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(14 issues) $39.95 (US)
Have you ever wished
for a resource that would help you participate more fully in the prayer of
the Church? The French originaters of this personal prayerbook-cum-missal in
periodical form are to be congratulated for extending this excellent
spiritual resource to English-speaking Catholics in North America.
and printed, Magnificat's greatest contribution may be that it
provides, in abbreviated form, the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office), as
well as the texts of the Order of Mass and Scripture readings for Sundays
Unlike the more
complete forms of the Liturgy of the Hours, which many laymen find daunting,
Magnificat provides clear and easy to follow versions of Morning and
Night Prayer. It will, we think, will inspire many more Catholics to
participate in this prayer of the Church, as the Second Vatican Council
intended. It might also be used as a daily and Sunday missalette.
for Sundays are from the new Lectionary for Mass. The Psalms are from the
1963 Grail translation, the version used in both Christian Prayer and Daily
Prayer (the one-volume versions of the Divine Office used in the United
States and Great Britain, respectively). Mass texts include the Gloria,
Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei in both English and in
Latin, and the Kyrie in both English and Greek.
In addition to prayer
and Mass texts, Magnificat contains meditations suitable for the day,
a Liturgical Calendar, and short essays relating to the season of the Church
Year. It also includes the texts of classic hymns for the liturgical season.
(The editors are mindful of the problems of "inclusivized" hymn texts, and
are committed to using standard English.)
The meditations and
essays represent a spectrum of the Catholic heritage -- Leo the Great, Pope
John Paul II, Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Ratzinger, Hans Urs Von Balthasar,
Catherine of Siena, Edith Stein, Flannery O'Connor and Peter Kreeft, among
The American edition
is edited by Dominican Fathers Peter John Cameron, and Romanus Cessario.
Father Cameron teaches at the New York archdiocesan seminary, Saint
Joseph's, Dunwoodie, and Father Cessario at the Boston archdiocesan Saint
The impressive early
circulation numbers (33,000 after only 3 months) is an indication of the
real need for such a resource, and the desire of Catholics for a reliable
aid for prayer and worship.
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