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The Church Visible: The Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Roman Catholic Church Hardcover – May 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 553 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670867454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670867455
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James-Charles Noonan, Jr. is a specialist in diplomatic, social, business, and Church protocol, and a consultant for many international organizations, including numerous official bodies of the Roman Catholic Church. He is recognized worldwide as an expert on Church protocol and ceremonial.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

James-Charles Noonan, Jr. is a specialist in diplomatic, social, business, and Church protocol, and a consultant for many international organizations, including numerous official bodies of the Roman Catholic Church. He is recognized worldwide as an expert on Church protocol and ceremonial.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The book is very informative.
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This is a great resource for anyone wanting to learning more about vestment or the roman catholic order.
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Great coffee table book to pick up anytime.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Domenico Bettinelli VINE VOICE on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"The Church Visible" is not about Catholic theology or doctrine, but it does concern an area of no less fascination and interest: the ceremonial life, protocol, and ritual of the Roman Catholic Church. Although late 20th century Catholics might tend to think of the Church as a purely spiritual entity, for nearly 1500 years it was also a political powerhouse and the source of almost all of the culture and customs of Western Europe. "The Church Visible" examines the present-day incarnation of the Church in her external life: ceremonies, traditions, vestments, insignia, protocol, and temporal and spiritual governance.

The book is divided into five sections: the Vatican itself, papal honors including orders of knighthood, Church protocol, vestments and insignia, and a brief history of the papacy. A glossary, a name and subject index, and a variety of appendices including several Church documents are included. Several impressive Catholic figures also have brief forewords including John Cardinal Krol, John Cardinal O'Connor, and Archbishop John P. Foley.

Noonan has done a wonderful job of answering those niggling questions that never seem to be answered in the standard Catholic Q and A books, such as the reason why cardinals have their title placed in the middle of their name and how exactly a papal election is performed. For the latter, the author leads the reader step by step through the protocol that follows the death of a pope, citing examples from recent history, and then to the election process and then enthronement of a new pope. He even includes sample liturgies and ceremony programs that have been used in the past. The chapter on the College of Cardinals is especially a gem.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating work detailing the sometimes bewildering and archaic sights, sounds and ceremonies of the upper echelons of the Roman Church. A "must-read" for Vatican watchers and liturgists. This book describes the proper forms and protocols of upper-Church functions and rites and relates the history and proper usage of the emblems and insignia. This book is decidedly traditional... if you're looking for expressions of post Vatican II liturgical experimentalism, you will not find it here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Reyes, Jr. (rudy.reyes.jr.775@writeme.com) on May 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"As a liturgist and master of ceromonies for more than 8 years, I have found this book to be the easy-to-use, complete guide for the answer to the common question of `why?,` asked by so many of the Catholic faithful. This book provides a history, current guidelines, photographs/sketches, and examples for almost every aspect of Roman Catholic ceremony and protocol. From dinner party seating arrangements, to vestments and clerical garb, to the and burial of prelates to the Papal household: this book has it all.
"I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is remotely interested in Holy Mother, the Church. If nothing else, the photographs are worth the cost of the book alone. For me, it is a cherished book in my library; although, it is rarely on the shelf -- most often on my desk."
Rudy Reyes, Jr., Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Diocese of Corpus Christi, USA
4 May 1998, Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis, religious
Present Assignment: St. Mary's University, Archdiocese of San Antonio, USA
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly researched compendium of the Ceremonial Life and Protocol of the Catholic Church. It illustrates with precision, the purpose behind the action and brings to light the richness found within the Churches "external life". Any laity or cleric studying Theology will find this a useful authoritative reference text for their library. It should be required reading for all men studying for the Catholic Sacramental Priesthood. It would also serve as an excellent book for Parish Libraries, Parish Liturgists and Adult Study Groups. This author received the Papal skull-cap after completing this work. Is this not a positive Review? George F. Zerucha, PA-C Student IRPS Graduate Program / Univ of Dallas
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Markley (SUPDA_TECH_COM@msn.com) on June 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I just became a catholic and bought two copies of this book. First was presented to Sister who taught me in RICA. Father at the Parish would not put it down. So I bought him a copy. You will trully enjoy. Peace be with you.
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41 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey C. Collins on July 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a disappointment to the serious scholar of the ceremonial traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. While the sections on current etiquette and papal knighthoods are rather handy (at least if you're planning to have dinner with an Archbishop anytime soon), the large section on clerical dress is inaccurate beyond belief, particularly when it is realized that the author had been a seminarian who studied in Rome. Besides a lack of knowledge of pre-Vatican II usages, there is a certain tone of disdain or impatience taken toward them that this reviewer, an experienced Master of Ceremonies at two churches that offer the traditional Latin Mass with full approval from Rome, does not consider to be a very "catholic" attitude in any sense. Much more useful, fully accurate information on Catholic clerical dress, insignia, and ceremonial will be found in the classic and easily-found (though out-of-print) manuals of Nainfa and McCloud, and the rare (but well worth it) "Ius Pontificalium" of Mgr Nabuco. To sum up, this item will be an expensive, pretentious, mostly misinformative waste of money for the average reader who wants to know more about the externals of Catholic worship and protocol.
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