The Guéranger Blog

Welcome to the Gueranger Blog! You have stumbled across the notebook I use to record my thoughts as I read through Dom Prosper Gueranger's 15-volume set, The Liturgical Year. I do not have any special expertise in liturgy, but I have some general knowledge of Catholic theology and an enthusiasm for Gueranger's magnum opus. Think of it as the Liturgical Year fan site!

Posts: Dom Gueranger

Dom Gueranger and the Immaculate Conception

Dom Louis Soltner reports in his biography of Dom Gueranger, Solesmes and Dom Gueranger (80-81), that the good abbot was asked by Pius IX to write something about the Immaculate Conception. It was a secret document, never went beyond draft form, and remained unpublished, but its influence...

French text of Gueranger's works available online!

I just found that the French text of many of Dom Gueranger's works, including the full text of The Liturgical Year , are available online! They are posted on the website of The Abbey of St. Benedict . This will be a great boon when I want to see whether our English translators have...

St. Silverius

In the entry for the feast of St. Silverius (XII,188-191), Dom Fromage continues the emphasis we saw in Dom Gueranger's work on the papacy. As I mentioned previously , France in those days was troubled by Gallicanism, a theory that promoted the rights of the local French bishops over the...

Solesmes and the Sacred Heart

Dom Fromage does not mention the fact, but the feast of the Sacred Heart is a significant one for Dom Gueranger and Solesmes. When the project at Solesmes was nothing more than plans and hopes, he prayed a novena for the success of his efforts: "In the first days of this novena,"...

A difference between Prosper Gueranger and Lucien Fromage

Correct me if I am wrong, but my recollection is that Dom Gueranger cited liturgical texts and Church Fathers, and that is all. I cannot recall a single instance of his citing a modern author. Dom Fromage has cited a certain Bishop Pie of Poitier twice now, once in X,182 and once in X,192....

A Gueranger by any other name....

I was at dinner last Thursday with the chair of our music department, a candidate for our music department, and a couple of theologians. Both of the musicians are interested in Solesmes, the monastary founded by Gueranger, because to this day it is the authoritative center of Gregorian Chant....

Farewell to Gueranger

We are now in volume 9 of The Liturgical Year . The preface has this poignant note: We again earnestly ask our readers to assist us by their prayers, that we may be enabled to bring to a happy termination the work we have undertaken for God's glory and the good of the faithful. God...

Dom Prosper Gueranger the Optimist

Those of us who know and love Dom Prosper Gueranger are aware that, even back in the 19th century, he was already bewailing the lost ages of faith. He's always talking about how things were back in the day, and how far Christendom has fallen, how weak the Church is, how weak the faith of the...

A phrase well turned

Dom Prosper Gueranger is at his worst a florid Frenchman of the 19th century, but at his best he is a true craftsman with his language. Even in translation, the following line made me catch my breath (VIII,408): The primitive faith triumphed; the Council of Nicaea proclaimed the Son to be...

Dom Prosper Gueranger on the Papacy

Today's Gueranger entry gives me the opportunity to post a note that I have meant to get up for a long time. In VIII,150 we can see Dom Gueranger's theory of the papacy at work: Authority is derived from the one supreme Head; thence it flows to the bishops; and these delegate it to the...

New Stuff out in English from Dom Prosper Gueranger

Dom Gueranger's work The Holy Mass will soon be released by Baronius Press . A brief poke through my sources does not reveal what the French Title of this book was, or whether it is simply an editing-up of some larger work. I'd certainly like a look at it!

New Category

Note that I have created a new category over at the right hand side of your screen. If you click on "Dom Gueranger", up should come all the posts concerning historical background for Dom Gueranger, Dom Laurance Shepherd, and their work. That way you can get an overview of any historical-type...

More on Dom Laurence

I found an excellent piece about our translator, Dom Laurence Shepherd, HERE . It says a lot about who Fr. Shepherd was in his own life, and about his relationship with Dom Gueranger. It also reveals how Dom Gueranger's influence spread to England, including to the Downside Abbey, which now...

