Whose Mass Is It?: Why People Care So Much about the Catholic Liturgy

Whose Mass Is It?: Why People Care So Much about the Catholic Liturgy

by Paul Turner STD


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When changes happen to the Catholic Mass, opinions are strong and diverse. Everyone feels in some way that the Mass is theirs. It is. Or is it? Whose Mass is it? And what should people do to claim it?

Whether or not adult Catholics attend Mass regularly, they strongly bond with it. Within a single generation, English-speaking Catholics experienced the Second Vatican Council’s authorization for the first overhaul of the liturgy in four hundred years, and then, in 2011, they prepared for and implemented a revised vernacular translation. Each of these two events awakened strong feelings as people gradually became aware that someone else’s decision was going to affect the cornerstone of their spiritual life.

In Whose Mass Is It? Paul Turner examines the impact of the Mass, the connections it makes, and its purpose in the lives of believers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814648674
Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Pages: 134
Sales rank: 720,855
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Paul Turner is pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception  in Kansas City, Missouri and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome.He is a former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and a member of Societas Liturgica and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He serves as a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. His publications include One Love: A Pastoral Guide to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, Inseparable Love: A Commentary on The Order of Celebrating Matrimony in the Catholic Church, Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal, Let Us Pray: A Guide to the Rubrics of Sunday Mass, and Whose Mass Is It? Why People Care So Much about the Catholic Liturgy, all published by Liturgical Press. He is also a contributor to Give Us This Day.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 The Mass after the Second Vatican Council 1

2 The Arts 16

3 Variations 32

4 The Vatican's Authority 53

5 The 2011 Third Edition of the Roman Missal 68

6 Locus of Renewal: Participation 77

7 Whose Mass Is It? 99

Bibliography 104

Notes 109

Index 120

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