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"I heartily recommend Peter Kwasniewski's new book for those struggling to come to terms not only with what happened to the liturgy of the Catholic Church, but with why those changes have had such disastrous consequences. As he shows in one aspect after another of the Mass, the changes have taken us further away from that inner transformation of the worshipper which is a secondary purpose of the liturgy, after the worship of God."--JOSEPH SHAW, President of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales
 
"To come out of the present crisis we need to restore the liturgy in all its sacredness. Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis is a very important work that leads us to meditate in depth on the permanent value, theological centrality, and beauty of the traditional liturgy of the Church."--MSGR. IGNACIO BARREIRO, Executive Director of HLI's Rome Office

"Peter Kwasniewski is one of a handful of 21st-century Catholic authors really in touch with our tradition who can, at the same time, carefully explain what is at stake in both the Catholic intellectual world and the culture as a whole. He is devastating in delivering his points, which he makes without wasting a word."--ROGER A. MCCAFFREY, President of Roman Catholic Books
 
"Combining deeply human insight with supernatural faith, Prof. Kwasniewski presents a compelling case for the continuing necessity of the traditional Latin Mass for the Church's life and mission. Without questioning the validity of the modern rite, he illuminates in many ways how the older liturgy more clearly expresses the Faith and more richly nourishes the faithful."-- FR. THOMAS KOCIK, author of Reform of the Reform? A Liturgical Debate: Reform or Return

"The topics of these essays are all of vital importance to our appreciation of the Church's liturgy. With an abundance of wit and learning, Dr. Kwasniewski offers invaluable encouragement towards a greater love and greater understanding of our liturgical tradition."--GREGORY DIPIPPO, managing editor of New Liturgical Movement

"The author presents a well-argued, documented case that the present crisis in the Church will not be overcome until there is a return to the traditional Latin liturgy, a revival of the true social teaching of the Church, and a restoration of the study of St. Thomas Aquinas in our seminaries and colleges."--FR. KENNETH BAKER, Editor Emeritus, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

About the Author

PETER KWASNIEWSKI has taught and written on a wide variety of subjects, especially the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church. After teaching at the International Theological Institute in Austria, he joined the founding team of Wyoming Catholic College, where he currently serves as Professor of Theology and Choirmaster. For twenty-five years Dr. Kwasniewski has also been a director of choirs and scholas, a cantor, and a composer. He writes regularly for The Latin Mass and several popular Catholic weblogs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Angelico Press (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621380874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621380870
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Riess on November 28, 2014
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Whenever I read a book of particular interest to me, I always bend the page, mark the passage and pause a minute to enjoy the moment. After finishing this book, I found I had made about fifty such notations. If asked how I liked the book, I would say: First, it is obvious the author has a great love for Our Lord and Savior and has a gift to wonderfully express this love via the written word. Second, since I have neither the talent nor the writing skills to do his work justice, I would simply take a few of his most notable passages and pass them along (with a few words of my own):

Our Traditional Liturgy involves "the belief that something can be so good, so true, so worthy that one should embrace and defend it with utter seriousness and self-sacrifice."

The old and new liturgy might be described as "a vivid study in contrasts: a traditional manner of worship that is noble, restrained, full of awe, focused on mystery, lovingly conveyed in lilting Latin tones and then we have a modern way of worship, hyperactive, monotonous and raucous without measure, beauty or dignity."

"The liturgical reformers claimed that their sole intention was to give people solid spiritual nourishment, as though we did not already have it plentifully. Instead, we were given poor modern food that cannot sustain."

On page 55, the reader will look at and read the words (slowly) that best describes the priest at Holy Mass. "Look at him, the priest with his back turned, with his face, his hands, his heart fixed on the mystery of faith --- he disappears, to be replaced by Christ; he vanishes, and yet he is more himself than ever." The reader should pause a moment as the author renders a most beautiful description.

When Mr.
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Following the recent appointment of the new Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, the American commentator Rocco Palmo suggested that, as a result, the Congregation was now likely to “hew closer to [Pope] Francis’ own liturgical approach.” Palmo continued: ”As one op summarized its principles: ‘Go by the book. Don't make a fuss about it. And remember that liturgy’s always a means to an end—not an end in itself.’” Whether Palmo is in fact correct about the Holy Father’s approach is by no means clear. I suspect that he is doing the Pope a disservice—after all, to borrow a phrase from Mark Francis CSV, Pope Francis “is not a trained liturgist.”

Be that as it may, what is much more significant is Palmo’s blithe assertion that making a fuss about the liturgy is inappropriate, and that the liturgy is always a means to an end, not an end in itself, for this simply casts aside the fact that our first duty, in justice, is the worship of Almighty God. The first commandment of the Decalogue, the Rule of St Benedict, the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas and the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council, amongst others, make this perfectly clear. So does the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “God’s first call and just demand is that man accept him and worship him” (n. 2084).

Certainly, the Council teaches that the Sacred Liturgy is the source and summit of the Church’s life and mission (SC 10), and that the “liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of the Church” (SC 9). Nevertheless, the Sacred Liturgy enjoys priority. It has a literally fundamental place in Christian life. As the Council states: “no other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree” (SC 7).
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One of my favorite Italian dishes is stracotto di manzo al vino rosso which is beef marinated and cooked for hours and hours in red wine with vegetables. Somehow I'm reminded of this delectable process as I read Dr. Kwasniewski's new book since the author emerges as a gifted intellectual/church musician and a "stracotto" Catholic, deeply steeped and simmered as it were in the wine of pre-and post-conciliar Catholic thought and culture, thoroughly proficient and at ease with both forms of the Roman rite with constant reference to the Byzantine rite.

The author's calm juxtaposition of Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form liturgical praxis is the highlight of the book, providing an abundant series of examples and anecdotes pointing to the sterility and inanity of the one and the fecundity and profundity of the other.

Like many other faithful Catholics of his generation, it is evident that Dr. K. was reared primarily in the Novus Ordo, dutifully accepting and internalizing it to the best of his ability, but upon encountering the Church's ancient liturgy was completely captivated and enamored with it, rejoicing to discover in it the breadth and depth and richness of Catholic worship barely hinted at in the reformed liturgy.

This volume will be of great assistance to baby-boomer Catholics who seek further information on the Latin Mass from the perspective of a Catholic immersed in the Church's entire liturgical tradition. Its invaluable side-by-side exposition of both forms of the Roman rite offers a path towards future enrichment of the new and enlightened appreciation of the old.
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