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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!

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More on Buying Gueranger's Work

Canisius | 10 January, 2006 23:14

Sorry so many of my recent posts have been centered around such mundane topics. I do have other topics I want to post about, but they will take me a bit more time to get written.

Meanwhile, I found a foreign ebay listing that offers the complete original French edition (i.e., last volume published around 1878) for 314 euros. My guess is that it's quite a deal, given how rare that edition must be. Still doesn't tell me what the later (cheaper!) editions might sell for.

Out of curiosity, I looked up the English edition currently published. The website I looked at featured a description I have seen elsewhere:

"Published in the 1840s, at a time when the liturgical life of the Church in France was at a low ebb, these volumes were authored by Dom Gueranger, a personal friend of Pope Pius IX and a staunch defender of the Papacy as well as the Roman Liturgy. He has written a book that some have called the "Summa" of the liturgy. The father of St. Therese often read from this book at night to the family. She credits it, along with the Imitation of Christ as being one of the most formative influences on her spiritual life. Pope Pius IX, in the eulogy of his friend, credited him with three great accomplishments: the revival of the monastic tradition in France, restoration of the Roman Liturgy, and the theological justification for two dogmatic definitions, that of the Immaculate Conception and the primacy and infallibility of the Roman Pontiff. There is no more complete work on the Roman Liturgy available."

This has some interesting information, but fails to mention one particular respect in which The Liturgical Year resembles the Summa: it's author did not complete it! As I noted earlier more than a third of The Liturgical Year is not by Gueranger! I suspect that this fact is little known, despite its being mentioned briefly in the prefaces of the 10th and 15th volumes (at least).

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Louis | 11/01/2006, 07:16

You can actually buy a complete set in French for $95. Unfortunately, it's not in the greatest condition, and all the volumes were not published at the same time.

It can be viewed at http://dogbert.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=611145400&searchurl=an%3Dgueranger%26y%3D4%26bsi%3D30%26tn%3DL%2527ANN%25C9E%2BLITURGIQUE%26x%3D56

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Louis | 11/01/2006, 07:19

That last post actually wasn't very helpful for reaching the book; I assumed the blog would treat the web site as a link which could be clicked on.

Anyway, to see the French set, one can go to abebooks and search for L'annee liturgique

Comment Icon buying gueranger(revised)

Louis | 11/01/2006, 07:19

That last post actually wasn't very helpful for reaching the book; I assumed the blog would treat the web site as a link which could be clicked on.

Anyway, to see the French set, one can go to abebooks and search for L'annee liturgique

 
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