Title: Reform of the Roman Liturgy : Its Problems and Background
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Roman Catholic Books May 2007
1929291884 / 9781929291885
Seller ID: 91125
Christian liturgy is an encounter with the fixed-yet-ever-ascending Liturgy of Heaven. It is our stumbling approach to the summit of Resurrection, and the betrothal of time to eternity. Biblical descriptions of the heavenly presence of God are liturgical without exception, and even the theophanies or 'descendings' of God (Mt. Sinai or the burning bush) have liturgical elements: preparation, dialog, fear and purification --all culminating in true worship. The Roman liturgical crisis exposed by Gamber is a crisis of definition, and therefore of understanding. Vatican II intended renewal, but the result has been confusion as to the purpose and meaning of liturgy. Gamber writes, 'Deep in the heart of every person there is a longing for home.' Home is one of the words he uses to sum up the whole being of the Liturgy. With fatherly concern, he says, 'The reformers of our Liturgy have failed to consider adequately and address the issue of how the traditional forms of liturgical worship, even if they were not entirely satisfactory, nevertheless inspired among the faithful a sense of belonging, of feeling at home.' Gamber writes as a scholar, but he does not treat the Church as a scholastic object. For him, the Church is Mother of the faithful, leading her children in the Mass to echo the angels and imitate the saints. A change in her liturgy results in the alienation of her children, potentially a loss of their faith. Gamber, as a 'true witness' of Catholic culture, desired that any change in liturgical form be guided by our understanding of Liturgy in its cosmic dimension, that we are created for life in Christ from whom flows the great Liturgy of joy at the throne of God. 243 pp.