The Spirit of the Liturgy

The Spirit of the Liturgy Considered by Ratzinger devotees as his greatest work on the Liturgy this profound and beautifully written treatment of the great prayer of the Church will help readers rediscover the Liturgy in all

  • Title: The Spirit of the Liturgy
  • Author: Pope Benedict XVI Jon Saward
  • ISBN: 9780898707847
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Considered by Ratzinger devotees as his greatest work on the Liturgy, this profound and beautifully written treatment of the great prayer of the Church will help readers rediscover the Liturgy in all its hidden spiritual wealth and transcendent grandeur as the very center of our Christian life In his own foreward to the book, Cardinal Ratzinger compares this work to a mucConsidered by Ratzinger devotees as his greatest work on the Liturgy, this profound and beautifully written treatment of the great prayer of the Church will help readers rediscover the Liturgy in all its hidden spiritual wealth and transcendent grandeur as the very center of our Christian life In his own foreward to the book, Cardinal Ratzinger compares this work to a much earlier classic of the same title by Romano Guardini because Ratzinger feels that his insights here are similar with what Guardini achieved in his time regarding a renewed understanding of the Liturgy My purpose here is to assist this renewal of understanding of the Liturgy Its basic intentions coincide with what Guardini wanted to achieve The only difference is that I have had to translate what Guardini did at the end of the First World War, in a totally different historical situation, into the context of our present day questions, hopes and dangers Like Guardini, I am not attempting to involve myself with scholarly discussion and research I am simply offering an aid to the understanding of the faith and to the right way to give the faith its central form of expression in the Liturgy.

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    1. Pope Benedict XVI Latin Benedictus PP XVI Italian Benedetto XVI German Benedikt XVI born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927 was the 265th Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Catholic Church He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St John Lateran, on 7 May 2005 A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship.On 11 February 2013, Pope Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a lack of strength of mind and body due to his advanced age His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013 He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294 As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white He is expected to move into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013.After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at various German universities he formally remains a professor at the University of Regensburg , he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977 In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important offices of the Roman Curia At the time of his election as Pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such the primus inter pares among the cardinals.Like his predecessor Pope John Paul II, Benedict XVI is theologically conservative and his teaching and prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values During his papacy, Benedict XVI has advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many developed countries He views relativism s denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century He teaches the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God s redemptive love He has reaffirmed the importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism of many Christians engaged in charitable work Pope Benedict has also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a prominent position.Pope Benedict is the founder and patron of the Ratzinger Foundation, a charitable organisation, which makes money from the sale of his books and essays in order to fund scholarships and bursaries for students across the world info on Ratzinger Foundation ewtn library Theology

    2. Benedict XVI surely puts the "Lit" back in "Liturgy" with this fascinating and refulgent view of the recently watered down Catholic Mass. With unabashed defenses of incense, gregorian chant and literary scriptural roots, His Holiness expresses a much needed return to the basics of liturgy and provides the Cliff's Notes of how to get the Mass back on track. I for one will regurgitate at the next "Folk Mass" I am obligated to attend.

    3. June 7, 2011 Update: Listened to the first podcast last night. I really like Fr. Riccardo. Thanks again for the recommendation Lynda.May 31, 2011 Update: A friend just recommended this set of podcasts by Fr. John Riccardo as very helpful in understanding this book. Can't wait 'til I have some time to listen! Thanks Lynda! I'm not sure if it was good or bad that it took me so long to finish this book. It isn't what I'd call a 'cover-to-cover' read anyway. By that I mean, you don't necessarily hav [...]

    4. As a Protestant, despite some high church leanings, I find plenty to disagree with here. But this book wasn't written for me, and I greatly respect Ratzinger's learned, devout approach to his topic. This is the best overview of Catholic worship I have found. He named this book intentionally after his hero, Guardini's 1918 book of the same name. It is divided into four parts (The Essence of the Liturgy, Time and Space in the Liturgy, Art and Liturgy, Liturgical Form) It is very important to note [...]

