The T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy

Edited by Alcuin Reid, T&T Clark, £130

The T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy has been launched into the rather choppy waters of contemporary liturgical studies. It comprises 22 articles of generous length by an international assembly of scholars, and offers a comprehensive overview of current liturgical issues.

Reid’s introduction advocates reading the book with critical faculties engaged, and the volume is itself in many ways a critique of the liturgical status quo, quite apart from being a resource of liturgical information. It sits at the “reform of the reform” end of the spectrum, though it gives a largely positive view of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

The articles themselves are in five parts. The first, by David Fagerberg of Notre Dame University, is devoted to examining the nature of liturgical theology, distinguishing the theology of liturgy from the role liturgy itself plays as a primary source for theological reflection.

Part two focuses on the liturgy in history, covering the Jewish origins of the Christian liturgy and liturgical development from the early Church through the late medieval period and up to Trent, and then into the modern Liturgical Movement, with articles also on Gregorian chant and the Divine Office.

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