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This significant quantity is a suite of the writings of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) at the theology of the Liturgy of the Church, a topic of preeminence to him as a theologian, professor and religious author. It brings jointly all his writings at the topic, brief and lengthy, giving his perspectives on liturgical concerns and questions over decades and from quite a few perspectives.
He selected to have his writings at the Liturgy for the 1st quantity released of his amassed works (though indexed as vol. eleven) simply because, as he says within the creation: "The liturgy of the Church has been for me in view that my formative years the crucial fact of my lifestyles, and it turned the heart of my theological efforts. I selected basic theology as my box simply because i wished before everything to ascertain completely the query: Why can we think? but in addition incorporated from the start during this query used to be the opposite query of the best reaction to God and, therefore, the query of the liturgy."
By beginning with the subject of liturgy during this quantity, Ratzinger desires to spotlight God's primacy, absolutely the priority of the topic of God. starting with a spotlight at the liturgy, he acknowledged, tells us that "God is first". He costs from the guideline of St. Benedict, "Nothing is to be hottest to the liturgy", as a manner of ordering priorities for the lifetime of the Church and of each person. He says that the basic query of the fellow who starts to appreciate himself thoroughly is: How needs to I stumble upon God? hence studying the perfect method of worshipping is the reward par excellence that's given to us via the faith.
The crucial goal of his writings at the liturgy is to put the liturgy in its better context, which he provides in 3 concentric circles. First, the intrinsic interrelationship of previous and New testomony; with no the relationship to the outdated testomony background, the Christian liturgy is meaningless. the second one circle is the connection to the religions of the area. The 3rd circle is the cosmic personality of the liturgy, that's greater than the arriving jointly of a circle of individuals: the liturgy is well known within the expanse of the cosmos, encompassing construction and background on the similar time.