Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Company, 1946. Tall octavo (9 1/2 inches tall), original gilt green cloth. Gilt bright, corners sharp, very small religious signature (dated January 1947) on blank flyleaf, four library inkstamps to front and back endpapers, else a crisp copy. Item #811
FROM THE LITURGICAL MOVEMENT "TO THE CATHOLIC COLLEGIANS OF AMERICA" Early edition, revised and enlarged, of this popular guide to a formative religious education for young adults—illustrated by Ade Bethune. First published in the 1930s, Christian Life and Worship was aimed at the growing number of Catholic students in post-war American universities and colleges. This 1946 printing bears a lengthy Dedication: "To the Catholic Collegians of America/ Men and Women/ of Ideals, and Ardor, and Training/ for Leadership/ into Whose Hands the Cause of Christ/ in America Passes/ this Book is Affectionately/ Dedicated."
Fr. Husslein's Preface by the General Editor (dated "Feast of St. Ignatius, 1933/St. Louis, Missouri") places the genesis of this work in the aims of the Liturgical Movement advocated by the author: "Father Gerald Ellard was not responsible for the growth of the liturgical apostolate in the United States. But [he] was blest by God in his early grasp of the full import of the apostolate, of the true meaning of the liturgy, of the depth and riches of its scripturally-based spirituality. He was blest with qualities of scholarship and a great capacity to bring the fruits of scholarship to the ordinary person, without the time lag usually found between work in the halls of scholarship and its effect on the man in the street" (Fr. Thomas J. Carroll, Worship magazine, May 1963).
With the original Author's Foreword (dated, "The Presentation of Our Lady, 1933/St. Mary's College, St. Mary's Kansas") and a Preface to the Revised Edition (dated, "St. Mary's Kansas/The Manifestation (Epiphany)/of Our Lord, January 6, 1940") and generously illustrated by Ade Bethune, with a frontispiece (captioned, "I am the Vine: you are the Branches") and many iconic, full-page illustrations (some double-page). With half-title designating the book as part of the publisher's Religion and Culture Series ("Joseph Husslein, S.J., Ph.D, General Editor"). Approbations, dated November, 1939.