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on 18 March 2015
This is a very good short overview of the liturgy of the Catholic church, setting the developments of the post Vatican II years in their wider historical context.
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on 1 February 2003
In the way of the reform of the reform that the Cardinal Ratzinger has called, Fr. Nichols offers an interesting view of the history of the liturgical movement and its roots, from the eighteenth century Enlightenment to our days, showing the influences of the Enlightenment liturgists and the importance of the revolution of technicians into the redesigning of liturgy. Further, he looks at the importance of ritual and its influence on the lex credendi of the comunity. He also touch the problem of noble simplicy mentioned by Vatican II, and the decision of the posconciliar reformers to return to a pre-caroligian roman tradition as the most pure roman rite life. Finally, in the Idiom of Worship, he look at the problem of functionalism and the lack of trascendence of today. The entire book is a critial but truthful view of the modern liturgy and a call for a new ransom and valoration of the liturgical tradition of the roman rite, apointing into a new renewal (teological and practical) of its contemporary form.
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