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T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy

ISBN: 9780567034427
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In the decades following the Second Vatican Council, Catholic liturgy became an area of considerable interest and debate, if not controversy, in the West. Mid to late-twentieth century liturgical scholarship, upon which the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council were predicated and implemented, no longer stands unquestioned. The liturgical and ecclesial springtime the reforms of Paul VI were expected to facilitate has failed to emerge, leaving many questions as to their wisdom and value.

Quo vadis Catholic liturgy? The T&T Clark Companion to the Liturgy brings together a variety of scholars who consider this question at the beginning of the 21st century in the light of advances in liturgical scholarship, decades of post-Vatican II experience and the critical re-examination in the West of the question of the liturgy promoted by Benedict XVI. The contributors, each eminent in their field, have distinct takes on how to answer this question, but each makes a significant contribution to contemporary debate, making this volume an essential reference for the study of Western Catholic liturgy in history and in the light of contemporary scholarship and debate.

Key Features

  • Examines the implications of Catholic liturgical reform at Vatican II
  • Provides scholarly examination of the Church’s liturgy and suggests solutions to debated questions
  • Traces and reappriases the liturgy advocated by Benedict XVI


  • Part I: What is the Liturgy
    • Liturgical Theology
  • Part II: The Liturgy in History
    • The Jewish Roots of Christian Liturgy
    • The Study of Early Christian Worship
    • Key Themes in the Study of Early Medieval Liturgy
    • Late Medieval Liturgy: A Celebration of Emmanuel, “God with us”
    • The Roman Missal of the Council of Trent
    • In Pursuit of Participation-Liturgy and Liturgists in Early Modern and Post Enlightenment Catholicism
    • Late-Nineteenth-Century Catholic Theology
    • The Twentieth Century Liturgical Movement
    • The Liturgy of the Sacraments
    • The Divine Office in History
    • Gregorian Chant
  • Part III: The Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council
    • The Vision of the Constitution on the Liturgy
    • The Implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium
    • After Sacrosanctum Concilium: Continuity or Rupture?
    • A Reform of the Reform?
    • Conservative Protestants in America
  • Part IV: Themes in Contemporary Liturgical Studies
    • Pastoral Liturgy Revisited
    • The Liturgy and Sacred Language
    • Englishing the Mass
    • Liturgical Music
    • Liturgical Architecture
    • The Usus Antiquior: Its History and Importance after the Second Vatican Council
    • An Anglican Perspective
  • Part V: A–Z of the Study of Catholic Liturgy

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Dom Alcuin Reid is a monk of the Monastère Saint-Benoît in the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon in France. He studied theology and education in Melbourne, Australia, and was awarded a PhD from King’s College, University of London. He has lectured internationally and has published extensively on the sacred liturgy, including Looking Again at the Question of the Liturgy with Cardinal RatzingerThe Monastic DiurnalThe Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, and A Bitter Trial: Evelyn Waugh and John Carmel Cardinal Heenan on the Liturgical Changes. His writings have been translated into Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Polish, and Croatian.

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