Review: Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal

Glory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman MissalGlory in the Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal by Turner Paul
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As we approach the celebration of Easter those of us who will face presiding our first celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum using the third edition of the Roman Missal – the one with the new translation that has been so oft spoken of – will be having to go back to basics. The third edition contains some significant changes, not only in the texts but also in the rubrics. While the Holy Week and Easter Triduum liturgies were complicated enough in the second edition of the Missal – if only because they were once a year events – changing both text and rubrics for the third edition bring a whole new level of complexity. Presiders and liturgy teams will need to pay close attention to the new requirements rather than simply relying on “what’s always been done”.

But have no fear! Help is at hand…

Glory In The Cross: Holy Week in the Third Edition of The Roman Missal by Paul Turner is a paragraph by paragraph commentary on the Holy Week liturgies contained in the new edition of the Missal designed specifically to assist presiders, liturgy teams, musicians and others – along with the Assembly – enter more deeply into the mysteries that are celebrated each year in the various liturgies of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. The author is well placed to write such a commentary, serving, as he does, as both a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy and as pastor (parish priest) in Missouri. Combining both academic study and insight and pastoral sense makes Turner’s contribution to the celebration of Holy Week more than reputable, and a highly recommended addition to the resources available in a parish.

To quote the blurb:

The principal liturgies of Holy Week underwent a series of revisions between 1951 and 2011. In this book, noted liturgist Paul Turner charts the rubrics and prayers of the current rites paragraph by paragraph, explaining the historical development of individual components, how and why the post-Vatican II liturgical reform made its revisions, and where The Roman Missal, Third Edition has added nuances.

I would highly recommend this book to all who have an interest in the liturgies of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.

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