Dom Gueranger and Fontgombault

I had not realized before that Fontgombault is a branch house of Solesmes, which was founded by Gueranger. In other words, the monastery where my brothers-in-law have spent time learning about monasticism is basically a grandchild of Dom Gueranger. There's a lot more detail on that interesting...

The Vatican speaks about Dom Gueranger

I just noticed today that the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy mentions Dom Gueranger in paragraph 44: "The history of the renaissance of liturgical worship reserves a special place for Dom Prosper Guéranger (+ 1875), who restored the monastic life in France and founded the...

Could it be...Blessed Dom Gueranger? News from the Diocese of Mans

As of December 21, 2005, the diocese of Mans has officially opened the cause for the beatification of Dom Prosper Gueranger! The official announcement reads as follows: "Le 21 décembre 2005, Mgr Faivre a procédé à l'introduction officielle de la Cause de béatification de Dom Prosper...

January 30th

On this day in 1875, Dom Prosper Gueranger died. Happy birthday, Dom Gueranger! About a month after his death, Pope Pius IX acknowledged him as one of the great figures in the church of his day, and Pope Paul VI later referred to him as "the author of the liturgical movement." In fact,...

Dom Gueranger and de Lammenais

I found out from Johnson that Dom Gueranger was a long-time disciple of the Abbe de Lammenais. He read de Lammenais's works throughout his seminary years, established a personal relationship with him as a young priest, and even planned to found the Abbey at Solesmes as a kind of refuge for...

Gueranger and the Papacy

Gueranger's entry for the memorial of St. Peter's Chair at Rome is quite vigorous. As with the issue of the liberty of the Church, here again he gives us extended and moving quotations from a church father along with several strong meditations. And as with the liberty of the Church, we...

Gueranger and the Freedom of the Church--a note for St. Hilary's Day

On the feast of St. Hilary of Poitiers, Gueranger offers several lengthy and powerful quotations from Hilary's writing against the emperor of his day who wished to force Arianism on the Church. Hilary's text is a masterful expression of the Church's independence of the state and of her supreme...

Our translator speaks about Gueranger

Fr. Shepherd wrote some very devoted lines about Gueranger, quoted in Johnson , p. 420: 'The Abbot Dom Gueranger was perhaps the most learned Prelate of his age, at least in those sciences which are ecclesiastical. God had gifted him with all those talents which are requisite for a Master...

A note about our translator

There is an interesting description of Dom Laurance Shepherd, translator of the English edition of The Liturgical year , in Johnson , p. 419: 'Dom Laurence Shepherd, a monk of the English Benedictine Congregation, was a close friend of Gueranger. He was a frequent visitor to Solesmes and...

Yup, that picture really is Dom Prosper Gueranger!

There is pretty much just one photograph of Dom Gueranger on the web, namely this one: While I was too lazy to scan it in myself, I did find the original photo that everyone is posting. It is a centerpiece in Ernest Sevrin's Dom Gueranger et la Mennais: Essai de Critique Historique...

The monastery where Gueranger lived

I'm trying my hand at inserting an image--we'll see how it goes. If this html tag works as it should, you will see below an image of the monastery where Gueranger started his Benedictine group and revived the Benedictine way of life: Here's another shot of the same place:

So do we rename the blog?

I'm not really serious about renaming the blog, but you'll see why the question came to mind in a moment. If you read all the front material to the English edition I own, you'll find a brief note saying that they have added new saints that weren't in the liturgy when Gueranger was writing,...

Caveat emptor! Dangers of buying the French edition.

I was curious about whether Fr. Shepherd is translating the Latin hymns on his own from the Latin, or whether he is in fact translating into English Dom Gueranger's French translation of the Latin. So I went to the library and got out a French copy of the Christmas volume for comparison....
 
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