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What a delight to have this classic work in print again! It still remains the most reliable and detailed guide to the evolution of the Roman Mass, to which every student of liturgical history should turn. --Paul Bradshaw, Professor of Liturgy, University of Notre Dame

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Joseph A. Jungmann, S.J. (18891975), an Austrian Roman Catholic priest and scholar, was ordained to the priesthood in 1913 and entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) four years later. He spent most of his career as professor of pastoral theology at the University of Innsbruck, where he taught both catechetics and liturgy.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 2 Nov. 2012
By Transcendental Thomist - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book at a great price, in two handsome paperback volumes. If you are looking for a comprehensive history of the Roman Rite liturgy or Catholic mass, this book is it. Jungmann recalls the lightning-brilliant Jesuit scholarship of decades past, but also the laborious research of German theology. It's wonderful that Notre Dame University is reprinting a seminal work of theological scholarship like this one, since many such books vanish into library purgatory for many decades. You won't be disappointed to pick up this two-volume set while it lasts. I cannot recommend it enough. Volume 1 details the evolution of the Roman Rite from the fragmentary evidence of early religious meals in the apostolic Christian community, through the ritual elements that crept in from the imperial influence of Greek and Frankish and Germanic liturgists outside of Rome during the dark ages, and finally to the 16th century Roman missal that remained normative for several centuries. Volume 2 is primarily an analysis of the preconciliar Roman Rite as it was practiced in the 1950s when this book was published. This is highly dry and technical material, but fascinating stuff, and you'll find no better scholarship on this subject in any other book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-print of a thorough history and explanation of the Mass of the Roman Rite 11 Feb. 2013
By Stuart Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reprinted by Ave Maria Press, "The Mass of the Roman Rite" offers you a chronological history of how the Mass evolved through the centuries, the different forms of the Mass, and a detailed description of all the parts of the Mass. A chapter was also added that was unavailable in previous editions which discusses the commingling of the Eucharistic species.

This series reads like a textbook, and that is both good and bad. It is good because each chapter offers great detail and research and explains to you the subject in a straightforward manner. It is bad because the text of each page is half content and half footnotes. This can begin to bog the reader down while reading. Also, as I said above, there is a lot of Latin and Greek in the text, and if you don't read either language, you miss a lot.

My favorite section in this book was the history of the Mass and how it evolved over time. Some people tend to think that the Liturgy was established by the early Church and hasn't changed since it's origin. However, it has been an evolving creature, for lack of a better word. This is both good and bad. I will not discuss the merits and flaws of such an evolution though. It was just fascinating to me to see what has changed, what has stayed the same, and where the origins of different parts of the Mass came from.

I would give this book 5 stars for content and quality, but I would also include one BIG caveat. This is not light reading by any means. It takes a special mind to read and even halfway appreciate this work. I am not that special, and I don't feel I even scratched the surface of what this treasure has to offer. This book is academic, scholastic, and spiritual meat. Maybe one day I will get some teeth and I can try and chew through this book again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Text for Liturgical Theology 29 Nov. 2012
By Nicholas A. Zientarski - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so happy that this incredible work by Jungmann was reprinted! This is a superb source of liturgical information and important fine details not found in other works on the Roman Catholic Mass. As a professor of sacramental theology, I have used Jungmann's work quite often in research and writing and I think this is a "must have" for anyone who seriously desires to study the Mass of the Roman Rite!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summary - Hard to put Down 1 Jun. 2014
By Bil Kimes - Published on Amazon.com
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Hard to imagine that in Europe, especially the Germany and Austria areas of Europe, a dedicated Priest would be capable of devoting himself to a body of work that spans over 2,000 years and achieve what Fr Jungmann has with this book. His writing style is very similar that of Pope Benedict XVI - so it is clear and concise and thus easy to follow as he unravels this very deep topic of the most important aspect of our lives - THE MASS. If you love our Catholic faith, you will want to indulge yourself with this book time and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What more can I ask for. 4 Mar. 2013
By Sean - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent and now classic review of the history of the Roman Mass. It is essential to understand the reform of the Mass in 1969, and also to understand the traditional Mass of 1962 and earlier.
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