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The Spirit of the Liturgy
The Spirit of the Liturgy
by Joseph Ratzinger
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear examination of the Liturgy, 30 Oct. 2005
In this book the Holy Father clearly demonstrates his grasp of all liturgical matters. He shows that, contrary to the portrait his detractors paint of him, he recognises the good things that come from reform as well as loving the tradition of Holy Mother Church.
Although scholarly the book is pretty much accessible to anyone. The first chapter is the most metaphysical and it gets easier after that. Essential reading is the chapter on the orientaion of the altar. The Holy Father gives insightful and well reasoned arguements for priest and people praying in the same direction (not, as the modernists have it, the priest with his back to the people).
Overall, a wonderful little book.

The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described
The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described
by Adrian Fortescue
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the Modern Traditional Catholic, 19 Oct. 2005
This book is a must for any devotee of the Tridentine Rite. It gives essential information on every possible service you could imagine (Low Mass, Missa Cantata, High Mass, Pontifical High Mass, Solemn Vespers, even Tenenbrae).
The book is aimed at those involved in the celebration of these ceremonies (i.e. the ordained ministers and altar servers) but has a wealth of information that would appeal to any lay person.
Written in an accesible style it proves that the Tridentine Mass is not just a relic of the past but appeals to people of all ages.
The foreward by H.E. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos is immensly interesting and proves that the old Mass is lawful and here to stay.
Expensive- but worth every penny.

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