The Liturgy Documents, Volume One: Fifth Edition.
Liturgy Training Publications (Chicago, 2012). 672 pp., $30.00
Too many books come across this review’s desk to read and review in this column. Here are a few noteworthy resources that should be considered as acquisitions for one’s personal library and/or parish library.
The Liturgy Documents, Volume One: Fifth Edition. This volume contain documents that can be difficult to find. Here, they are brought together in one place. The documents in volume one are: Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Dies Domini: On Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States of America, Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar, Ecclesia de Eucharistia: On the Eucharist in its Relationship to the Church, Redemptionis Sacramentum: On Certain Matters to be Observed or to be Avoided Regarding the Most Holy Eucharist, Lectionary for Mass: Introduction, Book of the Gospels: Introduction, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship, Fulfilled in Your Hearing: The Homily in the Sunday Assembly, Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest: Introduction, Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, and Gathered in Steadfast Faith: Statement of the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy on Sunday Worship in the Absence of a Priest.
The Liturgy Documents, Volume Two: Second Edition (Chicago, Ill.: Liturgy Training Publications, 2012. $25.00). This 502-page volume, subtitled Essential Documents for Parish Sacramental Rites and Other Liturgies, contains the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican II and the Introductions from Christian Initiation, RCIA, Baptism of Children, Confirmation, Penance, Marriage, Pastoral Care of the Sick, Order of Christian Funerals, Directory for Masses with Children, and more. Like volume one, this tome comes with a glossary and an index.
The Liturgy Documents, Volume Three (Chicago, Ill.: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013. $35.00). This 600-page volume, subtitled Foundational Documents on the Origins and Implementation of ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium,’ contains historical documents from 1902 to 2003, such as “Mystici Corporis Christi” (1943), “Musicae Sacrae Disciplina” (1955), “Liturgiam Authenticam” (2001), etc. The volume is also indexed.
The Liturgy Documents, Volume Four (Chicago, Ill.: Liturgy Training Publications, 2013. $35.00). This 678-page volume, subtitled Supplemental Documents for Parish Worship, Devotions, Formation and Catechesis, is a library of miscellaneous documents that influence liturgical celebration. For example, this volume contains Sacramentum Caritatis, guidelines for concelebration of the Eucharist, the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, Pope John Paul II’s letter to artists, and lots more. Taken together, the four volumes of this series make available liturgical documents that even the most resourceful scholar might not be able to find. They should be in any parish library.
Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass by Paul Turner (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2012. $23.95). The new edition of this book has been updated to conform with the revised English translation of the Roman Missal.
Lost in Wonder: Essays on Liturgy and the Arts by Aidan Nichols (England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2011. $80.96 HB). Nichols, a Dominican, presents nine essays on the liturgy in this book. The tome is divided into three parts: Explorations of the Liturgy, the Setting of the Rites, and Response to the Word. In many of the essays, Nichols laments the far-afield direction that some people took the reforms of Vatican Council II and calls for a return to wonder and beauty. Individual essays cover such topics as St. Thomas and sacramental liturgy, Romano Guardini and Joseph Ratzinger on liturgical theology, architecture, icons, a theological perspective on church music, and more.
FATHER BOYER, a priest for 38 years and an instructor in the Religious Studies Department of Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo., for 26 years, is the author of 35 books primarily in the areas of biblical and liturgical spirituality. His latest book is Nature Spirituality: Praying with Wind, Water, Earth, Fire (Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, 2013).