The Second Vatican Council changed the practice of liturgy. Conciliar developments, however, did not emerge in a vacuum; they were the result of years of hard work that involved thousands of people across the United States and the world.
As a social history of the liturgical movement, The Unread Vision introduces readers to the movement's pioneers and promoters and to the issues that emerged from the movement in the U.S. in the years 1926-1955. The Unread Vision explores the foundational years of the movement and its major themes and discusses how the movement, its goals and principles, was received by the broader community of American Catholics.
Chapters include "The European Roots: 1833-1925," "The Beginnings of a Movement: Toward Full and Active Participation in the Liturgy," "The Liturgical Movement and Social Justice," "The Liturgical Movement and Education," and "The Liturgical Movement and the Arts." Biographies on leading figures of the liturgical movement, as well as histories of related organizations, are also included.
Keith F. Pecklers, SJ, is professor of liturgical theology and history at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome, Italy. He is also the author of "Liturgy from Trent to Vatican II" included in the Handbook of Liturgical Studies published by The Liturgical Press.
This history of the early stages of the liturgical movement and the associated issues will be of interest not only to liturgy students and historians interested in the past but all concerned about the possible future of the liturgy in the United States. It has much to tell us about the interrelatedness of liturgy and social justice.
Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
It is simply the best overall work on the U.S. Liturgical Movement available today. May the vision so eloquently described in its pages cease being unread.
Mark R. Francis, CSV, Associate Professor of Liturgy, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago
Without doubt, Pecklers has written the best and most comprehensive history of the liturgical movement in the United States. He analyzes in depth its European roots and shows how those roots expanded in American soil. The Unread Vision is a remarkable achievement and a fine contribution to the history of the Church in the United States in this century.
Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, OSB
Most notableand invaluableis Pecklers' approach to the essential link between renewal of participatory celebration of Christian worship and the other movements in the Church during the period 1926-1955. The obvious ones were the related biblical, catechetical, and ecumenical enterprises, but The Unread Vision analyzes and chronicles the close developments in education, the arts, and above all the social movements in the church community of the three decades.
Frederick R. McManus
Keith Pecklers is an emerging leader of a new generation of liturgical scholars who brings both theological and historical wisdom to bear on a movement that began long before Vatican II and, indeed, prepared the way for the council. His book is at once thoroughly documented and clearly written. It is an especially valuable resource for understanding the longstanding and pastorally crucial connection between liturgy and social justice.
Richard P. McBrien, Crowley-O'Brien-Walter Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
[Pecklers'] contention that the principles and goals of the pioneers remain valid and relevant is clearly demonstrated in this work; his suggestion that the liturgical movement needs re-founding today is undeniable. The Unread Vision will certainly assist us in such efforts.
Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ
This valuable book is the first [volume] to treat the movement [in the U.S.A.] synthetically' (cover copy). . . . As a whole this book is an informative and successful description of the Liturgical Movement in the U.S.A. and an enrichment to scholarship on this epoch as a whole. We agree with the author that genuine liturgical practice demands an expansion into Christian action; however, it seems to this reviewer that this aspect is emphasized a little too much. Nevertheless, even for European liturgiology of this epoch this will in future be a basic resource.
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