Friday, 28 November 2014

Romano Guardini’s advice for Catholics at Mass in 1936 could have been written today

Francis Phillips writes: ‘Gazing about, reaching for this and that’: the challenge of distraction, it seems, was just as strong at the EF as with the Novus Ordo
I have recently finished reading Romano Guardini’s Meditations Before Mass (Guardini was the priest and liturgist who was highly influential in the thinking of Benedict XVI). Produced by Ave Maria Press in their “Christian Classics” series, it is indeed a classic text; this is obvious to those like me who have no liturgical scholarship. Indeed, it was written in 1936 (and first published in English in 1956) to help ordinary lay Catholics to understand and thus “live” the Mass better. 
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