Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1976. First edition. Octavo (9 1/2 inches tall), original black cloth, original dust jacket. Book fine, ink owner signature to half title, closed tear and crease to upper corner of front panel, modest wear to spine ends of bright, clean, unclipped dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #673
"THE EUCHARIST IS THE CENTER OF CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITY" First edition in English of Joseph Jungmann's last book, published by the Liturgical Press after the Austrian Jesuit's death in early 1975. The Mass reflects Father Jungmann's long commitment to the renewal of the ancient liturgy of the primitive Church. "It will be a long time before any individual comes along who can match Father Jungmann in his roles as priest, theologian, teacher, scholar, and especially liturgist. He performed them all in a distinguished manner, and for that reason his writings will influence the contemporary Liturgical Movement for years to come" (Mary Ellen Evans). The Liturgical Movement strove for greater lay participation in worship, a goal reflected in Pope Pius XII's In Mediator Dei (1947) and realized later in the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. The text is preceded by a passage from the council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: "It is through the liturgy, especially the divine Eucharistic Sacrifice, that the work of our redemption is exercised." The book is composed of four sections: Part One, Historical Survey. Part Two, The Theology of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Part Three, The Liturgical Form. Part Four, The Spiritual and Pastoral Aspects of the Mass. Translated by Jungmann's student, Julian Fernandes, S.J., and edited by Mary Ellen Evans, with her Editor's Foreword (dated, "Feast of the Epiphany, 1976"). Dust jacket designed by Clemens Schmidt. Approbations.