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Signs of the Holy One: Liturgy, Ritual, and Expression of the Sacred Paperback – September 20, 2015
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"Fr. Lang reminds us that the liturgy is first and foremost the action of Christ Himself. He provides a welcome resource for that formation in the spirit and power of the liturgy for which the Second Vatican Council called." --Dom Alcuin Reid, Author, The Organic Development of the Liturgy
"Fr. Lang urges us to think about liturgy as an event, not merely a collection of texts. After providing a comprehensive anthropological and theological foundation for sacred worship, he invites his readers to reflect on how the liturgy is performed." --Milton Walsh,Author, In Memory of Me: Meditations on the Roman Canon
"This is an original synthesis, based upon a sound grasp of modern anthropological and theological foundations, showing the intrinsic connection between the beautiful and the sacred." --Professor William Mahrt, Stanford University
About the Author
Uwe Michael Lang has an M.A. in theology from the University of Vienna and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Oxford. A priest of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in London, he is currently Lecturer in Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, and on the Visiting Faculty at the Liturgical Institute in Mundelein, Ill. Among his publications are Turning Towards the Lord and The Voice of the Church at Prayer, both published by Ignatius Press.
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This is an excellent read for those studying liturgy and want a more academic understanding of the liturgy in its many forms. the book begins with Uwe unraveling the difference between sacred (it's antithesis, the profane) and ritual. Uwe cites the greatest Catholic thinkers of the 20th century including Piper, Ratzinger, and Rahner to provide insight into the proper understanding of sacred and ritual. This becomes the bread and butter for the rest of the book.
From there, Uwe explores the liturgy to be found in the various parts of our modern world from contemporary Catholic theology (where he heavily leans on the great Ratzinger), the mass media (where he literally discussed the television of the Holy Mass), sacred art, and architecture. I really loved how Uwe explored each of these subjects with care for preservation of holiness of the Church.
This book is a very academic read. I would not call it a contemporary read, or evangelistic. The book is perfectly fit for an individual or curriculum based study on the sacred and ritual liturgy in its various places and uses.