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A graduate of Thomas Aquinas College (B.A. in Liberal Arts) and The Catholic University of America (M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy), Dr. Peter Kwasniewski is currently Professor at Wyoming Catholic College. He is also a published and performed composer, especially of sacred music.
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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis
published 4 December 2014 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

HERE IS AN AWFUL LOT of confusion out there today about the sacred liturgy—what the liturgy essentially is, why we celebrate it, whether it should be ancient or modern in its ethos, who is supposed to do what, when are we “actively participating” and how should we do, etc. It doesn’t help that the Catholic Church, for the first time in her 2,000 years of history, has two highly contrasting forms of the Roman Rite. It is not an easy situation to understand, let alone navigate, and one who wishes to find his or her bearings needs more than ever to seek out the truth in study, reflection, and prayer.

That is why I have published my new book:

target="_blank">Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis: Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass, and Renewal in the Church. This book tackles some of the most difficult liturgical issues of our time, with arguments that are clear and concisce, rooted in concrete experience and continually related back to fundamental principles of liturgy taken from Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. Further descriptions, endorsements, and preview pages are available at Amazon.com (click on the link above). I encourage you to check it out!

In this season of Advent, as we approach the great holy day of Christmas, I would like to thank all the readers of Views from the Choir Loft for their support, interest, and involvement, and most especially for all the good work they are doing for the Church around the world. Let us pray for one another, that we may all remain faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please visit THIS PAGE to learn more about Dr. Kwasniewski’s Sacred Choral Works and the audio CDs that contain recordings of the pieces.