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An Abundance of Graces: Reflections on Sacrosanctum Concilium (Studies Series) Paperback – Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Hillenbrand Books (Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595250034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595250032
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,962,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On December 4, 1963, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, was approved by the Second Vatican Council in a vote of 2,147 to 4. Read the first page
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'An Abundance of Graces' was published in 2004 and is still a timely commentary on Vatican II's Constitution on the Liturgy. Fifty years after the Council and the publication of reams of print on the matter, this book brings the reader back to the heart of the matter the liturgy as the source and summit of the Church's life, not an experimental laboratory.
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An Abundance of Common Sense 31 May 2005
By Peter J. Mango - Published on
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Dr. Pamela Jackson is Associate Director for Research and Program Development at the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. She was a key speaker at the April 2005 congress "The Lost Language of Vatican II: Cosmic and Heavenly Dimensions of the Sacred Liturgy" organized by the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary; she also assists the National Conference of Catholic Bishops as a consultant in liturgical matters. And she knows what she's talking about.

This books consists of the following three critical documents, with an introductory commentary: Sacrosanctum Concilium itself; Pius X's classic text on sacred music; and Pius XII's encyclical "Mediator Dei" on the sacred liturgy.

Points highlighed by Dr. Jackson, either in this text and/or elswhere, include:

1) the fact these three documents should read as a tryptich; 2)that Mediator Dei is everywhere in SC (just not cited sufficiently); 3)that the Liturgy is the (penultimate) consummation of salvation history; 4) that the emphasis on sacrifice, adoration, and the eschaton have not been sufficiently stressed in Liturgy -- DESPITE what SC actually says; 5) that Gregorian Chant, according to SC, demands "pride of place" in the Liturgy.

Want to get a taste of what Catholic Liturgy's all about? Start here.
An Abundace of Graces 25 Sept. 2010
By Maria A. Innocenti - Published on
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This book is a wonderful collection of essays on Sacrosanctum Concilium. Each sentence is filled with a wealth of knowledge and insight. I am so happy it was recommended to me, and so I recommend it to you! If you are involved in the Liturgy in any way - as a Liturgical Minister or Musician, Presider, DRE, CRE, or a member of the Assembly - this is a must read!
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