A classic theological text rediscovered and brought back into print, Pastoral Liturgy is an important contribution to the field of liturgical studies and a prophetic vision of the Church’s future.
In 1960, soon after Pope John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council, Jesuit priest and scholar Joseph Jungmann followed up his The Mass of the Roman Rite with another great theological work titled Pastoral Liturgy. In many ways a companion to The Mass of the Roman Rite, Pastoral Liturgy chronicles the history and evolution of the people’s participation in the Liturgy and in the prayers and devotions common at the dawn of the council. Pastoral Liturgy is prophetic as well as academic. Its essays about the place of the Church in the modern world are as relevant as ever and Jungmann’s work in many ways anticipates what George Weigel and others have called “Evangelical Catholicism”—the attempt to proclaim the good news in word and sacrament while recognizing the challenges presented by the modern secular world.
In the current situation where so much nostalgia and amnesia reign in many parts of the Church, these reprinted essays of a master historian, theologian, and pastoral strategist are a welcome contribution to the conversation.
—John Baldovin, S.J., Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology, Boston College
It is almost impossible to overestimate the impact that Jungmann and his work have had on the liturgical reforms which flowed from the work of the Second Vatican Council, both in preparing the way for these reforms as well as in implementing the directives of the Council’s documents.
—Joanne Pierce, Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross
Joseph Jungmann’s Pastoral Liturgy, in some ways a companion to his Mass of the Roman Rite, is a volume that needed to be reissued. Not only does it contain the absolutely essential essay on the development of Christology and Trinitarian theology in relationship to the developing cult of the saints, “The Defeat of Teutonic Arianism and the Revolution in Religious Culture in the Early Middle Ages,” but also several other key essays on the Divine Office and the Liturgical Year, which are available nowhere else, are included.
—Max Johnson, Professor of Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame
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Joseph A. Jungmann, S.J. (1889–1975), an Austrian Roman Catholic priest and scholar, was ordained to the priesthood in 1913 and entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) four years later. He spent most of his career as professor of pastoral theology at the University of Innsbruck, where he taught both catechetics and liturgy. With the exception of the years during which Hitler closed down the theological faculty (1939–1945), Jungmann’s entire teaching career was spent at Innsbruck, where for a time he also served as Rector of the community of Jesuits.