Saturday, May 13, 2006

The Mass: The Presence of the Sacrifice of the Cross

Readers of the NLM might be interested in this translation into English of Cardinal Journet's book, The Mass: The Presence of the Sacrifice of the Cross which is being published by St. Augustine's Press and which has been translated by Fr. Victor Szuzurek, O. Praem -- a reader here of the NLM.

The book is due to be in print for June 2006.

From the publisher:

Charles Journet, the great Swiss theologian and cardinal of the Church, first wrote this work on the Mass over forty years ago; yet his ever-ancient-ever-new insights into the sacrificial nature of the Mass are most needed today, when this aspect of the sacrament is so often misunderstood or neglected.

The Mass is the “unbloody presence of the one unique bloody sacrifice of the Cross.” This is the fundamental principle upon which Journet develops his theology of the Mass. Guided by the teachings of the Fathers, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Magisterium of the Church, and supported by his own rich spiritual life, Journet plumbs the depths of this unfathomable Mystery and presents It to the reader with a clarity rarely equaled.

Journet also presents a historical survey of explanations of the Mass – both orthodox and heterodox – and against this backdrop he brings out in bold relief the identity of the sacrifice of Calvary with that of the altar. Such an identity, Journet notes, is perfectly expressed in the Church’s own liturgical prayer: “As often as the memorial of this Victim is celebrated, the work of our redemption is wrought.”

This classic in sacramental theology is now made available to English readers for the first time ever. Journet’s original format – with its many subsections – has been retained for easy reading. Also included is a wealth of footnotes for the scholar. This English edition includes a Preface by Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego.

The translator, Fr. Victor Szczurek, is a Norbertine priest from St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, California. He is presently on the faculty of St. Michael’s Abbey Seminary and is the Dean of Students of St. Michael’s Preparatory School. He recently also published an English translation of Journet’s Theology of the Church.

More recent articles:

For more articles, see the NLM archives: