- Hardcover: 250 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press; Revised Edition Used edition (September 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898707846
- ISBN-13: 978-0898707847
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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What as an amateur I had always suspected, Cardinal Ratzinger in THE SPIRIT OF THE LITURGY has, as a professional, proven to me to be true. Full Liturgical renewal has yet to happen. And it cannot be so until all are aware of what it is that we are about when we celebrate the Liturgy.
THE SPIRIT OF THE LITURGY gives us(clergy and laity alike) the foundation and raison d'etre for our most solemn moment of prayer, the Eucharistic Sacrifice. He solidly and with obvious expertise grounds our appreciation for the Mass in Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Fathers of the Church. One example: The Eucharistic Celebration's close ties to the Jewish Synagogue Service helps tremendously to understand its division into Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist and at the same time explains the age old practice of priest and people facing in the same direction(ad orientem). One could walk through this little book citing example after example, page after page, of how ones appreciation of the Mass could not fail to be deepen with the turning of yet another page. It has hugely enhanced my own appreciation for the richness of the Liturgy.
It is a must read for all clergy; a sine qua non for Liturgists especially.Read more ›
The first section of the book works to connect liturgy in the church with the wider world, and indeed the entire cosmos. Ratzinger draws on ideas East and West, from philosophical traditions in the church as well as the biblical witness (both Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament). He sees Jesus as both a role model as well as the central figure in the Eucharist, drawing on all of these sources to make the point of the way worship is done, and what meaning can be derived from it.
Following this introductory section, Ratzinger continues to look at the practical aspects, everything from the language used and the movements done to the architectural implications and the musical elements. Ratzinger was a leading figure in the Second Vatican Council, but navigates an interesting line between some of the traditional elements and the more recent innovations in liturgical worship.Read more ›
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I am a student of theology, and Ratzinger (as ALWAYS) offers intellectual and spiritual enlightenment.Published 1 month ago by Crawford
Amazing book! Every single catholic should read this book!Published 8 months ago by Samuel Sommaruga
I found this book by Pope Benedict (written while he was a cardinal) to be valuable in different ways. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Bend-Kroën
Cardinal Ratzinger's deceptively small book is packed with wisdom in each of its words, leading us on an awe inspiring review of the liturgy: "what is imperative is a new... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph P. Tevington
If I were to pick just one book authored by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, it would be The Spirit of the Liturgy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lynn R. Johnson
As with basically everything from this author (Pope Emeritus), this is an excellent read. Terrific in-depth explanations of the amazing beauty and meaning of the Liturgy.Published 18 months ago by E. Mazur
Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) is THE premier theologian of our times. This work, like his others, provides the reader with both food for thought and inspiration for... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gregory Stone