The Spirit of the Liturgy (Google eBook)

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Ignatius Press, 2000 - Religion - 232 pages
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Considered by Ratzinger devotees as his greatest work on the Liturgy, this profound and beautifully written treatment of the "great prayer of the Church" will help readers rediscover the Liturgy in all its hidden spiritual wealth and transcendent grandeur as the very center of our Christian life. In his own foreward to the book, Cardinal Ratzinger compares this work to a much earlier classic of the same title by Romano Guardini because Ratzinger feels that his insights here are similar with what Guardini achieved in his time regarding a renewed understanding of the Liturgy. "My purpose here is to assist this renewal of understanding of the Liturgy. Its basic intentions coincide with what Guardini wanted to achieve. The only difference is that I have had to translate what Guardini did at the end of the First World War, in a totally different historical situation, into the context of our present-day questions, hopes and dangers. Like Guardini, I am not attempting to involve myself with scholarly discussion and research. I am simply offering an aid to the understanding of the faith and to the right way to give the faith its central form of expression in the Liturgy."
  

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Review: The Spirit of the Liturgy

User Review  - David Pucik - Goodreads

Excellent book. Concise introduction to the spiritual meaning of the liturgy, especially as relates to larger philosophical categories like cosmos and history, matter and spirit. Not light reading ... Read full review

Review: The Spirit of the Liturgy

User Review  - Herb Dulzo - Goodreads

Went over lots of detail in the Liturgy that I never knew or just plain for got. Just reading this book makes going to Mass a more rewarding experience. Read full review

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Contents

Liturgy and Life The Place of the Liturgy in Reality
13
LiturgyCosmosHistory
24
From Old Testament to New The Fundamental Form of the Christian LiturgyIts Determination by Biblical Faith
35
TIME AND SPACE IN THE LITURGY
51
The Relationship of the Liturgy to Time and Space Some Preliminary Questions
53
Sacred PlacesThe Significance of the Church Building
62
The Altar and the Direction of Liturgical Prayer
74
The Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament
85
LITURGICAL FORM
157
Rite
159
The Body and the Liturgy
171
2 The Sign of the Cross
177
3 Posture
184
Standing and SittingLiturgy and Culture
194
4 Gestures
199
5 The Human Voice
203

Sacred Time
92
ART AND LITURGY
113
The Question of Images
115
Chapter 2 Music and Liturgy
136
6 Vestments
212
7 Matter
216
Bibliography
221
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On April 19, 2005, CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER was elected POPE BENEDICT XVI and became the 264th successor to Peter as the "Vicar of Jesus Christ." He may well be the most accomplished theologian to be elected Pope in modern times. Beginning in 1981 he spent over 20 years as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a role often depicted as the "defender of the faith." Cardinal Ratzinger was also President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the Preparatory Commission that codified the new "Catechism of the Catholic Church," published in 1994.

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