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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Klaus D. Grimm Translator. The Reform of the Roman Liturgy Msgr. Klaus Gamber. We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over centuries, and replaced it—as in a manufacturing process—with a fabrication, a banal on-the-spot product.
Gamber, with the vigilance of a true prophet and the courage of a true witness, opposed this falsification, and, thanks to his incredibly rich knowledge, indefatigably taught us about the living fullness of a true liturgy. Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 19, Conor rated it really liked it. This is a very important work on the liturgy. Klaus Gamber was a German liturgist.
He wrote trenchant books and essays concerning the post-Vatican II reform of the liturgy. At times, this book has the feel of a polemic. Partly this is because it was written so soon after the jolting reforms of the liturgy. Those parts of the book written later seem a bit less polemical.
Gamber makes a strong case that these reforms to the liturgy were a rupture, not a development. Amazingly, in a chapter e This is a very important work on the liturgy. Gamber stops short of saying this, but he comes very close. Perhaps, even more surprising, then-Cardinal Ratzinger wrote the foreword to the French edition.
This should tell us much about Pope Benedict's understanding of the liturgy. The most compelling point in this book is its argument that the reform of the Roman Rite post-Vatican II represents a significant rupture rather than development in the liturgy.
Gamber's case seems unimpeachable here. These reforms taken as a whole cannot be seen as a development of the Sacred Liturgy, but rather a departure, both from the Liturgy's traditional form and from the types of liturgical development that had come before.
Liturgical reform previously had been organic. Changes had been small, incremental. The most significant point here is Gamber's argument concerning the change in the priest's posture in the new rite from the priest and people facing the same direction to the priest facing the people from behind the altar versus populum. Gamber shows that there is absolutely no precedent for this in the Tradition.
Even in those Roman basilicas where the priest stood behind the altar, this was done to face the East the ad orientem posture. When the priest faced the East, so did those attending Mass i. Thus, the priest and people were not facing each other, but turning to face the East the rising sun and from whence the Son would come in common.
This is a point that Gamber hammers throughout the book. After reading this book, I think it is all the more imperative to restore the ad orientem posture of the priest to the Mass. This is all the more important when one thinks of the Eastern Churches that to this day continue this orientation and with whom reunion is the most likely for the Roman Church.
Mar 07, Fr. Mark rated it it was amazing. It's not an enjoyable book, in the sense that you feel good afterwards. It is, however, a necessary book to understand why the mass appears to be 'missing something' or shallow in many places. Klaus Gamber was one of the few theologians critical of the implementation not content of Vatican II's reform of the liturgy, while still remaining faithfully within the Church.
He was Pope Benedict XVI's favorite liturgical theologian--and I would say he is necessary reading for anyone wanting to know t It's not an enjoyable book, in the sense that you feel good afterwards.
He was Pope Benedict XVI's favorite liturgical theologian--and I would say he is necessary reading for anyone wanting to know the roadmap to authentic renewal in the future. He shows, without ideological bias, a rarity these days how poor scholarship led to many ill-advised changes that have hurt the faithful. Although he has gone home to his reward, his work began a movement of authentic renewal that anchors us to solid hope over vapid sentimentality in worship.
This book contains two treatises by Msgr. Klaus Gamber, an expert in Eastern and Western liturgy who died in There is some overlap of text between the two treatises.
He argues that the new Mass, because of the alteration of the Roman Canon, the addition of new Eucharistic prayers, a new calendar of liturgical feasts, a new lectionary, among other things, is not the Roman Rite Mass. A significant This book contains two treatises by Msgr. A significant portion of the book is dedicated to debunking the historical and theological authenticity of the versus populum stance, which Gamber traces back to Luther noting that not even Luther seems to have actually taken up the practice.
Gamber draws together evidence from Eastern liturgical practice, historical texts, and historical art and architecture to make a convincing argument that the new Mass and many of the elements surrounding it are in rupture with the Roman Rite and an inauthentic implementation of Vatican II's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
He offers a few suggestions as to how the Roman Rite Mass might have authentically been reformed in accord with the Consitution. Among these are readings in the vernacular, additional optional readings added to the traditional order of readings, and adding the prayer of the faithful.
Dec 23, Louis R rated it really liked it. Written during a horribly tumultuous and iconoclastic era for Roman liturgy, Gamber's reflections often hint at his own sense of urgency as he witnessed the Roman Liturgy literally disintegrated during the s and s into forms of sentimental niceties and humanistic self-congratulation.
Although clearly written for a lay audience, Gamber's insights are approachable and insightful, especially about Eastern facing altars in Roman Basilicas and some of his insights regarding early Church orient Written during a horribly tumultuous and iconoclastic era for Roman liturgy, Gamber's reflections often hint at his own sense of urgency as he witnessed the Roman Liturgy literally disintegrated during the s and s into forms of sentimental niceties and humanistic self-congratulation.
Although clearly written for a lay audience, Gamber's insights are approachable and insightful, especially about Eastern facing altars in Roman Basilicas and some of his insights regarding early Church orientation. On this latter point, I found Gamber immensely helpful to correct erroneous notions supposed by eager reform-minded liturgists from the last century regarding early liturgical worship and its orientation.
Though replete with sources both Patristic and modern, I was hoping for more footnotes to even more strengthen his argument, like Jungmann. But Gamber's book is most definitely worth the read for scholar and lay person alike to inform a true spirit of Liturgy: most especially to help orient oneself and the Church more directly towards the Lord during prayer and worship. Jako jako dobro.
Nakon ovog djela stvari postaju jasne. It sent shock waves throughout Europe when it first appeared there 16 years ago, and its appearance here during the pontificate of Benedict XVI—who as Cardinal Ratzinger provocatively endorsed it with a pointed preface to the French edition—promises to be no less eventful. Great Book. More significant today than when it was published. Very interesting. Well researched and well written.
And who should have written on the back cover but a cardinal called Ratzinger. CJP rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Douglas Kauffman rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Brian Donohue rated it really liked it Jul 31, Brandon rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Timothy rated it it was amazing Jul 13, Paul Millington rated it it was amazing Mar 10, Terry Brown rated it it was amazing Dec 14, Thatcher rated it it was amazing Feb 22, Bethany Muczynska rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Greg Weissler rated it it was amazing Jan 03,
Gamber the Centrist
Pro captu lectoris, habent sua fata libelli. Ever since Terentianus Maurus recorded this sententia in late antiquity, it has applied as well to authors, whose fate, like that of their writings, depends upon the capacity of their readers. Klaus Gamber's book bears this out, for it has been received in widely differing ways. Some found the work not only stimulating and worthy of reflection, but moving and prayerful, indeed an "amazing book" of "enormous significance," perhaps "the most important book written in the last 15 years regarding the call for the reform of the Novus Ordo liturgy and the reinstatement of the Tridentine Mass. Others, though, are less enthusiastic, and in fact have serious reservations, judging that the inconsistencies and criticisms contained in "what comes off like an incessant barrage of rantings, often confused and confusing" are, at least in the long run, neither healthy nor helpful, since Part I of the book at least is "an unrelenting attack on the liturgical reforms not only following Vatican II but also leading up to it, starting with those of Pope St.
Reform Of The Roman Liturgy: Its Problems And Background