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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (31 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586177206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586177201
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pope Benedict XVI has made the liturgy a central theme of his pontificate, and he has paid special attention to the vitally important role of language in prayer. This historical and theological study of the changing role of Latin in the Roman Catholi

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By CJ Craig VINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2014
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The sheer scope of this work is magisterial but presented in such a clear and readable fashion. Not only does he offer the history of the development and use of Latin in the liturgy of the Latin Rite, he situates his research within the Church today and the many heated discussions about the use of Latin. Excellent work of outstanding scholarship.
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Very informative and well written.
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Another Hit from Fr. Lang 11 Dec. 2012
By B.Douglass - Published on Amazon.com
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As a lay enthusiast of liturgical history and the current reform of the reform, I find Fr. Lang's work to be a wonderful addition to my readings. At once written at a deeply scholarly and yet accessible level, The Voice of the Church at Prayer: Reflections on Liturgy and Language serves much the same function as Turning Toward the Lord did for liturgical positioning. The Voice of the Church at Prayer wades into the often hotly debated issue of the use of language at Mass laying out with solid historical and theological evidence just what exactly has happened with language for the 2000 years of Church history.

It is a fascinating read and lays to rest many false notions in liturgical circles. For example, the issue taken with early Slavic usage in the liturgy by the Germans was not so much with the non-Latin words, but with the introduction of a new alphabet into the liturgies of the Church. This old line is so often heard from various sources about the matter, it is about time to see it put to rest. The style is delightful and holds the reader's attention with numerous examples drawn not just from the past but from the new English translation of the Ordinary Form which seems, thankfully, to reflect, to a larger extent than the previous translation, the sanity about language that Fr. Lang encapsulates and expounds so well in this book.
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Thorough and engaging 28 Mar. 2013
By David J Brantley - Published on Amazon.com
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This book stands as an excellent rebuke to one of the most perplexing developments of the 20th Century: the wholesale de-sacralization of Catholic liturgy. The author's review of the liturgical language of the Roman Rite amply demonstrates that this development is not in continuity with tradition. Unfortunately, the author skips from Aquinas to the 20th Century, with a tantalizingly brief stopover at Trent, and did not address developments during the Renaissance or later. The history from Vatican II to the present covers no ground not already familiar to those who have followed the birth of the 2011 ICEL. Nevertheless, the book is to be recommended liturgy committees and ought to be required reading for seminarians.
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So why Latin? 5 Jan. 2013
By Blase Harris Md, Llc - Published on Amazon.com
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When you read this book, you will understand why. It helps to remember that other Sacred Traditions have sense enough to know not to throw away their Sacred Languages.
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Preferred by my Dominican Liturgy Professor! 20 Feb. 2014
By David Begany - Published on Amazon.com
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I have respect for my teacher's opinion, therefore I am satisfied that this is and excellent resource, though I've yet to read it.
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