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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466319801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466319806
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Adrian Fortescue was the expert par excellence of the Roman liturgy and this book (1917) is still useful for those of us still involved in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. (It is quite useless for the novus ordo). This book is a reproduction, not a reprint as such. Nevertheless, it is well done and clear. Fortescue's authoritative and sometimes witty commentary is always worth reading.

This edition was revised several times, and I have both the Fortescue O'Connor revision of 1947 and 1996 with updates to the rite, especially by Pius XII and John XXIII. The latestest edition (2009), Fortescue O'Connor Alcuin is on sale at [...] and this is the edition for practicaluse for those using the older rite today. The 1917 edition is more of interest for reference and historical purposes, but of great value for all that.
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HASH(0x90114d8c) out of 5 stars How the Mass evolved from the 1st century 23 April 2005
By J. W. Cline - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've enjoyed these titles -- Lamb's Supper by Scott Hahn, Understanding the Mass by Charles Belmonte, and The Mass: A Biblical Prayer by Fr Peter Stravinskas -- you'll find this work to be even more detailed. It traces all the available documentary evidence for how each part of the Mass evolved, first from the Jewish liturgy, then into a distinctly Christian act of worship. The book has helped me stay more attentive during Mass, because now I can see the rich symbolism and history at each turn. Protestants who are intrigued by the idea of worshipping as the first Christians did will find in this book what they are looking for.
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HASH(0x90114de0) out of 5 stars Detailed 30 Aug. 2012
By Scotty Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of information here. For Catholics, I would not recommend this book unless you are familiar with the traditional Latin Mass, now called the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The Mass discussed is different from the Ordinary Form/Novus Ordo, etc, and is slightly different from the 1962 Missal as well. Much of the book covers the Roman Canon (more or less Eucharist Prayer 1 in the Novus Ordo Mass). Often Fr Fortescue speaks of "problems" with the Roman Canon. He is not, like the modernists who came after him, speaking of pastoral or theological problems with the Canon, but is rather speaking of a historical problem: where did it come from and how? In parts of the work he speaks definitively when referring to the opinions/conclusions of other scholars. For example, when speaking of Mr X's conclusions, instead of saying "Mr X concludes Y happened," he says "Y happened," even if he doesn't believe Mr X's conclusions or even disproves them later on. This can be somewhat confusing. I would recommend this book to non-Catholics who are interested in early Christian liturgical worship, particularly those who believe the Roman Mass was conjured in medieval times. I would especially recommend this to Eastern Christians, though don't let his opinions of Byzantine-isms (which were mostly positive) deter you from a good read regarding the Roman Rite.
HASH(0x90122234) out of 5 stars but not easy to read 1 Aug. 2015
By Gary S. - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well done, but not easy to read. Good scholarly material.
HASH(0x9012221c) out of 5 stars Go to the Source. 5 Feb. 2016
By Malcolm C. Harris, Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the classic work on the Western liturgy.
HASH(0x901225e8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Dec. 2015
By Barbara D. - Published on Amazon.com
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A must for every Traditional Roman Catholic!!!
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