Days of the Lordis an excellent guide to the riches of the Church's liturgy, and a welcome companion to the Sacramentary, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the Lectionary.
First published in Belgium, this outstanding seven volume series will enable all Christians to enter into the mystery of the liturgical year, to pray with understanding, to proclaim the beauty and wealth of the liturgy.
More than a thorough commentary on the readings, more even than a reflection on the liturgical seasons, this series comprehends the totality of the liturgical year-that vehicle developed by the Church to express, summarize, and present "the whole mystery of Christ," the mystery that we are called to profess and celebrate every day.
Since this mystery belongs to all Christians, the writers of this series have written their reflections with the average reader in mind. Yet the knowledge and insight that they bring to this work make it invaluable even to those who are themselves well versed students of the liturgical calendar. Readers will come away not only with a greater understanding of the liturgical year, its structure and meaning, but with a deepened appreciation of the prayer life the liturgical year provides through its structure.
What Pius Parsch's classic The Church's Year of Grace meant to pre-Vatican II Catholics, this splendid commentary in seven volumes will mean to Catholics today and for many years to come.
Here is an example of the finest scriptural and liturgical scholarship that European Benedictines can offer. Preachers who have a fondness for the history of the development of feasts and seasons will relish this work.
. . . a helpful guide to those preparing liturgies, homilies and classes in the months to come.
The Living Church
Week after week, the homilist might well reach first for this book. Here is a superabundance of in-depth commentary on each of the season's readings. Fresh insights into the readings for the day will likely give the homilist a new direction for his own thoughts and reflections."
. . . an excellent work and one which will certainly stand the test of time.
Doctrine and Life
It is an excellent contribution to the long tradition of liturgical commentaries.
This resource will not stand idle on the shelfowners will reach for it every week.
. . . an essential resource for liturgy planners . . .
Theological Book Review
. . . will touch readers in many ways as they learn to approach the mystery of Christ.
The Canadian Catholic Review
These books are highly recommended for parish libraries, for those who exercise the ministries of reading and preaching at the liturgy, pastoral liturgy teams and all who are involved with the preparation and celebration of the Eucharist.