"In one inspiring volume, Father Turner reviews countless details which impact the art of celebration. Instead of engaging in liturgical debates, the author consistently shows a deep respect for the Order of Mass, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, and the beauty of the liturgical texts. He combines sound theology and liturgical history with logic, reason, humor and a generous helping of pastoral advice. This book should become mandatory reading in every seminary and a thoughtful "examen" every time one prepares to lead God’s people in the Church’s liturgy."
Rita A. Thiron, Executive Director, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions
"In addressing this important task of liturgical presiding, Father Paul Turner offers more than just a "how to do it" guide through the liturgy. Rather, he points to a foundational vision for the Ars Celebrandi—a way of thinking about it—with keen insight into the inner disposition necessary to celebrate the liturgy authentically and well. This foundational understanding then, is woven into a well-grounded hermeneutic of the rites as they are now given to us and undergirds the practical, concrete, and detailed recommendations that follow. This has long been needed and will be an important addition to the library of every liturgical minister."
Rev. R. Bruce Cinquegrani, D. Min., Pastor, St. Anne Catholic Church, Memphis, Tennessee
"Fr. Paul Turner explores the rubrics of the Mass and its unwritten elements to assist presiders to access, and lead the faithful into, the full richness of the liturgy they celebrate. Written with charity and clarity, Ars Celebrandi will give all who care about the Mass a deepened understanding of the "noble simplicity of the Roman rite."
Letitia Thornton, Director, Office of Worship, Diocese of Boise
"As a seminary professor who teaches candidates for the priesthood how to celebrate Mass, Father Paul Turner’s comprehensive guide is the course textbook I’ve been searching for, for years! He expertly presents the many theological, spiritual, pastoral, and rubrical considerations which, together, make up the priestly ars celebrandi. Throughout, the importance of celebrating the sacred mysteries with faithfulness, artistic sensitivity, and pastoral care is made with clarity and precision. Seminarians and seasoned presiders alike will benefit greatly from this thoughtful, detailed, and approachable study of the priestly ars celebrandi."
Father Matthew Ernest, STD, Director and Professor of Liturgy, Saint Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie); Director of the Office of Liturgy, Archdiocese of New York
"In Ars Celebrandi, Father Paul Turner reaches deep into the art of celebrating Mass. The Eucharist is the center of a priest's ministry, where he gathers members of his flock. In Ars Celebrandi, Father Turner offers a guide for priests in preparing and celebrating Mass. Artful presiding invokes knowledge, inspiration and grasps the Church's heritage and gives it personal expression. The book examines the styles of presiding and explores principles that will help the presider foster active participation of the faithful."
"An important contribution that directly contributes to the preparation, appreciation, and celebration of the Mass by those who are entrusted with this sacramental leadership. It offers the directions that are necessary but also provides the nuances that a good presider learns to appreciate and develop."
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