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Beyond the Prosaic: Renewing the Liturgical Movement Paperback

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  • Series: Renewing the Liturgical Movement
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark (November 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567086364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567086365
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...these essays, all well argued and copiously documented, mark the beginning of 'the reform of the reform'.'
New Blackfriars
'...a book which everyone concerned with liturgical questions should possess.'
Christian Order

About the Author

Stratford Caldecott is founder and Director of the Centre for Faith and Culture, Plater College, Oxford.

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dunstan O'Keefe writes in "The Downside Review", Autumn 1998. Until very recently, there has been no adequate forum in which the stoic and silent majority of Catholics who have dutifully borne with the liturgical reforms that came in the wake of Vatican II could articulate their feelings and express their unease. The more immoderate rantings of the extreme reactionaries and the worst experimental excesses of the progressives have had a high profile, but the legitimate concerns of those who occupy the middle ground are only now finding a voice. Increasing uncertainty about the direction of continuing liturgical reform, exacerbated by conflicting messages from those in authority, is causing alarm among those who have been "normally content to regard the external form of the liturgy as a relatively peripheral concern". The widespread concern over the state of Catholic liturgy provided the context for an international conference of the Centre for Faith and Culture held at Westminster College, Oxford in 1996. The present volume presents some of the papers given on that occasion, and includes as an Appendix the Oxford Declaration on Liturgy which summarized the Conference's conclusions. At the time, this statement provoked considerable controversy and was said by the "Catholic Herald" to represent "a watershed for English Catholicism". Certainly it was a welcome opportunity to raise vital questions previously thought to be taboo in a sober and scholarly atmosphere and helped to highlight the existence of organizations which are springing up, not so much to band catholics together to resist further innovation, as to "prepare the intellectual and organizational ground for a revision of the novus ordo in a traditional direction".Read more ›
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