The Divine Liturgy: Insights Into Its Mystery
Publisher: Angelico Press
Publication Date: February 18, 2008
Jean Hani (1917-2012), former professor emeritus at the University of Amiens, was the founder of the Centre de Recherche sur l'Antiquité Classique and a frequent contributor to the journal Connaissance des Religions. After writing his PhD thesis on the influence of Egyptian thought upon Plutarch, he produced annotated translations of the latter's writings for the well-known Collection Budé. Later he became known for his mastery of traditional hermeneutics and exegesis, and his broad knowledge in the field of comparative religion. Hani's writing is sensitive to the predicament of those moderns who seek a firm foundation in traditional Christian values, while striving also to integrate into that foundation whatever of value can be salvaged from the contemporary world. His findings were presented in four important works now available from Angelico Press in translation: the present volume, along with Divine Craftsmanship (Preliminaries to a Spirituality of Work), The Symbolism of the Christian Temple, and The Black Virgin (A Marian Mystery).
An excellent look at the Mass and the beautiful symbolism that saturates the rite. Hani uses his background as a scholar of religion to illustrate the universal truths present in the traditional rite. He avoids many of the pit falls of certain "traditionalists," and illustrates the beauty inherent in the rite by calling us back to the mystery that saturates our worship.