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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
For all masters of ceremonies for liturgical celebrations 8 Dec. 1999
By JNC - Published on
This typical volume is for all who are interested in the proper way to conduct liturgical celebrations. Eventhough the title is 'Ceremonial of Bishops', the contents of this book can also be applied to liturgies at which the bishop does not preside over. Very practical. After studying it, I have learnt just how taken for granted a properly conducted liturgy is in many churches in where I live.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Helpful Liturgical Commentary 4 April 2007
By Arlen Harris - Published on
The Ceremonial of Bishops is not a liturgical rites book, as a Sacramentary or the Rite of Baptism would be. Rather, it is like a "how to" guide for priests, deacons and other liturgical ministers when participating at a Mass or other liturgical events where a bishop presides. It is particulary helpful for deacons and acolytes, they who would interact with the bishop most frequently during a particular liturgy, especially the Mass.

Documents like the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) and the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours (GILH) would tell you why it is theologically and liturgically important for the bishop, as chief shepherd and liturgist, to preside at the liturgy. The Ceremonial of Bishops is great because it says, given the GIRM and GILH, here is what you do.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 1 April 2009
By kylen1010 - Published on
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Excellent for Master of Ceremonies or those involved with liturgies where a Bishop is present. It explains everything in great detail so there is no confusion - but if you want more information, almost everything in the book is footnoted, so you can look it up in other Church documents. The key for the footnotes is in the back of the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good resource for episcopal (and that doesn't mean "Episcopalian") services 10 Aug. 2006
By Andrea di Pietro della Gondola - Published on
The Ceremonial of Bishops is the most complete book of its kind, which is somewhat unfortunate. As another review has noted, it does not contain a complete ceremonial, but frequently refers the reader to other texts (e.g., GIRM, Rites, etc.); however, for a liturgist/MC/archdeacon, these should all be handy and familiar, making the omission more an inconvenience than a serious flaw. Having said that, the user of this book MUST have and be familiar with these references.

The overall format will be familiar to anyone who has picked up a standard Roman Catholic book of this type (paragraphs are numbered for easy reference). The book review those items, actions, and liturgies that are proper to a bishop. This means that services which are also performed by a priest are not covered in their entirety, but only where the pontifical rites differ. Thus, there is no full discussion on the celebration of Holy Eucharist, but there are specific differences noted (the full discussion can be found in other rituals).

The audience of this books is necessarily narrow, as it is really useful only to those who are Bishops, those who will become bishops, those who serve bishops, and those researching things about bishops. It really does not need to be in every parish sacristy, although it would not be a bad addition. It need not be reviewed by all clergy either; they would be better served by reading St. Gregory's "Pastoral Care" (Vol. 11 in Ancient Christian Writers series), or the letters of St. Ignatius (vol. 1 in the same), which will be more practical.
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Great book for the Master Of Ceremonies at Bishop's mass 24 Jun. 2010
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I have used this book many times. It makes a smooth flow when one is mc'ing at the Bishop's Mass. A must have!
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