Review: Vatican Council II: Reforming Liturgy

Vatican Council II: Reforming Liturgy by Carmel Pilcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Commissioned to mark the 50th Anniversary of the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, this book of short papers takes a look at various dimensions of the liturgical (and church) reform that was initiated by this first document of Vatican II.

There is much to commend this book to the reader, and many insights and understandings to be glean from the range of papers by some of the leading lights in liturgy, liturgical theology and associated disciplines. That many of the authors – though not all – are Australian provides a wonderful balance to the usual northern hemisphere hegemony on these issues.

While dealing with areas of understanding that can at times be difficult to grasp, the papers in this collection are generally easily accessible, and would be highly recommended to any student of liturgy…or the life of the Church in the post-Conciliar period.

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