Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Unread Vision. the Liturgical Movement in the United States of America: 1926-1955

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

The Unread Vision. the Liturgical Movement in the United States of America: 1926-1955

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The Unread Vision. The Liturgical Movement in the United States of America: 1926-1955. By Keith E Pecklers, SJ. (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press. 1998. Pp. xvii, 333. $24.95 paperback.)

Professor Keith Pecklers of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Sant'Anselmo in Rome has written an excellent survey of the liturgical movement in the United States from 1926 to 1955. This book examines the major ideas and the leadership of the movement.

At times, I found the footnotes to be as interesting as the main text. Professor Pecklers often presents key passages from the writings of our liturgical pioneers, from official documents, and from personal interviews with actual pioneers and their associates. There are a very comprehensive twenty-six-- page bibliography and two useful indexes: a subject index and an index of names.

Like many comprehensive surveys, this book can exhaust its readers with details. In the interest of documenting the nationwide contributions of liturgical leaders, there are occasionally a greater number of examples of a particular notion or practice than the reader may care to know.

Despite the valiant efforts to make the rationale behind the liturgical movement clear to both clergy and laity alike, there was and still is a great gap between popular understanding of the liturgy and the actual intent of the renewal itself. This book will definitely help fill this gap. It is a superb introduction to the goals of the movement, especially for those unfamiliar with it.

I found the division of chapters to make eminent good sense. Chapter 1 begins with the European roots of the movement from 1833 to 1925. It highlights the pioneering efforts of European leaders, especially in Germany, France, and Belgium. …

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