“The ancient liturgy, with its poignant symbols and innumerable subtleties, is a prolonged courtship of the soul”
Tradition and Sanity. Conversations and Dialogues of a Postconciliar Exile (Angelico Press, 2018)
DESCRIPTION: Tired of the withered fruits of a devastated vineyard, an increasing number of “postconciliar exiles” are making their way, in a pilgrimage of irrepressible curiosity and improbable delight, to the haven of Catholic Tradition — laboring to recover it piece by piece, word by word, rite by rite, chant by chant, devotion by devotion. Tradition and Sanity brings together a round-table discussion, interviews, and imaginary dialogues exploring the depths and shallows of Catholic liturgy, the lyricism of sacred music (or the lack thereof), the state of the Church as it suff ers attack from without and dementia from within, and the revival of traditional beliefs and practices in younger generations turned off by the anti-dogmatic dogmatism of their elders. Dr. Kwasniewski’s latest book engages especially those who have fallen in love with tradition and are eager for a better understanding of it, as well as those who have barely seen traditional Catholicism and yet, in their search for a beauty that does not disappoint, are already on the way to it.
Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of the Ages (Angelico Press, 2017)
DESCRIPTION: The traditional liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church is a highly formal ritual unfolding in layers of elaborate gesture, rich symbolism, whispered Latin, and ancient plainchants. “Experts” after the Second Vatican Council were convinced that such a ritual was irrelevant to “modern man.” To the shock of some, the delight of many, and the surprise of everyone, the old Latin Mass (and much that went along with it) has tenaciously survived during the past half-century and become an increasingly familiar feature in the Catholic landscape. What are the reasons for this revival, especially among the young? And why is this development so important for the renewal of Catholicism? Peter Kwasniewski offers a lively account of the noble beauty and transcendent holiness of the traditional Roman liturgy, which humbles us before the mystery of God, stirs us with its pageantry, carries us into sacred silence, and bears us to a world of invisible realities. He contrasts this priceless treasure with the rationalistic reforms of the sixties, which yielded a Catholic liturgy severed from its own history, inadequate to its theological essence, unequal to its ascetical-mystical purpose, and estranged from its cultural inheritance. His conclusion: if there is to be a new springtime in the Church, the widespread restoration of the traditional liturgical rites will be at the heart of it.
DESCRIPTION: Since the time of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has experienced an unprecedented crisis of identity, symbolized and propelled by the corruption of the greatest treasure of her tradition: the sacred liturgy. The result has been confusion, dismay, devastation. To the surprise of some, however, the same half-century has witnessed a growing counter-movement of Catholics who find in the Church’s traditional liturgy a perennial witness to the orthodox faith, a solid foundation for the interior life, an ever-flowing source of missionary charity, and a living embodiment of the true Catholic spirit. In this book, Peter Kwasniewski presents a fearless critique of the path of liturgical novelty and a detailed apologia for liturgical tradition in all its beauty, richness, and profundity, addressing such topics as solemnity, sacredness, the language of symbols, contemplation, participation, the symbiosis of lex orandi and lex credendi, silence, music, worship in Latin, and Gregorian chant. He confronts the humanism, rationalism, utilitarianism, and modernism so prevalent in the liturgical reform, assesses the prospects and limitations of a “Reform of the Reform,” and reflects on the great gift of Summorum Pontificum. In the end, Kwasniewski argues for a zealous recommitment to Catholic Tradition in its fullness, starting with divine worship and embracing the whole realm of faith and morals, including integral Catholic social teaching. Evidently, there is an all-encompassing crisis in the Church, which the Synods on the Family unveiled to a global audience. Unexpectedly a resurgence is taking place, with the usus antiquior or classical Roman Rite at the very heart of it. To those who have loved the traditional Mass all their lives, those who have newly come to it, or those who simply wish to learn more about the issues, this book offers abundant matter for reflection.
Foreign Language Editions
Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis has been published in Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Polish, German, and Belarusian.
The Latin Mass: The Journal of Catholic Culture and Tradition
Dr. Kwasniewski has written for every issue of The Latin Mass since Winter 2006. This excellent quarterly magazine is available in print as well as online. See the website for more information:
New Liturgical Movement
Dr. Kwasniewski has been contributing weekly articles to New Liturgical Movement since 2013 —over 300 to date. To bring up a chronological list of these articles, use this keyword URL.
Here are some of the most popular:
Dr. Kwasniewski has been a writer for OnePeterFive since its inception in 2014. To bring up a chronological list of his 1P5 articles, use this keyword URL.
The following are among his most important essays to appear there:
Are Faithful Catholics Allowed to Question the Liturgical Reform?—A Dialogue (republished as a chapter of Tradition and Sanity)
Since October 2017, Dr. Kwasniewski has been a blogger for LifeSite News. To bring up a list of his LifeSite articles, use this keyword URL.
The following are some of the liturgically-themed articles:
Selected Articles in Translation
Dr. Kwasniewski’s work has been translated into at least nine languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Croatian, and Belarusian. For each language, a few of the available translations will be listed. To request more articles in a given language, please send a note to Dr. Kwasniewski using the Contact form.
(All of the Belarusian translations, now over 20, may be found at Te Igitur.)
AUDIO + VIDEO
Hyperpapalism and Liturgical Mutation. Lepanto Conference, February 16, 2019, New York
"The Sacred Liturgy and the Ecstatic Orientation of Man" [on ad orientem worship]
"Liturgical Obedience, the Imitation of Christ, and the Seductions of Autonomy" [in defense of fixed and stable liturgy, with no "options"]
Josias Podcast, Episode X: "Liturgy and the Common Good" (with Pater Edmund Waldstein, Jonathan Culbreath, and Joel Feil)