worship by such intimate relationship with the Gospels and the B ...more
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Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their twelfth grandchild. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and ...more
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