Liturgy and Liturgical Formation by Romano Guardini, translated by Jan Bentz. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2022. 160 pp. ISBN: 978-1-61671-677-6. $22 Paperback.
In 1923, Romano Guardini’s Liturgische Bildung was published in German and later in Italian. For the first time, this overlooked but foundational resource is available in English. In Liturgy and Liturgical Formation, Guardini presents the specific task of the liturgy, and by extension, the ways in which the liturgy forms us to respond to sacramental signs and to understand our place in the community.
Pope Francis drew upon Guardini’s insights from Liturgy and Liturgical Formation in his recent apostolic letter, Desiderio Desideravi, highlighting how, as Guardini wrote, the liturgy forms us “to relate religiously as fully human beings.”
Guardini’s efforts to shine a light on liturgical formation continue to this day. The ongoing formation and education of the assembly is essential, and Liturgy and Liturgical Formation provides a lens through which this formation can be realized. Despite the changing times, Guardini’s insights continue to have value for how liturgical formation can enrich our celebration and participation in the liturgy.
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Be sure to read translator Jan Bentz’s review of Gaurdini’s book in the September issue: Liturgy of the Body—New Translation of Romano Guardini Book Explains Why Prayer Is a Wholly Human Affair.