Sunday, October 23, 2005

A must read book

I would like to sincerely recommend to everyone to read this small booklet, Four Benefits of the Liturgy, by a Benedictine Monk of the Tridentine Abbey of Le Barroux in France. (It is available from the publisher, St. Austin's Press, or from for about $4.95 U.S.).

The message and expression of this book is profound and deeply moving. In this book, the author goes through how the liturgy recalls to us the transcendence of God, he speaks of the power of liturgical beauty and the interior formation we undergo through good liturgy.

I'd like to share a couple of quotes from the book with you:

"The beauty of the sacred rites enobles souls. It elevates them by exercising over them the sweet attraction of Heaven."

"It [the liturgy] opens to the small and the great alike the treasures of its magnificence: the beauty of psalmody, sacred chants and texts, candles, harmony of movement and dignity of bearing. With sovereign art the liturgy exercises a truly seductive influence on souls."

Read this book, you won't be disappointed.

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