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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1118 pages
  • Publisher: Pueblo Books; 3 edition (January 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814660150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814660157
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Father P on September 17, 2007
In following the Religious Studies motto of "lex orandi lex credendi" (basically: what we pray is what we believe), this is an excellent resource for studying the Catholic Faith in its official form. Part 1 covers the Rites of the Sacraments except for Matrimony and Holy Orders. Before each Rite, there's a sort of introduction and some form of letter from the Vatican that "authorizes" each Rite, something important for Catholics who believe that communion (or atleast faithfulness) to the Pope is essential. If you're the type that likes to go into the raw sources, this book is for you. If you want a book that summarizes and gives you systematic theology, you might want to consider the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or Catholicism (by McBrien) that already does all the dirty work. God bless in your studies!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carmel Ann Sperti on February 7, 2013
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Most liturgists and theology students need only THE RITES, Volume One to use as a reference work. Unless you are planning diocesan-level celebrations or Episcopal liturgies, all your tools are right here. Indispensable for liturgical preparation!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Donahue on April 24, 2013
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I purchased this for a class on the Sacraments. I is very interesting to someone who is curious about what is being said and done during each of the Sacraments. However, it is not for someone looking for an explanation of the Sacraments themselves, how they developed, or the Church's teachings on the Sacraments. It is not light reading. It really is for parish and scholarly use.
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The Preface states, "The Roman Ritual has undergone numerous revisions since the edition of Pope Paul V, of 1614. Now, in response to the directives of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, a new edition has been undertaken by the Holy See. One of the animating principles that has guided the preparation of the new rites is to encourage the people of God to understand and participate more fully in their sacred celebrations... The purpose of this book is to bring together for the first time in one volume those rites which are essential to the planning of liturgical celebrations and which are frequently studied and referred to in theology courses and are of special concern to the laity in general."

It notes that for the initiation of adults, "This journey includes not only the periods for making inquiry and for maturing... but also the steps marking the catechumens' progress, as they pass, so to speak, through another doorway or ascend to the next level. 1. The first step: reaching the point of initial conversion and wishing to become Christians, they are accepted as catechumens by the Church. 2. The second step: having progressed in faith and nearly competed the catechumenate, they are accepted into a more intense preparation for the sacraments of initiation. 3. The third step: having completed their spiritual preparation, they receive the sacraments of Christian initiation." (Pg. 36) It adds of the postbaptismal period, "This is the time, usually the Easter season, following the celebration of initiation, during which the newly initiated experience being fully a part of the Christian community by means of pertinent catechesis and particularly by participation with all the faithful in the Sunday eucharistic celebration." (Pg.
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Excellent! good replacement for the old ritual notes! Explanatory notes very helpful for pre-Vatican 2 officiating'there was no need to brush up on latin.
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Is everything I expected and what every RCIA catechist needs. Print is large enough to easily read and it arrived on time.
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By Alissa Thorell on June 7, 2014
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This is the Third Edition or whatever is the most up-to-date. It is as expected, the Rites of the Catholic Church.
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