Catholic Liturgy: Its Fundamental Principles

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By Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, O.S.B. (1880-1966), internationally popular author of St. Andrew Missal, this book—originally entitled Liturgia — is his masterpiece. Let anyone desiring to be fully convinced that a return to the liturgy is the most efficacious means of “restoring all things in Christ”. Softcover. 276 pages.

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Catholic Liturgy: Its Fundamental Principles by Dom Gaspar Lefebvre, O.S.B. (1880-1966) — perhaps the preeminent representative of the authentic Liturgical Movement. While better known for his  internationally popular Saint Andrew Missal, this book—originally entitled Liturgia — is his masterpiece. Enlarged reprint of 1954 edition.

The significance of this 1954 work, is explained in his Preface:

Let anyone desiring to be fully convinced [that a return to the liturgy as “a most efficacious means of ‘restoring all things in Christ’”] …read the pages of Liturgia.

They have been written to explain the principles—too often unknown or misunderstood—which must guide the liturgical apostolate. In them we have endeavoured to show in how many ways the liturgy is the “primary and indispensable source of the true Christian spirit.”

Here are the contents of this magnificent work:

  • Biography of the Author
  • Introduction by Fr. Thomas Kocik
  • Foreword by Reprinter
  • Letter of Mgr. Van Caloen
  • Preface (of Author)
  • The Church Adores God by Her Liturgy
  • The Blessed Trinity
  • To the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Ghost
  • Through the Church to God
  • The Diocesan and Parochial Spirit
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
  • Holy Communion
  • The Sacraments
  • The Sacramentals
  • The Divine Office
  • Christ in the Liturgy
  • Mary in the Liturgy
  • Angels in the Liturgy
  • Saints in the Liturgy
  • Mental Prayer and the Liturgy
  • Liturgical Catechism
  • Sacred Music and the Latin Language
  • Liturgy and Sociology
  • The Missal
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices

I. Liturgy and Catholic Action
II. Sermon Topics for Sundays
III. Select Biographies of Cited Authors
IV. Select Bibliography of Cited Works

Completely re-typeset and reformatted for easier reading, each chapter features the lithograph headers and footers drawn by the famed Belgian illustrator, Rene De Cramer, that were included in the original 1924 English edition.

This enlarged reprint edition also includes several unique additions, such as:

  • Biography and photograph of Dom Gaspar Lefebvre
  • Introduction by Fr. Thomas Kocik
  • Reprinter’s Foreword
  • Photographs of certain individuals mentioned in the book
  • 2 Appendices (Select Biographies of Cited Authors and Select Bibliography of Cited Works)
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