Liturgy & Sacraments

Selected Bibliography

This annotated bibliography is offered as a list of resources that may be of interest. The inclusion of a book on this list does not necessarily imply that I know it or endorse it. Call numbers listed are those of the University of Dallas Library. If your library does not have a book you want, try to obtain it through inter-library loan. For out-of-print titles (abbreviated opt), try Loome Theological Booksellers (612-430-1092), Preserving Christian Publications (315-942-6338), or Many patristic writings and church documents can be viewed or downloaded free from a variety of web sites including

Roman Liturgical Texts, Instructions, and Commentaries Thereupon

Book of Blessings. ICEL translation of De Benedictionibus. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1989. Paperback edition of all the liturgical blessings of the Church for people, places, and objects (sacramentals). Contains official texts, commentary, and suggestions for celebration, 832pp. Available also from USCC & clothbound from Catholic Book Publishing Co. A smaller, shorter edition is available from the Catholic Book Publishing Company and is entitled Shorter Book of Blessings (576pp.!). It contains only the blessings done outside of Mass, so is ideal for Christian lay people to have at home. To compare with blessings of the Roman Ritual prior to 1962, see Practical Handbook of Rites: Blessings and Prayers, ed. Msgr. Richard T. Doherty (St. Paul: North Central Publishing Co, 1961) BQT 4273 P7 and BQT 4460 C2

Bouley, Allan, ed. Catholic Rites Today. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992. 1 volume abridged version of the texts for the most important celebrations Roman Rite including the Eucharist and all the sacraments. No commentary but General Instruction of the Roman Missal & other introductions included. Affordably priced.

Bouyer, Louis. The Liturgy Revived: A Doctrinal Commentary on the Conciliar Constitution on the Liturgy. Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1964. BX 830 A45 C62 1945. 107 pp. opt.

Canon Law Society of America. The Code of Canon Law: Text and Commentary. Ed. by James A. Coriden et al. NY: Paulist, 1985. Book IV is on sacraments & liturgy. Braniff Reference KBG .C62 1985.

Catechism of the Catholic Church. Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Boston Pauline, 1994. Part Two, "The Celebration of the Christian Mystery," is on liturgy & sacraments. BXJ 959.3.E5 C38.

Flannery, Austin, ed. Vatican Council II: Conciliar and Post- Conciliar Documents. The Vatican Collection, vol. 1. Revised ed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1992. Besides Sacrosanctum Concilium, this volume contains a number of post-conciliar documents on the revision of all the liturgical rites of the Western Church as mandated by the Council including the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

Flannery, Austin, ed. Vatican Council II: More Post-Conciliar Documents. The Vatican Collection, vol. 2. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1982. Contains post-conciliar documents on the new rites of Penance, Baptism, and the Anointing of the Sick as well as on the worship of the Eucharist. Blakely Reference BQX1134.F6.


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