From Altar-Throne to Table

From Altar-Throne to Table The Campaign for Frequent Holy Communion in the Catholic Church - ATLA Monograph Series

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From Altar-Throne to Table: The Campaign for Frequent Holy Communion in the Catholic Church investigates what the celebrated scholar of liturgy Robert A. Taft, SJ, calls the greatest and most successful liturgical reform in Catholic history. Only a century ago, faithful, practicing Catholics received Holy Communion only once a year; now, among American English-speaking Catholics, Holy Communion is a routine, weekly devotional practice. This book explains how and why this ritual sea-change happened. This book emphasizes that significant ritual change may occur while liturgical texts remain the same, and it also proposes a method for understanding the causes for such a ritual change. It admonishes not to project current ritual practice into even our recent past. Further, it implies an explanation for the massive decline in Catholics' use of the sacrament of reconciliation.

Book information

ISBN: 9780810871649
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Imprint: The Scarecrow Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 264.02036
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 225
Weight: 542g
Height: 160mm
Width: 236mm
Spine width: 19mm