Conflicting ways to arrange a church are operative in the Order of Mass and in chapter 5 of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The Order of Mass was composed with one in mind, but the liturgy is celebrated in churches built or renovated with the other arrangement in mind. Bringing both to a fruitful tension requires reclaiming the arrangement at the basis of the Order of Mass. This extensive study traces the history, arrangements and theology of the presidential chair as a way of understanding the whole arrangement of architecture for liturgy.
Fr Daniel Patrick McCarthy osb is a monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas. He is a lecturer on the sources of liturgical books and on the Latin language for the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Rome. There he also teaches Latin to translators of Latin liturgical texts for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at whose request he also served as an advisor to the Vox clara committee. With Dom James Leachman he is cofounder of the teaching and research Institutum Liturgicum, London, England, where he teaches the Latin language and liturgy; they serve as editors of the publication project Documenta rerum ecclesiasticarum instaurata. He is author or editor of numerous books and has published hundreds of articles. He serves as a guest professor of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and on the editorial board of Questions Liturgiques/Studies in Liturgy.
Saint Michael’s Abbey Press, 2021. Sewn hardcover, 1152 pp.