Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $4.61 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages Paperback – June 7, 2017
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From the Back Cover
"Anyone who wants a frank, honest, and deep explanation of worship, prayer, and liturgy should get this book. Be prepared to marvel at the depth of the Mass."--REV. JAMES W. JACKSON, F.S.S.P., author of Nothing Superfluous
"With a delightful variety of insightful angles, Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness is an admirable contribution to reminding the Church how to move the world with her irreplaceable liturgical traditions."--MICHAEL P. FOLEY, Baylor University
"This tremendous new book is an eloquent and erudite confrontation with the very root of the liturgical debate: whether the radical de-mystifying of the Catholic liturgy has been for the good of souls. It is a ringing affirmation that the kind of liturgy that pleases God, softens the hearts of sinners, and raises the pious towards sanctity, is the mysterious product of centuries of development."--JOSEPH SHAW, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales
"Peter Kwasniewski illustrates the total collapse of the hierarchy of values brought about by a modern world that has 'turned its back to God,' and man's need for the Traditional Mass to spin him round to a recognition that all good things--temporal things included--flow only from aiming our attention firmly at the Creator."--JOHN RAO, St. John's University
"Dr. Kwasniewski has a genius for making a fresh case for Catholic tradition, with a blend of perspectives from the entire 60-year Catholic traditionalist movement. A unique reading experience."--ROGER A. MCCAFFREY, President, Roman Catholic Books
About the Author
PETER KWASNIEWSKI is a founding faculty member of Wyoming Catholic College, where he is professor and choirmaster. He is a prolific writer and a composer of sacred music.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $1.99 (Save 78%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Using a rich variety of approaches, he explains the mystical significance of the ancient rites, the meaning and application of Summorum Pontificum, the true sense of active participation, and the role of Mary in the liturgy, and on the basis of it all argues that the old Mass has a key role to play in the new evangelization.
Noble Beauty is a unique combination of cultural criticism and mystagogy, which, in the best vein of the Liturgical Movement, seeks to show how the spirit of the liturgy is the source of Catholic spiritual life and the most effective tool in the evangelization of modern man. In the end, it becomes clear that the principles informing the construction of the new Mass are consonant neither with the liturgical teaching of the Second Vatican Council, nor with the deep mystical wisdom underlying the ancient Christian liturgical tradition generally.
Decades of teaching and writing inform Kwasniewski’s sensitive and engaging style, which can be at the same time a biting sword of polemic and a gentle salve to the Christian soul. His years of theological study are apparent in his probing mystagogical exegesis of the symbols of the ancient liturgy.
Drawing on his long experience in Catholic parish life, this book offers numerous insights and orientations helpful for priests, seminarians, and laymen working to restore liturgical tradition in their parishes and religious orders. An indispensable handbook for liturgical renewal!
Fittingly for a choir director, Kwasniewski brings together a scintillating blend of voices from the Liturgical Movement, old and new. To name just a few: Louis Bouyer, Romano Guardini, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Evelyn Waugh, Pope Benedict, Alcuin Reid, Martin Mosebach, Lauren Pristas, Michael Lang, Klaus Gamber, Laszlo Dobszay, Fr. Hunwicke and Joseph Shaw. Kwasniewski’s book is a polyphonic hymn crying out in the wilderness—it is written largely from the Great Basin, anyway!—and wooing Catholics back to their liturgical tradition.
Those unfamiliar or skeptical of the traditionalist movement are encouraged to revise their pre-conceptions as Kwasniewski showcases the intellectual richness and popular appeal of a burgeoning international movement that promises to reshape the Church of our century. If post-Conciliar theology must be attentive to the signs of the times, the New Liturgical Movement is one of the most potent signs of renewal. Its tightly bound network of parish priests and religious, bloggers and professional theologians, average laymen and Church officials at the highest levels of the Curia, is surely a fruitful force of renewal that all intelligent Catholics should take seriously.