In this revised edition of Roman Catholic Worship, Professor White notes that contrary to often-expressed assumptions that nothing changed in Catholic worship from the Council of Trent to Vatican II, these four centuries witnessed significant change in devotions, church architecture and music, and in otherways than liturgical texts.
A great deal has happened in Roman Catholic worship since Vatican II promulgated the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy on December 4, 1963. But the myth persists that very little happened in the four centuries between the end of the Council of Trent on December 4, 1563, and Vatican II. Roman Catholic Worship explores what occurred in those four hundred years before Vatican II and how the stage was set for all the changes that have come about since the council. It may be true that liturgical texts were frozen during those intervening centuries, but to assume that liturgical texts are the whole of liturgy is questionable. James White demonstrates that the worship life of Roman Catholicism was in constant transition during this entire period despite the intransigence of liturgical texts.
Chapters are "The Legacy of the Council of Trent," "The Baroque Age," "The Enlightenment," "The Romantic Era," "The Journey to the Second Vatican Council," "The Legacy of the Second Vatican Council," "The Journey Beyond the Second Vatican Council," and "The Future of Roman Catholic Worship." Includes glossary, bibliography, index of persons and index of subjects.
James F. White, Ph.D., is the Bard Thompson Professor of Liturgical Studies at Drew University and a visiting professor at Yale University. He has published nineteen books, chapters in forty-six other books, and over a hundred articles. His first edition of Roman Catholic Worship won the 1996 First Place Book Award from The Catholic Press Association.
Nathan D. Mitchell, PhD, is Associate Director for Research at the Center for Pastoral Liturgy, University of Notre Dame. Six times a year, he writes "The Amen Corner" for Worship. In 1998, the North American Academy of Liturgy presented him with its Berakah Award. Other books by Mitchell that have been published by The Liturgical Press include Cult and Controversy, Mission and Ministry, and Rule of Prayer, Rule of Faith. He also contributed to The Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology.
This remains an important work. Any liturgical bookshelf that is bare of the first edition should exhort its owner to secure a copy of the second. The book deserves consideration by church leaders engaged in the current liturgy debates, liturgical teachers and historians who are more often than not focused on the medieval period, and readers in general seeking insight into our immediate history and current mindset.
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