    5. Third (maybe fourth) time reading this, but first time reviewing. It's still five stars and always will be. Along with Introduction to Christianity, this is, in my mind, the classic Raztinger/Benedict title. Up front, it really is a Catholic insider baseball book with a tiny secular audience, so may not be everybody's cup of tea - in other words, you may want to move on from this review and book.That being said (or his dictis since we're in a Catholic realm) it should live on the shelf of all Ca [...]

    6. Prayers, music, postures, gestures, history, and development of the liturgy. Immensely readable. Best part: "Liturgical dance has no place in Christian worship." I feel so validated.

    7. "The Spirit of the Liturgy" will forever be within arm's reach. This simple statement of then-Cardinal Ratzinger's theology of liturgy opened my eyes to the genius and the beauty of Catholic worship--admittedly a dry subject but one that is increasingly important for Catholics to grow in appreciation of. One might claim that it is precisely the failure to convey the intention and meaning of the Council's revision of the liturgy that has created the confusion and apathy so many Catholics now face [...]

    8. The following sections were strong ones in the text: the cosmic and historical dimensions of the liturgy; liturgical art; corporal gestures in the liturgy. Well written, but can be challenging for those who have not had much experience in academic and theological writings (though this book isn't so much theological as theoretical about liturgy).

    9. Even though I grew up Catholic, I had no idea how important the Liturgy and Mass was. This book brought my one-dimensional understanding of what we do at Mass into reality. There is much more meaning to the Liturgy, one that connects us with the past, present, and with the future as heaven on Earth.

    10. This is a fantastic treatise on the Catholic Liturgy by Pope Emeritus Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict 16).This book is amazing.

    11. Absolutely phenomenal work on Liturgical theology. This is a must read for anybody who wants to understand Liturgy in all its hidden spiritual and historical wealth. My experience of the Mass has been changed forever. I would give it 10 starts if I could. Pope Benedict, I love you!

    12. Liturgy is the heart and apex of Christian life. And even though it is not true that we take away from it as much as we are willing to give (we always gain more than we could ever hope to give), it behooves us to know and understand deeply and thoughtfully the significance and importance of liturgy's various parts. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now pope Benedict XVI) has set out in this relatively slim volume to examine and meditate on various aspects of the Liturgy, and to defend it from various c [...]

    13. Written by Cardinal Ratzinger in 2000. Wonderful book that really gets to the heart of Catholic liturgy as God-focused not human-focused. Four parts: The Essence of the Liturgy, Time and Space in the Liturgy, Art and Liturgy, and Liturgical Form. The first section is the most esoteric but the last three parts are increasingly more practical. Anyone discouraged by the density of some of the early pages should plow through anyway, picking up nuggets here and there. For regular Mass-goers, the last [...]

    14. Hands down- a book that every Catholic MUST read. Then Cardinal Ratzinger, now His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, goes through great lengths to explain that the liturgy is connected to time, and yet connected outside of time to the Divine. Through its connection to time, the liturgy is bound by history, yet is organically in development. I went to this book looking some opinions from our current Pope on how to bring liturgical renewal back into the church. He lays out the elements of the liturgy, t [...]

    15. So far I have learned from Benedict's Biblical interpretation of Scripture in faithfulness to the early Father's, why and how Jesus' life, death and resurrection restores man's relationship with God. Benedict's selection of key scripture verses and its interpretation, gave me a clear picture of the role Jesus played in Salvation History. At first, it was difficult reading. I had to reread the first couple of chapters to get used to the writing style and gain some foundation to build on the next [...]

    16. An informative, though sometimes-too-esoteric, treatment of the source, meaning, and purpose of the liturgy. The pontiff emeritus has a really big brain, and it shows as he moves smoothly from the historical to the mystical to the cultural aspects and influences of the form of worship as exercised in the Roman Catholic Church. He does give some shouts out to the Eastern Orthodox, and even shows his spirit of ecumenism with a Luther dig. If you want to understand why the spoken, performed, worn, [...]

