Fr. Peter C. Phan is a Vietnamese American and is the Warren-Blanding Professor of Religion and Culture in the department of religion and religious education at The Catholic University of America. He is the author and editor of several books and over a hundred essays on various aspects of Christian theology.
This text will make an ideal companion to the Directory itself and will be useful additions for graduate and seminary libraries. But diocesan offices for worship should also take note of this book. Professors of liturgy will want to place this on their syllabi, too. As a contribution to the post-conciliar renewal, these scholars have made a quantum leap toward a fuller appreciation of the primacy of liturgy and the supporting role of the Church's manifold devotions and practices.Catholic Books Review ...this is a very helpful resource for anyone who wants to explore the topics treated by the directory in more detail.Worship Religious educators, liturgists, pastors and parish leaders interested in the prayer and devotions of various cultures will find this commentary a helpful, thought provoking guide.Church Whether you use this resource to absorb the spirit of a particular ritual-such as practices around funerals-or to prepare an explanation of the liturgical year for the worship committee, you will find this book clear, concise and readable. While not a substitute for the document itself, it is a handy collection of commentaries that will add further substance to the liturgical and theological background required of today's pastoral musician.Pastoral Music