    17. So much of this went over my head, I fear That said, I think I caught onto enough of the fantastic spiritual insights for it to make a difference in the way I experience and participate in the liturgy. My particular favorite sections were on the "cosmic" role of liturgy in history, space, and time; on art and music in relation to liturgy; and his brief overview of the physicality of participation in Mass and what gestures, postures, and even silence means.I hope to read it again someday with a b [...]

    18. Card. Ratzinger always makes good sense and presents his thoughts and arguments clearly. You don't have to be a theologian to understand him. Here, he speaks of the spirit of the traditional liturgy, and debates the trends that followed the liturgical renewal after the Second Vatican Council. This is a must read for all Catholics, that they may understand the difference between what the Council intended and what actually happened. There was, in many places, a disastrously large difference in vis [...]

    19. Excelente, otra vez. Lástima que no tengo tiempo de escribir un poco más de reseña. Tal vez después la amplio. Entendí un poco más porque dicen que Ratzinger es conservador. Tal vez sea un conservador litúrgico. Es muy interesante lo que plantea de todas formas. Sería lindo discutir un poco más sobre algunos aspectos. En particular: - La cuestión de la orientación de la misa y la centralidad de la cruz. - La cuestión del silencio durante la celebración. Y alguna otra cosa que ahora [...]

    20. What a wonderful book! Pope Benedict's book on the liturgy is a must-read really for any Catholic, and I would also recommend it to Protestants as well, or even non-Christians who want to understand just exactly what worship is about. It's even more of a must-read for priests and seminarians, who will have to lead the new liturgical movement called for by Ratzinger, and repair the damage done in the post-conciliar fallout.

    21. Gęsta i treściwa lektura. Uwaga, to nie jest kolejna książka z cyklu "o co chodzi w poszczególnych elementach mszy świętej". To traktat filozoficzny/teologiczny schodzący do poziomu refleksji nad samą istotą i sensem modlitwy, rytuału, relacji między Bogiem a człowiekiem. Książka w powszechnym odbiorze stanowi pean na cześć tradycyjnych form liturgicznych i - choć jest to częściowo prawda - jest to zarazem opinia bardzo spłycająca to dzieło.

    22. There are many things I never considered about Liturgy. The connection to the cosmic beginning and the old testament about a celebration that renews the most beautiful sacrifice made for all. Sadly not all will embrace it, but those of use who appreciate and taste the goodness of Liturgy, we'll have to keep praying for the others.

    23. Excellent book. Concise introduction to the spiritual meaning of the liturgy, especially as relates to larger philosophical categories like cosmos and history, matter and spirit. Not light reading, but aimed toward the non-liturgist. While His Holiness writes from a Catholic perspective (obviously), there is much insight to be gained regardless of one's tradition.

    24. The more I read of Pope Emeritus Benedict Ratzinger the more I love and appreciate him.I learned so much about the liturgy and I am a Catholic priest! I think the lay faithful would benefit as well. He writes so clearly with great wisdom, insights and understanding. It's helping me to pray the mass with even more reverence and awareness.I wanted more when it ended!

    25. This book was wonderful. I've taken several classes on liturgy and though I had a firm grasp of the mysteries, but there were chapters that really amazed me. The stuff about cosmology and the liturgy is facinating. I particularly enjoyed the chapter about history. This is a wonderful read if you want to learn to love liturgy more.

    26. Really great theology with a wonderful sense of the Sacred in every day life. Any of Ratzinger's books, if you take them slowly, will change the way you see life and religio (the way of spirituality).

    27. It took me a long time to get through this one; lots of information to process. Unlike Pope Benedict's other books, which tend to be meditative, this one is very instructional. A good study-book. (For me, a little too heavy, and a bit dry)

    28. Does not disappoint. Loved the background, analysis, and ultimate reverence for the sacred liturgy. Like many a book from this Pope Emeritus, I will have to re-read it to appreciate its full breadth.

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